Baby Wants a Cookie

  Celebrating the arrival of a new member to the Three Points family orbit (Welcome, Hudson Reese Regalado!) we offer this lovely recipe for delicate little Baby Button Cookies. Give them a try for whatever occasion you’re celebrating this weekend.

October Babies

One last hurrah for all the friends, family, friends-of-family and friends-who-are-family who have October birthdays and, being mostly social-butterfly Libras, are adept at keeping the celebration going an entire month. Wrapped it up with a carrot cake for one of the above who was celebrating a big-number birthday this year.  Tried a new recipe that was…

Fried Doughnuts Are Totally Good For You (Psychologically Speaking)

Rebecca risked a frying injury to once again make us the kind of home-made treats you almost forget can be made at home. We stayed out of the line of oil and kept our attention on the melting chocolate. Rebecca adds: These were too good to not try again, with chocolate. Also presented an opportunity for…

Bon Appetit!

The new Le Creuset has been officially christened in what seemed the most appropriate manner possible–with a batch of Julia Child’s Boeuf Bourguignon. (Extra points for authenticity by using my autographed copy of From Julia’s Kitchen). Oh dear, Julia, all those years you spent testing recipes continue to pay off decades later. They always work perfectly. Probably…

Cake Man Competes

  Very happy to see the pastry chef from my favorite local dessert shop, Baked, as one of the competitors on the new Top Chef Just Desserts. Friends have gotten tired of me bragging on this little bakery in Red Hook, Brooklyn ever since they opened a few years ago. Until, that is, they taste of one…

Magic Elixir

A good bit of my knowledge of world cuisine has been gained vicariously, through Kate’s globe-trotting, Auntie Mame adventures from Myanmar to Islamabad. In years past, work took her regularly to South America, which introduced us the beauty of Peruvian cuisine (reminds me, that fabulous spicy Peruvian chicken stew, aji de gallina, would be great for…

There Will Be Braising. . . and Music

Had some inkling what the birthday package Kate sent might be when I saw the size and weight of the box. Shades of cassoulet! I’ve been salivating over one of these babies for awhile. Thinking of breaking it in with a late summer favorite, Eggplant and Lentil Stew with Pomegranate Molasses. This Turkish recipe calls for what seems like…

Let Us Eat Cake

We raised a glass and feted Rebecca, the birthday girl, here in Charm City this past weekend. I am slightly ashamed to say that the birthday girl basically baked her own celebratory cake, but after a quick comparison of culinary track records and  kitchen disasters of recent memory, it was pretty obvious that the only…

Time to Make the Doughnuts

Inspired by the snow-white powdered sugar donuts on the cover of the current Better Homes & Gardens magazine, honorary Three Points cook Amy suggests whipping up a batch. So we decamp to her kitchen on the New Jersey side to try it out. Two takeaways here: 1. Going old-school for recipes from tried-and-true sources like…