Date Archives August 2009

Summer meals: gratins and sauces

I’ve been on a gratin kick again the last few days.  The first one was a remake of an eggplant, zucchini, basil and cheese gratin dish I blogged a year ago.  It was one of my favorite meals of 2008, and it struck gold again. It should have been enough for 4 people, but was… Continue reading

Elise’s Chocolate & Zucchini Cake

What do excess zucchini and a bored, unwell 4 year old have in common?  Elise’s Chocolate Zucchini Cake over at Simply Recipes!  This made for a fun Sunday afternoon project, and we’ve been happily nibbling the delicious results all week. It has a wonderful chocolate flavor, and stays moist and not too dense. Lisl was… Continue reading

Lulu’s Baked Halibut with Mushrooms and Cream

Some days you see a recipe and weather be damned.  That’s what happened to me when I was flipping through Richard Olney’s homage to Lulu Peyraud, Lulu’s Provencal Table and saw: “Baked Halibut with Mushrooms and Cream” Yes, I’m a sucker for breadcrumbs. I cooked the dish that very night to bid adieu to L’s… Continue reading

Slow Baked Dry Rubbed Spare Ribs

Theoretically, I should experiment more with dry rubs but, well, it’s just… for me, this stuff is like the grill equivalent of crack.  Crack and pork. Pork and crack. I play around with ratios and leading actors, but I always come back to the same basic cast of characters.  When these players hit the stage… Continue reading

Shiitake, Chard Ravioli in Dashi Broth w Watercress and Shimeji Mushrooms

Homemade ravioli, stuffed with shiitake mushrooms, chard stems, shallots, pine nuts, parsley and parmesan, made from fresh beet-leaf pasta, served with a dashi-mushroom broth with watercress, scallion greens, and shimeji mushrooms. That’s a mouthful to say, but was an absolute delight to eat.  It was also my first attempt to make up an Asian-European fusion… Continue reading

Peach, Blueberry and Apricot Cake

When it comes to baking, one of my favorite test kitchens belongs to a New Jersey blog called Stacey Snacks.  I’m not a huge baker, even though I might aspire to Zoe heights, however I’ve mentioned before that baking has become a fun activity where I can involve our 4 yr old munchkin. When Lisl… Continue reading