Black pepper taralli (or, the best cocktail snack ever).

When Rob and I traveled to Italy recently, I was obsessed—obsessed!—with taralli, those most perfect of cocktail nibbles. Cute and round and packed with flavors of olive oil, pepper and salt, these little, round, shortbread-like crackers are perfect with an aperitivo. They’re hard to find in the U.S., so I was delighted to find an easy recipe to make them at home. Get it at writes4food.com! Continue reading

Grandmother’s blueberry buckle.

Armed with a pint of fresh blueberries from Northern Kentucky’s Thistlehair Farm, I dug out Grandmother’s recipe for Blueberry Buckle. I found it in her battered copy of “Betty Crocker’s Picture Cook Book” from 1950 and made several enhancements, notably adding orange zest to the streusel topping. It’s perfect with vanilla ice cream, and nearly as good eaten over the kitchen sink right before bed. Get the recipe on writes4food.com! Continue reading

Easy skillet pita bread.

One of my favorite things to make for dinner on a warm evening is practically no-cook: some homemade hummus or tabbouleh, a fresh tomato salad, some meats and cheeses, and a few homemade pita breads. Pita’s a great starter bread — easy to make and quick to cook on the grill or in a cast-iron skillet. Get my homemade pita bread recipe on writes4food.com. Continue reading

Basic fruit shrub.

Folks, now is THE time to make a vinegar shrub using seasonal fruit. What’s a shrub, you ask? It’s a very old-fashioned-but-super-trendy infusion of vinegar with sugar and fruit or other flavorings. And it’s a great starting point for any seasonal cocktail you can come up with. Also great with a splash of club soda for a refreshing non-alcoholic drink. Get my basic fruit shrub recipe on writes4food.com! Continue reading

What to do with garlic scapes.

how to cook with garlic scapes

They’re here! Garlic scapes! What’s a garlic scape, you ask? It’s the cute curlicue that sprouts from the center stalk of garlic as it grows. Gardeners and farmers know to clip off the scape — it’s delicious! — and removing it sends the plant’s full energy toward the underground bulb. Here’s a primer on what to do with the garlic scapes you find at farmers’ markets now. Continue reading

Grandma’s red raspberry chiffon pie.

Grandma's red raspberry chiffon pie recipe | writes4food.com

This recipe for Red Raspberry Chiffon Pie is one of my favorite recipes from my grandmother Dorothy. She made it all the time when I was growing up, and no wonder: It’s so simple and so good. I think every day should include pie. You’ll want to give this recipe a try! Get the recipe on writes4food.com. Continue reading

Dorothy’s homemade noodles.

homemade egg noodle recipe | writes4food.com

My beloved grandmother, Dorothy, taught me how to cook many things; No. 1 on the list is homemade noodles. In her memory, I’ll be making a batch of these soon. They’re easy and fun to make, and don’t require a pasta machine — you can use these noodles as you would pasta, with a light sauce as they’re fairly delicate. Or, you know, in chicken soup. Here’s the recipe on writes4food.com. Continue reading