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I'm a blogger on a mission to encourage parents to teach their kids how to cook and eat well.
Interests: cooking, writing, teaching, skiing, biking, hiking, music, travel, literature, entertaining
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I was so happy to come across this recipe the other day in the latest issue of Saveur Magazine, not just because it looked like a delicious holiday season treat, but also because it allowed me to put some rarely used pantry items of mine to good use. It turns out that I had everything I needed to make this... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Oui, Chef
There is something magical in the combination of butternut and sage, don't you think?
I could eat this soup all day every day and never tire of it.
I am SO JEALOUS! Looks like you had a fabulous time, hope I'm with you the next time you go!
Tartines are open faced sandwiches that are found widely throughout France and are one of the things I miss most about living there. While this is clearly not a very French take on a tartine, it remains true to the soul of the concept in that is a "sandwich" that you eat with a knife and fork. I had some... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Oui, Chef
I call these "Twisted Turtle Bars" because they are my spin on the classic as presented by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito in their second cookbook, Baked Explorations: Classic American Desserts Reinvented . I made these to bring to my eldest son and his cronies at college a few weekends back, and decided to modify the original recipe NOT because... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2014 at Oui, Chef
When my Mom was laid up sick in bed for a few days last week she was craving not a chicken noodle soup, but rather a cream of mushroom soup. Not the famed Campbell's from a can version, but something closer to the velvety perfection she remembered enjoying on a cruise we took together many years ago. I didn't have... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2014 at Oui, Chef
I made this amazingly flavorful vegetarian meal the other night in about 15 minutes flat. No, I'm not kidding! If you are reasonably proficient with a knife and can dispatch the onion and fresh ginger quickly, and have a can of chickpeas and diced tomatoes on-hand, then this is about as quick a meal as you can put on your... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2014 at Oui, Chef
I found this hummus on the kitchn, one of my favorite food and lifestyle blogs and decided to make it as a nibble to serve up with cocktails before the middle-eastern influenced Za'atar Lamb and Mejadra meal I had a while back. I'm a fan of hummus of just about every flavor, but normally just make a standard chickpea based... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2014 at Oui, Chef
This little gluten free marvel comes to us courtesy of my friends at Leite's Culinaria. I made it first in my role as a recipe tester for the site, and then again last weekend as an elegant and super tasty end to a dinner party I was hosting. I don't know many people with full-blown Celiacs, but I dare say... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2014 at Oui, Chef
There are as many variations on this queso dip as there are sports bars here in the States, and though I am late posting recipes to enjoy during this year's football season due to my inability to watch the Patriots SUCK in early season play; now that they have gotten their act together and are REALLY playing football I thought... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2014 at Oui, Chef
You always have the best fish vibrant and flavorful!
Leave it to my friends at Cooking Light Magazine to take the ubiquitous chicken caesar salad and turn it on it's head. This delicious twist on the restaurant staple is a breeze to get on the table and relatively healthy due to a re-working of the traditional caesar dressing to make is so much healthier than the standard mayonnaise based... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2014 at Oui, Chef
I made another batch of Mejadra (Mujadra) recently, the awesome middle eastern dish consisting of rice, lentils, gads of spices, and fried onions, and enjoyed it over the course of a week as a dinner side as well as a meatless lunchtime meal. It's an easy, healthy, and super flavorful dish to keep on-hand to fill in the gaps of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2014 at Oui, Chef
Not a fan of cauliflower? That is about to change....I promise you. I've never had strong feelings one way or another about cauliflower, perhaps because it always just struck me as a not very exciting veg. Rather bland to look at, not much better to taste, it seemed one of those "blank canvas" types of items that I never took... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2014 at Oui, Chef
When living in Paris I did most of my grocery shopping at the Marché Saxe-Bruteuil right around the corner from where I lived. The marché was one of the many "pop-up" outdoor markets that can be found on various days throughout each of the 20 arrondissements in the city. Every Thursday and Saturday I'd walk to the market carrying a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at Oui, Chef
Oh my....I can smell this delicious concoction from here!'s soup season again!
Forget the bowl, dig right into the tub and don't stop until it's all gone! Not yet wanting to let go of summer I'm running around like a mad man consuming all the fresh corn and fruits I can get my hands on these days. Even though the morning air has a bit of a chill this time of year,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2014 at Oui, Chef
Growing up in Southern Vermont in the 70s and 80s cheese meant just one thing, glorious Vermont Cheddar. Long before the artisanal cheese making boom that has swept the country over the past 15-20 years, Vermont's cheddar tradition even then was well established. "Imported" cheeses whether from other regions of the US, or from other countries were something I rarely... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2014 at Oui, Chef
My mom asked me to bring a few hors d'oeuvres to a family dinner we had a while back, and as I had some luscious Medjool dates and a bag of baby potatoes in the fridge, I decided to whip up a combo platter of two of my favorite hot nibbles. Both are wrapped in bacon and finish roasted on... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2014 at Oui, Chef
I found some fresh Mexican chourico (chorizo) at the market the other day and it immediately reminded me of a great restaurant dish I had a while back. Not knowing when I would find fresh chourico again (around here we usually see the Spanish smoked and cured version of the spicy sausage), I bought a couple packs for freezing. So... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2014 at Oui, Chef
"or you're married to one...." HA, you slay me! These burgers look like a great veggie alternative for a meatless Monday meal.
HA...I would kill for some of your duck fat for Christmas! I am a huge fan of rabbit, but aside from when I was in school in Paris, have never cooked it. Silly, I know. I bet my local Whole Foods has some, on my list to buy next time I'm there so I can make this great dish.
Because I make so much hummus at home I tend to buy my chickpeas in bulk at BJ's and so I always have a few cans banging around in my pantry. If you don't keep canned (or dry) garbanzos on hand then you should, you can use them in SO many ways. When I saw the recipe that inspired this... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2014 at Oui, Chef