Chocolate Sandwich Cookies
Dessert, Food

CHOCOLATE SANDWICH COOKIES

This time of year makes me think longingly of back-to-school treats, like a really special cookie to nibble on after a frenetic day of school. I liked having enticing snacks waiting for my kids after school, because it would make them slow down long enough to tell me about their day while they ate. It became our routine, and helped me know what was going on with their schoolwork, teachers and friends. Our snacks were generally healthier things, like fruit […]

America’s Table is taking it on the road for the month of August. Please follow our travels and food finds on Instagram as we hit the beach and the mountains with the whole furry family.
Travel

HAPPY AUGUST

America’s Table is taking it on the road for the month of August. Please follow our travels and food finds on Instagram as we hit the beach and the mountains with the whole furry family.

Open-faced Grilled Cheese with Honey
Food, Lunch

OPEN-FACED GRILLED CHEESE WITH HONEY

I wouldn’t call this a recipe – just another way of making a really delicious grilled cheese. I’m always looking to cut corners on calories, and removing one piece of bread makes me feel like it’s ok to have a grilled cheese. But I like every snack, sandwich, dessert and meal to feel a little special. (Another dieting trick – if you feel satisfied by what you’re eating, it’s easier to stick to a diet.) For example, have you ever […]

Cheddar Caraway Crisps and Thyme Gougeres
Appetizers, Food, Snack

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 […]

Outside of Prestonfield House
Travel

SCOTTISH SUMMER

Have you ever planned a vacation to avoid the weather at home? After too many broiling summers in Washington, we made a point of choosing a vacation spot that would be cold – even chilly. Rain would be ok too. So we went to Scotland, where it turned out they were having a record heat wave. Sunny and hot every day. It was spectacular; the people and the sights were so energizing that we could hardly mind those 80-degree days. […]