Birds’ Nests

Looking for an impressive breakfast for unexpected guests and don’t have sufficient luxury ingredients? Don’t sweat it, because here’s all you need: one egg. Yep, one egg. Fluffy whipped egg whites form a pillowy nest around a golden yolk. Reconstructed and baked like a tiny work of art, these individual servings simply call out to…

Grilled Lamb Satay with Herb Dipping Sauce

Tender spring lamb is cut into bite-sized pieces, marinated, skewered, and gently grilled. Served with a dipping sauce made from a medley of fresh, green herbs, this makes a simple and appealing appetizer worthy of the season. Or, if you prefer, serve with some rice and a garden salad for a light and easy meal….

Guinness-Glazed Ham with Braised Cabbage

Traditional Irish holiday meat of choice? Pork. It wasn’t until the 1800’s that Irish-American immigrants latched on to corned beef as a less expensive alternative when they arrived in this country.  Mix Guinness with some sugar and spicy mustard for a dark, sweet-savory sauce that complements the ham’s smoky flavor. The recipe calls for only a…

Becca’s Scrambled Eggs with Fresh Tomato Salsa

My niece Becca uses no onions or garlic in her salsa. She keeps it simple and pure, all seasonings added to showcase the summery flavor of ripe, juicy tomatoes. Delicious on blue corn chips on a sultry July evening. Also surprisingly right atop some quick scrambled eggs with a little sour cream to balance the…

Banana Bread

Very ripe bananas have a deep, fragrant aroma, and the perfect texture for firm, moist bread. I like to use whole wheat flour for added depth. You can bake this bread in a pan and slice, or spoon the batter into a tin for individual muffins. Ingredients 4 tablespoons butter ¾ cup sugar ¾ cup…

Chipotle-Peach Salmon

Chipotles, or smoked jalapeño chile peppers, add a mild but spicy smokiness to Mexican traditional dishes. In recent years, they’ve found their way across the border and have become more common in local groceries (check the Mexican food or specialty spice section). Mix the smoky chipotle with sweet, sultry peach, then bake the salmon in a…

Breadcrumbs Fines Herbes

A jar of homemade breadcrumbs makes a homey, old-fashioned gift. Put a tag on it, and send it along with a favorite recipe. If you’re lucky, the recipient may invite you to dinner.   Basic Breadcrumbs Ingredients 1 loaf Italian or French bread (day old bread works well)   Preparation Preheat oven to 250°. Slice…

Blueberry Crumble

Similar to pie without a crust, a crumble is easy to whip up, and offers a delicious homemade pie-like taste without the fuss of rolling out dough. I like to keep the crumble on the tart side, so the natural zing of the blueberries comes through, then sweeten it up by serving with fresh whipped cream…

Banana Rum Custard

This rich custard offers a nod to the famous New Orleans dessert, Bananas Foster. Sliced bananas are baked with the eggs and milk, then the whole dish is sweetened with a rum sauce and whipped topping. Enjoy the custard hot from the oven, or chill it overnight and serve it  cold. Flame the sauce as…

Baked Sole with Buttery Crabmeat-Parsley Stuffing

An elegant-looking dish that’s simple to prepare. Tender sole, filled with seasoned crabmeat, will make anyone a seafood lover. Garnish with fresh lemon and a sprig of parsley, then serve with a garden salad and crisp, white wine.   Ingredients Cooking spray 4 tablespoons butter 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 cup seasoned breadcrumbs 4 sole…