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Walnut Baklava with Lemon Honey Syrup

I have been making baklava once a year for the last 25 years or so. I am not allowed to make it more often unless it involves shipping it off to friends and family! It’s highly addictive to eat and deceptively simple to make. With a few basic rules on how to handle phyllo dough, baklava can

Fresh Fig Cake

We bought our house about 10 years ago from the sweetest little old lady. Dorothy, somehow an apt name for her, had raised many kids in this little cape cod home. She was now a widow and ready to move on to a retirement home. When we went to look at the house, she gave us chocolate chip

Palak Paneer (Creamed Spinach from India)

We had a pretty fancy dinner party at our house the other day- something that does not happen very often. There were 7 items prepared by 3 chefs for 11 guests. By chefs choice, it was an authentic Indian meal. The chefs spent about 2 weeks coordinating schedules and planning the menu to an

Spring Pizza

The last time I went to the Farmer’s Market, my hands were so full of strawberries that I couldn’t buy all the other exciting produce that was there. This time, I took an extra pair of hands with me (someone still needs to carry the strawberries!). This is a pizza from a book

The Many Uses of Chickpeas- Part 1

Chickpeas (aka Chana or  Garbanzo beans) are one of the most versatile beans available- whether used whole, split or as flour. They are important staples around the world. Chickpeas are integral to the cuisines of India, the Middle East and across the Mediterranean regions. For vegetarians and

Black Bean Empanada- Galician Style

There are core combinations of ingredients in every cuisine that are constantly repeated in recipe over recipe. In Spanish cuisine, one such combination is bell peppers, onions, tomatoes and garlic. This combination cooked in olive oil is known as a “sofrito.” It is the foundation for

Chocolate Chip Hazelnut Cookies

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man (woman or child) in possession of a sweet tooth must be in want of a chocolate chip cookie.” If Jane Austen had tried a chocolate chip cookie, she might have used this as the opening to Pride and Prejudice instead of her famous

Pizza Margherita

Making the perfect homemade pizza has been a 25 year obsession work in progress  for me. I have been constantly fine tuning my method based on the tastes of those I make it for, as well as on some pretty amazing pizzas I have eaten in the US and Italy. You know you are obsessed with pizza

Hold the lettuce please…

A couple of years ago, we got into the habit of eating Sunday lunch at a nice salad place after my son’s weekly piano lesson. It was one of those places where they have a million fresh ingredients that you can customize into your own salad. They start with lettuce and then add whatever you

Chocolate-Hazelnut Tart

Is there a more classic dessert combination than chocolate and hazelnuts? I can still remember the special fragrance of the chocolate-hazelnut gelato in Florence, Italy. For a few months now I have been stocking up on hazelnuts and high quality chocolate to make a dessert. I was not sure what I