Cookbooks

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…

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…

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…