Christmas Cookie Palooza 2017

I’ll admit it: I was going to sort of blow off the Christmas cookie roundup I usually share on writes4food.com this year. I just didn’t feel the mojo. Until. Until a lovely woman commented to me (as I was demonstrating a recipe from The Findlay Market Cookbook) last weekend about how much she enjoys my Christmas cookie recipes. So, here we go: Christmas Cookie Palooza 2017 feat. The Dorothy Project. Starting Friday, get your new favorite Christmas cookie recipes on writes4food.com. Continue reading

Awesome appetizers for your Thanksgiving feast.

black pepper taralli

If you stop and think about it, it’s kind of absurd to even consider appetizers before Thanksgiving dinner. But let’s not stop and think about it, shall we? Because all the while the turkey’s in the oven roasting, it’s emanating the most delicious smells from the kitchen. Tummies will invariably rumble. So, yeah: appetizers are a good thing. But you’ll want simple nibbles that aren’t too fussy or difficult to make. Like these. Get my favorite Thanksgiving appetizer recipes over on writes4food.com. Continue reading

Fabulous Thanksgiving side dishes.

butternut squash and wild rice bake | writes4food.com

Rob and I are heading to the beach in South Carolina over the Thanksgiving week, leaving our loving family in Indiana wondering what the hell is wrong with us. So it’ll be shrimp and grits for us on Thanksgiving day. Figuring you’re planning something a bit more traditional, I’ll share my favorite Thanksgiving sides, salads and breads to inspire your Turkey Day menu. See the collection of holiday recipes on writes4food.com. Continue reading

The Dorothy Project: Arizona Mountain Soup.

Arizona Mountain Soup recipe | writes4food.com

This recipe for Arizona Mountain Soup was tucked into my grandmother’s “Kitchen Klips” file of old-fashioned recipes. With hearty beans and rice, this almost chili-like soup is super easy to put together and hearty enough for these first cold nights of the season. Do as the recipe’s originator, Arizona mountain resident Bennie Bennet, does and serve it with cornbread. Get the recipe on writes4food.com. Continue reading

Double carrot risotto.

Double Carrot Risotto recipe | writes4food.com

In my kitchen, ingredients often give rise to recipes instead of the other way around. Recently, I had a bunch of leftover carrot juice from another dish. I had some garden carrots in the “rot drawer.” Carrot juice + carrots became Double Carrot Risotto. It was a hit! With its seasonal flavor and beautiful orange color, it’s the perfect recipe for this time of year. Get the recipe on writes4food.com! Continue reading

The Dorothy Project: Truck stop corn chowder.

truck stop corn chowder recipe | writes4food.com

I mean, c’mon: Who wouldn’t love a recipe called Truck Stop Corn Chowder? (I’d like to know what kind of truck stop is serving this excellent soup!) This recipe, which I presume my grandmother Dorothy clipped from the Indianapolis Star and stashed in her recipe file, is a real winner. Unlike most old-fashioned recipes, this calls for fresh vegetables, and it’s right in season now. Get the recipe on writes4food.com Continue reading