A Barley Salad to Love

Cookbooks, Cooking, Produce, Recipes By November 12, 2020

This salad recipe is adapted from “Ancient Grains for Modern Families” by Maria Speck (Ten Speed, $29.99). Speck used marinated dried figs in the salad, which are delicious. But I changed my mind about the figs when I had a luscious quinoa salad at Marche Moderne restaurant (Newport Coast). It was adorned with candied kumquats. Reset. I love the sweet-tart…

Pumpkin Cheesecake Squares – Holiday Joy

Cookbooks, Holidays, Recipes By November 11, 2020

Make or buy a pumpkin pie if you must, but these layered creamy-crispy squares will most-likely be the pumpkin stars.  Make Ahead: Can be prepared 2 days in advance and refrigerated. Happy Holidays to all the cooks and all their helpers. Pumpkin Cheesecake Crumble SquaresYield: 20-24 squaresCrust and Streusel:1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour3/4 cup golden brown sugar1/2 teaspoon salt1/2 cup…

Chicken with Caramelized Onion and Cardamom Rice, Wowzers

Chefs, Cookbooks, Cooking, Melissa's, Recipes By November 1, 2020

Chicken with Caramelized Onion and Cardamom Rice: My niece Holly Sue is a chef. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, many years ago she left a restaurant career to raise her family, but later started a highly successful at-home personal chef business when her boys were approaching middle school age. Her clients pick up made-from-scratch family dinners twice…

Ginger Cookies with Double Dose Zing

Uncategorized By October 28, 2020

Fresh ginger + crystallized ginger Two kinds of ginger make these cookies irresistibly delicious – – – fresh ginger and crystallized ginger come to this party. Some like to eat ginger for its health benefits, proclaiming that it cures everything from nausea to sore throats. But, I adore it for its alluring flavors – its pleasant peppery bite balanced with…

Rad Red Times Three Salad with Beets, Blood Oranges and Pomegranates

Cookbooks, Cooking, Melissa's, Produce, Recipes, Videos By September 28, 2020

I love red-fleshed fruits and vegetables! Red Times Three Salad showcases three of my favorites: blood oranges, red beets and pomegranate seeds. Blood orange’s sweet-sour flavor profile has a subtle note of raspberry. It pairs beautifully with the earthy edge of beets. I use Melissa’s ready-to-eat peeled and steamed baby beets – they are so convenient and beat the heck…

Layered Enchiladas Suizas, Oh Boy

Cooking, Melissa's, Recipes, Uncategorized By September 21, 2020

Many years ago, after taking cooking classes at the Santa Fe School of Cooking in New Mexico, I decided that layering enchiladas in a pan was a much faster and easier than the tradition individual stuff-and-roll approach. Right? A recent article in Martha Stewart Living magazine, offered a layered vegetarian enchiladas suizas recipe. I substituted small cubes of butternut squash…

Cake with Cider-Doughnut Personality

Cooking, Recipes, Uncategorized By September 7, 2020

In my book, an apple-cider donut is one of the best bets in the bakery box, both in flavor (apple and spices) and texture (crunch, crunch of sugar-salt-cinnamon-nutmeg coating). This loaf cake captures those lovely traits. The apple note comes from reducing apple cider to intensify the sweet-tart beauty; it’s used in the batter, atop the cake just out of…