Yeast Biscuits

YEAST BISCUITS These lovely, light yeast biscuits are a memory from the first and only time I met my Great Grandmother Rogers. She made fried chicken and biscuits in honor of our visit (I still have the recipe in her slightly wobbly handwriting), and they were a revelation. I was six, and the whole experience was wonderful – to meet a total stranger who was a family member, and so loving and kind as she welcomed us into her little […]


Zucchini Lasagna

ZUCCHINI LASAGNA There are times when a hearty Italian meal is the only thing that will satisfy a cold, dark, deep winter appetite. But while the brain is craving lasagna, the hips are saying, “you already can’t fit into your fat jeans!” Here’s the compromise: a lasagna with all its tomato-y, cheesy goodness, but instead of noodles, how about gluten-free zucchini strips? And lots of healthy greens, tomatoes, and herbs instead of meat? You’re going to eat twice as much […]


Chocolate Bundt Cake

CHOCOLATE BUNDT CAKE When I first learned to cook, my mother started me out on desserts – possibly to engage my culinary interest, or maybe because by the time she got to the end of the meal she had run out of steam and was glad to have someone else do the dessert. Bundt cakes were all the rage back then, and I made them in many forms: lemon, double chocolate, ginger molasses, and even a dark chocolate with coconut […]


Sriracha Sesame Beef Skewers

SRIRACHA SESAME BEEF SKEWERS Sriracha is the chili sauce of the moment, an import from Thailand wildly embraced by every American fast food outlet from Applebee’s to White Castle. That doesn’t mean you should pass it by; on the contrary, sriracha is everywhere because it’s a howling wake-up call for the tastebuds. It doesn’t have to make tears stream down your face; used judiciously, it adds texture and heat that elevates a dish exotically. I added sriracha to my favorite […]