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

The Dorothy Project: Overnight coffee cake.

Overnight Cinnamon Pecan Coffee Cake recipe | writes4food.com

Two things strike me about this recipe that I found in my grandma Dorothy’s old recipe file: one, the beautiful penmanship, and two, this line: “Can be made 2 days before, providing you have good refrigeration.” Good refrigeration. This Overnight … Continue reading

The Dorothy Project: Best fudge brownies ever.

The Best Fudge Brownies Ever. That’s the title of this recipe that I found tucked into my grandmother’s “Kitchen Klips” file of old recipes. So, yeah, that one went on my list of her recipes to make. And it’s awesome. Best Ever? You decide! Get the recipe on writes4food.com. Continue reading

The Dorothy Project: Poppy seed cake.

Welcome to installment No. 1 of The Dorothy Project, in which I’ll cook my way through many of the recipes in my grandma’s old recipe file. First up: one of my favorite desserts from growing up. I loved poppy seed cake so much it was the top layer of our wedding cake. Get my grandma’s old-fashioned recipe on writes4food.com — it’s really easy! Continue reading

Quick fresh tomato soup.

low-fat tomato and roasted red pepper soup recipe | writes4food.com

Who doesn’t love grilled cheese and tomato soup? It’s, like, the best lunch ever. And it makes a great easy supper. But—blech!—canned tomato soup. Nope, you need this Quick Tomato Soup recipe: really great, good for you and almost (almost!) as easy as opening up that can. Get the recipe on writes4food.com. Continue reading

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

black pepper taralli

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

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

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