Cranberry and Orange Relish
Food, My Recipes, Sides, Sides


This is one of my mother’s recipes – a cold, sweet-and-tart cranberry relish that we all love because it’s like a palate cleanser on your Thanksgiving dinner plate. There’s no cooking required – just an assemblage of raw cranberries, apples and oranges (and orange rind!) with a little sugar to balance the flavors. And did I mention that this is the fastest dish you’ll make all Thanksgiving day? In the time it takes to whirl the ingredients up in the […]

Smoked Salmon Pizza


This was the pizza to revolutionize all pizzas. Wolfgang Puck’s ingenuity in pizza toppings back in the eighties changed forever how we eat pizza today. He was the first to recognize the incredible versatility of pizza dough, and to see it as a basis for almost any ingredient – pineapple, kale, ham – it all began with this simple recipe for smoked salmon pizza with caviar and crème fraiche. I had forgotten all about this pizza until I saw the […]

Flowers of Autumn


This is my favorite time of year in the garden. The flowers may no longer be at their best, but the trees and shrubs that have provided their simple green backdrop all summer have changed form and color, letting their berries and fruits deepen into rich autumnal colors of infinite textures and depth. Green becomes gold, or red, or orange; it’s impossible to take a walk without picking up a perfect acorn, a sugar maple leaf of deepest russet, or […]

Chocolate Coconut Pound Cake
Dessert, Food


There’s something about the rich texture of a pound cake that is unmistakably wonderful. Whatever the flavor, it’s so appealing you just want to eat the whole piece immediately, washed down with a glass of milk, so you can get to the second piece right away. The combination of buttermilk and chocolate in this pound cake makes it so smooothhh. It’s like a Swiss milk chocolate candy bar in cake form. It’s a Halloween dessert for adults, luscious and deceptively […]

Baked Apple Slices
Food, Snack


Apples are such a primal food – satisfying, long-lasting, portable, and good for you. Earlier this year I embarked on a serious diet. Over four months I lost 16 pounds; eating apples helped me do it. I ate a couple a day, whenever I was really hungry or had a craving for sweets. I also started eating dried apples, which I found at the farmers’ market, and then came upon this recipe from Medical Medium for making my own baked […]