Tart Lemon Bars

Because every baker needs a simi-functional lemon bar recipe…  and I’ve dealt with my fair share of dysfunctional ones in the past.  Believe me.  Some of my biggest baking disasters can be traced back to lemon bars.  Below is a recipe that has yet to fail me, is super simple, and requires no additional frills…

Papa a la Huancaína

Papa a la Huancaína is one of my favorite Peruvian dishes, and as Vermont tends to lack good Peruvian cuisine, it falls to me to recreate my own versions of Peruvian dishes such as this one.  Papa a la Huancaína, in its simplest form, is a potato smothered in a spicy cheese sauce.  I decided…

Fresh Thyme Egg Salad

Egg salad – where all good Easter eggs come to their deliciously grizzly end. Ingredients: 6 Hardboiled Eggs 2 tbsp Mayonnaise 1 tbsp fresh Thyme squeeze of Lemon Juice dash of Salt Fresh thyme adds a delicate complexity to this familiar dish. Directions: Peel and dice up your eggs. Place your eggs in a bowl,…

Italian Anise Easter Bread

It took me a few days to post this recipe, but I made this lovely, enriched, anise scented bread on Good Friday, in a lead-up to the Easter weekend festivities.  I found the recipe in The Bread Bible, and decided to give it a try.  The original recipe has you dividing the dough into three…

Chocolate Mousse

When my sister called me yesterday with a “mousse emergency”, my mind immediately jumped, like every Vermonter upon hearing those words, to her having hit a “moose” with her car.  A scarily, common occurrence around here that can have dire, and sometimes even deadly, consequences.  Once she calmed me down, she specified that it was,…

Saffron Semolina Pasta

A basic semolina pasta infused with saffron.  The semolina adds a little bite to your pasta’s texture, and increases the protein content of the pasta while imparting a slightly nutty flavor.  The saffron is a splendid way to dress up your pedestrian pasta into something exotically wonderful – after all, if you are going to…

Fried Cheese and Egg Breakfast Sandwich

Ingredients: 1/4 cup grated Cheddar Cheese (a thickly grated parmesan also works well) 1 Egg non-stick Oil Spray a toasted and buttered English Muffin a handful of Baby Spinach (Optional) Salt and Pepper for seasoning Directions: Heat up a frying pan.  I like to use a cast-iron skillet, but if you have a good non-stick…

Grilled Spinach Pie

A rustic spinach, egg, and cheese pie that has been baked on the grill.  You may be picking up on a pattern here – I will try to grill just about anything during the summer months to cut back on the indoor heat.  My spinach plants have also started to take over the garden, and…