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Crostini with Herbed Chevre and Caramelized Onion Relish

Crostini with Herbed Chevre and Caramelized Onion Relish

What a perfect appetizer for fall as you can use up all your herbs that have been growing faithfully all summer and utilize organic onions, garlic and goat cheese from Durham’s own Funny Girl Farm. This appetizer can be made completely ahead, toast the bread, make the cheese topping, caramelize the onions and assemble before […]

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Best Ever New England Clam Chowder

Best Ever New England Clam Chowder

The time of year is here where we are more apt to serve soups and enjoy the hearty flavors of something substantial such as the BEST ever New England clam chowder. What makes this soup so yummy is that there are a lot of fresh sweet clams and it is thick but not overly like […]

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Date Almond Phyllo Cigars

Date Almond Phyllo Cigars

I bought dates that I wasn’t loving from Costco- they are organic, pitted dates but have a dry texture and would be best for cooking, so I wanted to use them up in a dessert and came up with these wonderful crunchy, delicious phyllo cigars. You can use walnuts or pistachios in place of the […]

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Flourless Chocolate Torte

Flourless Chocolate Torte

This is my go to cake whenever I am bringing a dessert to someones party or hosting my own dinners. You can’t go wrong with chocolate and when you have a cake that is this simple it’s an added bonus. Flourless cakes are now all the rage, but for me, this is nothing new. I […]

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Dark Chocolate Torte with Raspberries

Dark Chocolate Torte with Raspberries

Serves 8 to 12 Ingredients 1 cup sugar ½ cup cocoa powder, sifted ½ cup boiling water 3 oz. bittersweet chocolate, chopped 2 Tb. Brandy, rum or cognac 1/4 tsp. almond extract 2 large egg yolks 3 Tb. flour ¼ cup blanched almonds, ground 4 large egg whites ¼ tsp. cream of tartar ¼ cup […]

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Burmese Chicken and Sweet Potato Soup with Turmeric

Burmese Chicken and Sweet Potato Soup with Turmeric

This is one of my favorite winter soups that I discovered  on Food 52. I added a little more sweet potato as I like it so much especially when its chilly. You can use white potato or even butternut squash instead, or try both. I love the warm, coziness of this recipe as it’s almost a stew and with the […]

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Roasted Cauliflower with Olives, Capers and Parsley

Roasted Cauliflower with Olives, Capers and Parsley

The vegetable of the year is cauliflower and I love it best roasted. The flavor of the vegetable changes completely with the natural sweetness emerging and the texture becoming crispy around the edges and tender inside. This dish can be served as part of a vegetarian meal or a side and is easily mutable with […]

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