Golden spiced lentil soup.

Need something warming, happy and delicious for lunch? This Golden Spiced Lentil Soup recipe fills the bill. Quick-cooking red lentils and a handful of aromatic vegetables make this come together with practically no effort, and turmeric and cumin give it tons of warmly spiced flavor. Get the recipe on writes4food.com! Continue reading

Buttery root vegetable mash.

Winter squash and root vegetables are abundant in local farmers’ markets even during cold months. (Not like we’re exactly having typically cold winter weather right now.) Sauté these babies in lots of butter, simmer them in vegetable stock and fork them into a chunky mash that’s perfect as a side to grilled steak or roast chicken. Get the recipe on writes4food.com! Continue reading

Christmas Cookie-palooza: Raspberry hazelnut thumbprints.

raspberry hazelnut thumbprint cookie recipe | writes4food.com

Quick: You have to bake a batch of Christmas cookies for the kid’s school party, or the office gift exchange, or the neighborhood caroling festivities. Here you go: an easy butter cookie rolled in toasted nuts and topped with a jewel of jam. Get the recipe on writes4food.com! Continue reading

Christmas Cookie-Palooza: Chai shortbread.

chai spiced shortbread cookie recipe | writes4food.com

If you’re making an assortment of Christmas cookies, you’ll want a shortbread type: they’re pretty, tasty and easy to make. I’ve updated the traditional shortbread cookie recipe with warm, seasonal chai spices. Get your new favorite cookie recipe on writes4food.com! Continue reading

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.

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