A bunch of folks in my West Adams neighborhood are freelance, myself included. Speaking personally, it can make you a bit loopy at times when you have no water cooler hub bub to satisfy the daily need for human connection. So, this past week I launched what I hope will be the first of
My maternal grandmother was only 5 feet tall but packed a truckload of attitude into every inch. Edith Palm was one of four kids born to poor Swedish immigrants in Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1905. All four kids were tough, funny, hard
The French have done many wonderful things but Tarte Tatin is way up there. This is great to do for dinner parties because you can do most of the prep the day before. And it’s bang for the buck since the ingredients are cheap and easy to
This dish is the second in a series this week on throwing a birthday dinner. See the Kabocha and Fennel Soup post for the full menu. I’ll post the Tarte Tatin recipe this Saturday.
This week’s posts are a tribute to the fine art of the birthday dinner which is less about whether you served great food and more about whether you did it without stressing out and being trapped in the kitchen all night. My mistakes are usually
I believe this bread was invented as an excuse to eat cake for breakfast. My kids request I make this as their birthday cakes each year and sells out at the school holiday bake sale. It’s from King Arthur Flour and needs no adapting. If you ever have
This is a hello/goodbye kind of salad. Bittersweet for the short window when it is possible. Figs are on their way out and the asian greens like mizuna are just coming in. That makes this fleeting culinary combination all the more delightful.
I love all things Lucques and this little gem was inspired by Suzanne Goin’s Clafoutis in Sunday Suppers at Lucques. She did it with cranberries and walnuts and topped with bourbon whipped cream. I had dried cherries and pecans in the
All hail the 6″ cake pan. I love me some cake and I like to make other people happy with cake. But I do not want cake lingering around like that last glass of wine I didn’t need. Enter this lovely little coffee cake adapted from Cook’s