Blood Orange Mimosas

Treat Dad to brunch, and perk up your Father’s Day with these sparkling, exotic Blood Orange Mimosas.  Blood oranges, a variety of orange with crimson flesh and a distinct raspberry note, will add breathtaking color and citrusy delight to your drinks. Blood Orange Mimosas ¼ cup blood orange juice ¾ cup Champagne or proseco Pomegranate…

Eggs

Did you know that a chef’s hat is said to have one pleat for each of the many ways eggs can be cooked? The French already knew 685 different ways of preparing eggs at the time of the French Revolution. Well, here’s one more – it takes only 5 eggs to make this simple, custardy Puerto Rican-style…

Flan

Flan, a sweet crème caramel popular in Latin countries, makes a beautiful sugar-coated, fruit-topped presentation at the end of a meal. This recipe is an easy Puerto Rican-style custard with just the right number of eggs for a smooth, sturdy texture, and enough vanilla to add a rich, aromatic flavor. Feel free to fiddle around…

Personal Shakshouka

Interested in trying new breakfast dishes from around the world? Start with Israel’s shakshouka – eggs poached in spicy tomato sauce and served in your own little frying pan. Serving shakshouka in its own pan reminds me of a restaurant we used to frequent as kids. After a long bike ride on the boardwalk, Dad…

Sweet Corn

Did you know that there is one piece of silk for each kernel on every ear of sweet corn?  That’s quite a bit of silk, when you consider that the average ear of corn has 800 kernels.  Nevertheless, juicy, flavorful sweet corn is well worth the husking. Best when picked fresh, sweet corn loses a…

Lime-Cilantro Corn Bread with Honey Butter

Kick up your corn bread with some southwest flavorings and a hint of heat. This moist, citrusy version calls for fresh lime juice and zest. Aromatic cilantro infuses the batter and visually enlivens the bread. I like to add fresh corn kernels for texture and sweetness, white pepper and cayenne for spicy depth. Mini-corn molds…

Memorial Day Pancakes

Memorial Day began after the Civil War to commemorate fallen soldiers. These days, we think of it as a day to remember all veterans and loved ones, as well as the unofficial start of summer. Parades, barbecues, and long weekend trips are all on the agenda. My father served as a medic during the height…

Slow-Roasted Tomato Bruschetta

There’s something about summertime (or almost summertime) that makes me crave tomatoes. I remember as a kid, taking the first summer bite of a giant, red Jersey Beefsteak, so ripe the juice would drip down my hand as I bit in. With just a little salt, the sweet-spicy fruit could become an entire meal, and…

Johnny K’s Creamy Potato Leek Soup

Out in my garden recently, I was pleasantly surprised to find several chive plants thriving after a long, rough winter. This was shortly before my husband, Kevin, and I took a quick weekend trip to Toronto to visit our friends John and Karen. I made a mental note to cook up a batch of potato…

Persian Limes

Did you know that the Persian, or Tahitian, lime is the most commonly available in the U.S.? While the true origin is unknown, it’s thought to be a hybrid of the Mexican lime. It is believed to have been introduced to Europe from Persia. Then, taking a roundabout route to reach us, Portuguese traders brought…