Candy Box Chocolate Cake – Valentine Love

Chefs, Cookbooks, Cooking, Holidays, Recipes, Uncategorized By February 7, 2024

Candy Box Chocolate Cake I’ve been writing about cooking, food trends and chefs for over three decades. Before that, I taught cooking classes, rounding up groups of culinary students to watch and listen as I prepared myriad concoctions. I conducted culinary tours to Europe and Asian long before culinary travel became “a thing,” and have written three cookbooks. Along the…

Cantaloupe Firecracker! Hot and Sweet Magic

Uncategorized By January 31, 2024

This recipe is a perfect example of food that excites more than one area of the palate. It blends the cool sweetness of melon with sour lime and hot chili syrup. Any ripe, firm-fleshed melon will work work here. Once the chili syrup is made, this dish can be thrown together just before serving. Firecracker CantaloupeYield: 8 servings 1/3 cup…

Kale with Cannellini Beans and Italian Sausage – Yum!

Uncategorized By December 27, 2023

Most supermarkets sell big bags of coarsely chopped curly-leaf kale. I couldn’t have imagined such a product when I started writing fruit-and-vegetable cookbooks almost 20 years ago. Back then kale was only available in bundles, if at all. For the most part, the chopped product is free of thick stems, but the occasional sturdy bit or two sneaks in. That…

Cauliflower – Pan-Fried and Seasoned to Over-The-Moon Goodness

Cooking, Melissa's, Produce, Recipes, Uncategorized, Videos By December 12, 2023

Beautifully browned and coated with flavorful spices, these florets can be turned into a irresistible vegetarian meal by serving them over a bed of cooked farro or pasta. America’s Test Kitchen explains that cutting the cauliflower into top-to-bottom planks and then into flat-sided florets, maximizes the surface area for plenty of flavorful browning. The cooking process starts in a covered…

Fuyu Persimmons Shine in a Spinach Salad With an Asian-Themed Dressing

Cookbooks, Cooking, Gadgets, Holidays, Melissa's, Produce, Recipes, Uncategorized By October 23, 2023

Fuyu persimmons are the tomato shaped variety that are a beautiful orange hue. Because they are not astringent, they can be eaten when apple-like firm, or when slightly softened. They are generally available late September through December. I love to add them to a ginger-enriched spinach salad. First, I create some ginger juice to create an irresistible edge to the…

Toasted Quinoa For Breakfast – Trio with Yogurt and Fruit

Cookbooks, Cooking, Melissa's, Produce, Recipes, Uncategorized, Videos By October 11, 2023

Crunchy, tasty pizzazz = Tossed and toasted with agave syrup and oil. This recipe makes more of the crunchy quinoa topping than is used in the dish. The mixture can be thoroughly cooled and stored airtight up to 1 week at room temperature. Use it atop rice, baked apples or sliced stone fruit. Breakfast Bowls with Toasted Quinoa, Kiwi and…

Easy Cucumber Salad, Yes It’s Sunomono

Uncategorized By September 14, 2023

Grocery shopping has its challenges. I try to strategize so that I get everything thing I need once a week. That usually means that at week’s end, all the lettuce has been consumed. So, I plan on end-of-week salads that don’t require lettuce. Japanese-style cucumber salad is one choice: it’s a light and refreshing side dish or starter. One of…

Ligurian Lemon Cake – So Scrumptious

Uncategorized By September 4, 2023

Are you ready to fall in love with the sweet side of lemons? Renowned French pastry chef Pierre Herme will win you over with his Ligurian Lemon Cake, a cake that shows off fresh raspberries and a crown of lightly browned meringue. It is delightfully moist, boasting both butter and extra-virgin olive oil to give alluring flavor and texture. Hungry?…