Green Peach Salad
Food, Sides


Finding a perfectly ripe peach can be a challenge in a modern grocery store. Hard as rocks, almost impossible to slice, these round objects that pass for peaches are often too green to eat. But wait! Food 52’s Genius Recipes has a groundbreaking green peach salad recipe that makes a virtue of even the hardest, most unappealing peaches. It couldn’t be easier, with a half dozen ingredients (including peaches) which you probably already have in your kitchen. Let the salad […]

Chocolate Ginger Squares
Dessert, Food


Two of my very favorite flavors in one cookie-like bar: what could be more delicious (and not entirely unhealthy!) If you have a look at the ingredients in the bar, it’s oatmeal, coconut oil and other healthy things. How healthy you want to make the chocolate topping depends on whether you use chocolate or cacao. I used a bit of both because as much as I know cacao is healthier, the chocolate tastes better to me. That’s the balance I’m […]

Steak Salad
Food, Sides


It’s satisfying when a really unusual flavor pairing turns out to be even better than you imagined. Steak and fresh cherries? Really? And celery? And yet it works in a savory-sweet-hot combination that will have you scraping your plate. The cherry juice combines with the steak juices in a way that will make you want to sing! The presentation is gorgeous, all reds and browns and bright green. And then there’s the jalapeño, which makes everything just pop! This makes […]

Blueberry Cornmeal Poundcake
Dessert, Food


Cake is my favorite food. If you follow @americastable on Instagram you know we have a regular feature called ‘Cakes We Have Known and Loved.’ I would add this to my cake pantheon of personal favorites because 1) it has blueberries, 2) it’s not cloyingly sweet and 3) the mascarpone cheese makes it oh-so-smooth and rich. It’s been a while since I’ve had time to really create a recipe for the blog rather than passing along good recipes from other […]

Almond Elderflower and Lime Travel Cakes
Dessert, Food


Food and Wine magazine had a great take on a travel cake recently – those mouthwatering little cakes you find all over Europe in bakeshops and patisseries, meant for picnics, road trips, or charming hostess gifts. This recipe is for an almond, elderflower and lime cake, and they remind me of the little cakes my Bohemian grandmother used to make when the city relatives would come to visit us country cousins. These cakes can be flavored any way you like […]