My Mother’s Classic New York Cheesecake


This was our family cheesecake growing up. My mother clipped the recipe out of the New York Times Sunday edition in the 1960s. It contains cottage cheese, which makes for a dense cake, New York Jewish deli style. She served…

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M’s Turkey Taco Salad

Taco salads are a variation on tostadas, but with the base tortilla shaped into a bowl, and began to sprout on Mexican restaurant menus in the 1960s. Its all the ingredients you would eat in a hand held taco, but with lots more lettuce on a plate, so dieters like the taco salad. Taco salads are so everyday, but with fresh ground turkey meat and all delicious add ons, it is a fantastic all-weather meal.

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The Culinary Traveler: Pão de Queijo – Brazilian Cheese Bread

I have no idea how I luckily fell upon this recipe roaming on the internet. Most recipes are written as variations of each other, so there is not too much unique material, but every so often something new pops up. This recipe, although it uses a familiar technique like making a popover or crepe batter, is a new one for me. Unless you are born in Brazil, you probably have not heard of it. This is Pão de Queijo, or Brazilian cheese bread, sort of like a chewy cheese puff made with non-glutinous tapioca flour.

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The Best Popovers



This is the recipe I got from my mother and it originally came from a wonderful cookbook written by the late actor, artist, and home chef, Vincent Price.  I often use different types of flour, add herbs, or grated cheese,…

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A Quartet of Savory Holiday Side Dishes

While turkey, stuffing, and pies are easy for most holiday cooks, the one portion of the meal that can really be challenging year after year is the side dishes. Certainly everyone has perennial family favorites, the ones made over and over. But sometimes you want to try something new…

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Vampire Dessert Buffet-Recipes and How To

photograph by Philip Burne-Jones Bt. (1861-1926)

Buffet Preparation, Storage,and Service Timeline

  • Prepare two chocolate tortes, the chocolate sauce, the crêpes, almonds, biscotti, chocolate chip cookie dough, and double batch of compote 2 to 3 days ahead.
    Miss Grace Jones/horror comedy/1991/look for…

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The Legend, The Lore, and How to Make the Ultimate Buckwheat Crêpe

Ti Couz (“the old house” in Gaelic) is a popular San Francisco crêperie bretonne conceived, owned, and run by my friend Sylvie Le Mer, who was born and raised in Quimper in Lower Brittany, France. Once a staple in the diet of both the rich and the poor, savory buckwheat crêpes, known as krampouz, are traditional in this area of France.

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The Culinary Traveler: The Forgotten Cereal of the Ancients: Quinoa

Quinoa translates to “mother” in Quechua, one of the main languages of native Andean peoples and Incan descendants. It was a staple highland grain of equal importance as maize, and considered a premium food source of strength and endurance for working in the thin mountain air.

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Convenience Foods Make Weeknight Cooking a Snap

Poultry is the ultimate weeknight supper. But how to jazz up the old standbys and not add alot of time in the process? Enter the boneless chicken breast since the bone-in breasts and legs cook at drastically different times. They cook exceptionally fast and are extremely versatile.

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Frito Pie

Frito Pie, one of the great fun foods of the Southwest, consists of chile con carne (beef in red chile sauce) ladled over Fritos corn chips, and topped with shredded cheddar cheese and, if desired, raw onions and, if you’re feeling flush, pickled jalapenos and sour cream.

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