Christmas Cookie-Palooza: Fruitcake gems.

Christmas Fruicake Cookie recipe | writes4food.com

These Christmas Fruitcake Gems hit all the right notes: caramel-y but not too sweet (yay, dark brown sugar!), tender, studded with dried fruit and chopped pistachios. If you think of that leaden brick on the dessert buffet when you think fruitcake, let these Christmas fruitcake cookies change your mind. Get this and other holiday cookie recipes on writes4food.com, now through Christmas. Continue reading

Christmas Cookie-Palooza 2016.

old-fashioned Spritz butter cookie recipe | writes4food.com

Baking friends: Are you ready? Got your fresh baking powder, your new bottle of vanilla, your nuts and colored sugars and a 5-pound bag of flour? It’s Christmas Cookie-Palooza 2016! I’ll be posting festive cookie recipes on writes4food.com through the end of December; in the meantime, enjoy these recipes from the archive! Continue reading

Awesome Thanksgiving appetizers.

prosciutto-arugula puff pastry appetizers | writes4food.com

If you’re hosting the Thanksgiving feast and need just. one. more. appetizer to fill out the spread (or if you’re going to be guests like us and need to bring a little nibble) here’s your library of easy Thanksgiving Day appetizer recipes. Get the recipes on writes4food.com! Continue reading

Grandma’s homemade egg noodles.

homemade egg noodle recipe | writes4food.com

I thought of my grandmother Dorothy today, which prompted me to recall this favorite recipe she shared with me for homemade noodles. Like all cooks of her generation, Grandma is a “some of this, some of that” kind of cook, so I had to wrangle her to get the actual measurements for this recipe. Learn to make homemade egg noodles (pasta all’uovo) at writes4food.com Continue reading

Caprese salad with homemade ricotta.

caprese salad + homemade ricotta

If you’re tired of sliced tomatoes and fresh mozzarella — the classic Caprese salad — try it with freshly made ricotta cheese instead. Homemade ricotta? Absolutely! Super easy and fun. Start with high quality dairy (we love Snowville Creamery products) and let heat and acid work their magic! Get the recipe for homemade ricotta cheese on writes4food.com! Continue reading

Creamy tomato gazpacho.

recipe for smooth tomato gazpacho | writes4food.com

It’s gazpacho time, people! Time to use all those tomatoes, cukes and bell peppers threatening to overtake the yard (or is that just my yard?). Time to toast up some croutons to go on top. Time to not really cook at all, but still feel like you’re eating like royalty. Get my latest gazpacho recipe! Continue reading

Awesome summer corn recipes.

whole grain farro salad with corn and tomatoes recipe | writes4food.com

Around here, we’re knee-deep in corn season, and these hot days are producing fat, juicy, sweet ears ripe for the picking. I’m a corn-on-the-cob girl all day long, but sometimes I want to enjoy it in different ways, raw or cooked. Here’s a roundup of my favorite corn recipes, just right for summer. Enjoy! Continue reading

Spiced cherry tomato jam.

homemade spiced cherry tomato jam recipe | writes4food.com

You may ask yourself, “tomato jam?” And I say, “yes! Tomato jam!!!” Fantastic with sharp cheddar and chevre on a cheese board. This excellent Spiced Tomato Jam recipe is a gateway to both jam-making and home canning: It yields a small batch, cooked without pectin, that’s easy to manage if you want to give canning a try. (Freezes well, too.) Get the recipe! Continue reading

Quick dill pickles.

quick refrigerator dill pickle recipe | writes4food.com

Just when I thought our cucumber crop was a bust (pollinators were slow to find all those yellow flowers hidden beneath giant leaves), we’re finding ourselves with something of a cuke farm. What to do with them? As they say on Portlandia, “We can pickle that!” Get the recipe for quick refrigerator dill pickles; they’re on our dinner table alongside burgers and chips for a summer supper tonight! Continue reading

Strawberry pie in a brown butter graham crust.

fresh strawberry pie in salted brown butter graham crust recipe | writes4food.com

We’re on the cusp of strawberry season, and I plan to eat as many local strawberries as I can, prepared in as many ways as I can, for as long as I can. First up: my grandmother’s classic strawberry pie, moderned-up in a salted browned butter graham cracker crust. Yeah, you’re gonna want to make this. Get the recipe! Continue reading