Mom’s Fried Artichoke Hearts

Fried artichoke hearts are one of those dishes that I used to make only for special occasions. Why?  I’m not sure.  It’s simple enough to make, and I LOVE them!  Yet, I’d never think of making them on, let’s say, an average Tuesday night.  In my mind, they’re for dinner guests only or special occasions. Perhaps … Continue reading

Eggplant Stacks

I have stared at the description of “Eggplant Stacks” on the menu of our favorite Italian restaurant in the bucolic Catskill Mountains in Upstate New York for many years, but never ordered it.   Why not?  I love eggplant.  I love mozzarella.  And I LOVE tomatoes.   Yet, there’s something about the name…”Eggplant Stacks”….that is just so … Continue reading

Roasted Shiitake Mushrooms & Grapes

You already know about my addiction to shitake mushrooms, and how very good they are for you.   My brilliant nutritionist claims that eating shitakes throughout the flu season really boosts your immunity.   Hence, you will find shitakes cooking in my kitchen all year long, either sautéing, roasting or in soups and stews.  I add them … Continue reading

Ida’s Polenta

First of all, please excuse my recent absence. It’s been quite a long time since my last post. What I’ve learned during this time of reflection, is just how important our memories truly are to us. Without memories, we are left with very little. I have been blessed with many memories of family and friends, … Continue reading

Mashed Potato Pie

Mashed potatoes are just not my thing. We never had them in my home growing up. If my mom thought a dinner guest might enjoy mashed potatoes, out came the box of “Hungry Man instant mashed potatoes” and she whipped up an absolutely disgusting blob of “fake” mashed potatoes.   It was hard not to gag … Continue reading

Risotto with Dried Porcini Mushrooms

Several years back, I posted a recipe for “Farroto.” Where has the time gone?   Back in 2014, I was very smitten with the ancient grain of farro, and substituted it in rice dishes whenever I could. I loved the crunch of it and the nutty flavor. However, recently I’ve had the desire to return to … Continue reading

Asparagus with Our Favorite Vinaigrette

The Silver Palate Cookbook….oh how I loved this cookbook! It made me feel like a fancy cook. Jullee Rosso and Sheila Lukins were food gurus to this suburban housewife. They had one of the first gourmet food shops in New York City, and when their cookbook came out, I couldn’t stop cooking from it.   Just … Continue reading

Aunt Addie’s Rice Croquettes

  When I let “food nostalgia” get the better of me, I am usually transported back in time to a scene where someone dear to me, such as an aunt or grandmother or close family friend, is cooking a particular dish that is their specialty. I fondly remember the person, the taste and the smell … Continue reading

Roasted Peppers

When New Jersey was hit with a blizzard last weekend, I was faced with a food dilemma.   I needed to roast 18 peppers for a family birthday dinner.  The request had been made for Rigatoni with Roasted Pepper Sauce ( you can find this recipe in the archives under “pasta”) long before the blizzard prediction.   … Continue reading

Acorn Squash

Since Thanksgiving is tomorrow, I thought it only right that I share an “All American” recipe.   Acorn squash, baked in the oven with butter and brown sugar, would be a delightful side dish to a Thanksgiving dinner. It’s certainly easy enough, but the drawback is that it requires quite a bit of oven space, which … Continue reading