Cheddar Caraway Crisps and Thyme Gougeres
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CHEDDAR CARAWAY CRISPS AND THYME GOUGERES

There’s nothing like a warm-and-puffy or thin-and-flaky homemade hors d’oeuvre to go with a chilled glass of rose’ or summer white wine. They’re just so delectable when they’re fresh out of the oven and melting blissfully on your tongue. Here are two recipes I love – and have made many times. They’re both herb-y and very ‘of-the-moment’ in the catering world. And easy – did I say easy? Enjoy! Cheddar Caraway Crisps Serves: Makes about 4 dozen thin crackers Prep […]

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BARLEY CAULIFLOWER SALAD

Happiest of New Years! We’re starting ours with a healthy but substantial salad to begin to offset yesterday’s food transgressions. Time to pay the piper, but let’s do it deliciously, with a warm barley and roasted cauliflower salad that feels like a meal. It’s also a great side with chicken or fish, and as cold leftovers – well, there won’t be any but if there were, you’d enjoy them. Wishing you a year of peace, health and good food! Barley […]

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BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP WITH LIME CREAM

This is a decadent autumn soup very similar to one we used to serve at the White House. It was so good that people would scrape their bowls to finish it. I like soups for a first course in the fall and winter, in small cream-colored soup bowls. The smaller, handled bowls hold just enough to whet the appetite for the rest of the meal, and it’s a simple and comforting beginning. It would make a great starter for a […]

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Wild Rice and Mushroom Soup with Caraway Rye Crackers

I’m a lazy cook. I like recipes with fewer ingredients that aren’t too complicated, especially foods that are adaptable for different kinds of meals. This mushroom soup can be an elegant starter (wonderful for a Thanksgiving dinner if you’re already thinking about the holidays) or a substantial entree with the addition of wild rice. You might see this on a menu and think, ‘Mushroom soup – meh.’ But it’s rich and nourishing, and with the addition of caraway rye crackers […]

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FRIED OYSTERS WITH BACON

This is a recipe for the times when you need a snack ‘with a capital K’ – you know, when it’s not close to mealtime but you’ve got a powerful craving for something savory and bursting with flavor – and it can’t be just anything. Fried oysters are a rich treat, and when you add garlic and sage and bacon – well, of course it’s mouthwateringly good. A plate of these thrown down with a fresh round of beers on […]