Going Green

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Today we are going green with a cool and tangy kiwi-lime tart.

Pie in the Sky

Thanks, indeed for a beautiful, crisp and clear fall day for the first Thanksgiving at Kate’s first home. This year’s gathering of international and food-obsessed guests was reflected in the menu that blended traditional elements with the tastes of Mexico and the British Isles. Here’s the menu:   Squash on Toast.  Amelia took this a step…

A Taste of Things to Come

Thanksgiving preparations are well under way. The scent of Mocha-Pecan Pies and Cointreau-Apple Tart fill the kitchen. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Key Lime Pie, Anyone?

In appreciation of Nora Ephron, who, well before she became known for writing and directing quintessential chick flicks like When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle, was one of the first authors to weave recipes into a novel. Her semi-autobiographical Heartburn uses recipes to reflect the thoughts of her main character, a food writer, who at one…

Gang Activity

Easter was a group effort this year in DC, with friends gathering at the communal table and sharing their best celebratory dishes to serve with a cognac-marinated leg of lamb. We were too hungry to get a lot of photos… but can absolutely testify to the tastiness of everything. The menu: Slow-Roasted Leg of Lamb. Marinated…

Beyond Pumpkin Pie

This year’s Thanksgiving feast chez Kate focused on new combinations of  traditional ingredients. Case in point: to liven up the pumpkin portion of the meal, Kate served up fresh-baked Slow-Rising Pumpkin-Thyme Dinner Rolls. Warm from the oven, they were a lovely way to start the dinner, spread with some Cheddar-Cava Spread and a glass of…

My Thai Pie

The end result: a butter-enriched coconut chess pie infused with lime, ginger and jalapeño.

Almond Joy

Frangipane is a luscious foil for the last, best gasp of the summer harvest, quick enough for a steamy August day and decadent (and impressive) enough to transition through the bittersweet (at least for me) season of fall.

Starting with the Gourmet recipe for an apricot fangipa

Riding the Storm Out

A weekend in D.C. for my birthday was in the plans; a hurricane was not. With event after event cancelled, including Kate’s planned entry in the D.C. State Fair pie contest, and threatened by the potential wrath of Irene, there were only two things to do: put the gumbo pot on and mix up the…

Three Cubed: Move Over, Cream Puff

Indianers definitely fall into the “little balls of happiness” category of food (like Julia Child’s wine-braised pearl onions or, in general, gougères).


There’s nothing like the end of the world to get your hunger juices going.