In the Mood for Pasta
Well, do we have a hearty sauce with a sultry past, perfect for a chilly eve… Puttanesca. Although its origins take a wink from the Italian ladies of the night, this dish is packed with rather wholesome ingredients like a bounty of cherry tomatoes, capers, anchovies, Kalamata olives, fresh herbs and your favorite pasta! This month boasts National Pasta Day, so what are waiting for…
Prep time – 15 minutes Cook time – 30 minutes
2 pints ...
Throwing a Halloween party for your favorite ghouls? This classic Frankenstein cake may have a few stitches, but it tastes horrifyingly delicious.
First, start with your favorite cake recipe or box mix. Prepare batter and pour into a round pan. Follow baking directions on recipe or on box. Remove from oven and let cool on rack. You may need to make 2 pans, stacking the cakes to achieve a taller cake height. Next, whip up a white butter cream or sour cream icing, or if lazy and out of time, ...
A Bite Out of History
In observance of Constitution Day, let’s explore what the founding fathers ate. What’s in it? A recipe helps us understand a bit more about one’s personality and preferences. For instance, George Washington was one of the only founding fathers to run an estate with financial success. He was a general, diplomat, farmer, distiller, and much more. He enjoyed the varied tastes of his many careers, from porter made in the battlefield to cherries from his orchards at Mount Vernon. As one of the ...
A Nod to the Neapolitan Classic
Neapolitan ice cream, the beautifully layered dessert that evokes memories of childhood, takes its name from the Neapolitan immigrants who brought their frozen desserts to America during the 19th century. The term has come to refer not just to ice cream, but anything that’s flavored with chocolate, vanilla and strawberry. You can find this popular flavor and color trio in cakes, cupcakes, cookies and beverages. Any off-shoot of the original ice cream inspiration, is all good!
Try this ...
Theater Food Staple
A movie-goer’s staple is popcorn. It’s ceremonial, coveted and oh so satisfying. It punctuates a good thriller when unsuspecting viewers hurl it into flight. It has seen many film genres, and homemade takes and concoctions. It is served salted, peppered, sweetened, drizzled and paired with candies and nuts and just about anything from hot sauce and cheese to sweetened condensed milk and spices. In celebration of film-making and the arts, we are serving up a popcorn recipe for the sweet tooth. More...
A Sweet Turnover for Mom
To celebrate Mom, start Mother’s Day off with a little pampering from the heart! Serve her breakfast in bed with a menu of heart-shaped turnovers, sweet breadsticks, juice, and a floral bouquet side. For ALL that she does (for your entire life without praise), and ALL that she is (the depth of which is not explored until later life), a few recipes are outlined below. Add her favorite juice, fresh or cut fruit garnishing, and your personalized decor touches to the breakfast tray. And don’t ...
Who doesn’t like a gourmet cupcake, or any cupcake for that matter! These sweet indulgences will complement any seasonal gathering, dinner party or holiday luncheon. For starters, make a batch of cupcakes (your choice), using your favorite family recipe or packaged variety. Cool and let rest. Whip up the following basic cream cheese icing fixings below, along with other essentials.
1/2 cup butter, softened
8 ounces cream cheese
4 cups confectioners' sugar
2 teaspoons ...
And so, the old Irish limerick goes… Boxty on the griddle, boxty on the pan; if you can't make boxty, you'll never get a man. What is “boxty,” you say? Boxty is yet another example of a simple, hearty food made from ingredients that were close at hand for the traditional Irish farmer. The main ingredient – potatoes – could be grown in the harshest, rockiest of climates. Boxty, or potato pancake, was often made from the leftover mashed potatoes from a prior meal. Typical sides such ...
Luck O the Irish Brew
Before the bastardization of Irish brew and additive tweaks like Bailey’s and a Maraschino cherry, stands the original Irish Coffee classic! Back to Irish basics….
1 cup freshly brewed hot coffee
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 jigger Irish whiskey (1 1/2 ounces or 3 tablespoons)
Heavy cream, slightly whipped
Fill footed mug or fluted glass with hot water to preheat it, then empty. Pour piping hot coffee into warmed glass until it is about 3/4 ...
A Sweet-Hearty Start
Start Valentine’s Day off right with a sweet-hearty breakfast for your significant other. This romantic twist to the standard eggs and toast fare is heart healthy, nutritious and thoughtful. You should have all staple ingredients on hand, and prep time is under 10 minutes.
First, pan fry an egg or two and pop in a few slices of toast. If time permits, you can substitute toast for pancakes, waffles or biscuits. Cut items in heart shapes, snacking on scraps. Top the toast with butter, or ...