Cookbooks

Chocolate, Caramel and Shortbread In One Delicious Bar Cookie

Cookbooks, Cooking, Holidays, Recipes By July 21, 2020

Thank you, Carole Bloom. These Chocolate-Caramel Shortbread Bars are one of my all-time favorite bar cookies. The recipe is from Bloom’s book, “Caramels” (Gibbs Smith, $24.99). These delicate, very full-flavored bars bring together all my favorites. The dark brown sugar used to make the shortbread provides a richer taste than traditional shortbread that is made with white sugar. But it…

The Lime Pie That Saved Us

Cookbooks, Cooking, Melissa's, Uncategorized By June 10, 2020

Initially, it was the title that grabbed me. “The Lime Pie That Saved Us” Sounds like something I could use right now … This is how Nicole Rucker, founder and owner of Fiona and Rucker’s Pie in Los Angeles explains the name in her cookbook “Dappled: Baking Recipes for Fruit Lovers” (Penguin Random House, $32) “I opened my restaurant Fiona…

Grilled Artichoke Heaven

Cookbooks, Cooking, Recipes, Uncategorized By May 5, 2020

Grilled artichokes are a great dish to serve when warm-weather entertaining. Not only are they scrumptious, most of the preparation can be done in advance. Blanched until tender and then grilled before serving, they seem to be adored by all, especially when served with a tasty dipping sauce. Grilled Artichokes with Dipping SauceYield: about 6 servings4 to 6 artichokes (preferably…

Hugh’s Herby, Peanutty, Noodly Salad

Cookbooks, Cooking, Melissa's, Recipes, Uncategorized By May 1, 2020

“River Cottage Veg” by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall (Ten Speed, $35) is chockablock with irresistible recipes. The author is a British broadcaster, farmer and educator, as well as the recipient of several James Beard Awards for his cookbooks. A campaigner for sustainably produced food, he established the River Cottage farm in Dorset, England in 1998. I often refer to this book when…

Pozole – Lusciousness in a Bowl

Cookbooks, Cooking, Recipes By March 26, 2020

There’s something very comforting about a steaming bowl of pozole, the tender cubes of pork adrift in a broth that sings with just-right spiciness. The stew-like concoction is loaded with hominy. In the translation from Spanish, “pozole” means hominy. Hominy is the name given to whole corn kernels that have been cooked in a lye or lime solution to remove their…

Scrumptiously Simple Salmon

Chefs, Cookbooks, Recipes By February 3, 2020

Mark Bittman, NYT’s columnist and cookbook author, knows how to create tempting flavors without much fuss. Try out his Salmon and Tomatoes in Foil for a quick weeknight entree. This 5-ingredient recipe takes about 5 minutes to put together and roughly 12 minutes to bake. Easy. Salmon and Tomatoes in Foil Yield: 4 servings 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1…