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One of My Favorites: Greek-Style Rice Salad

My dear friend Amy Hoopes, president of Wente Vineyard, texted to say "I was on your blog and got inspired. We added cukes to your Greek rice salad and then paired it with Roasted Shrimp and a nice glass of Murrietas Well The Whip. Delish! ” The recipe she texted about is my Greek Rice Salad from  “Rice,” my first cookbook with Joanne Lamb Hayes. That recipe is posted here and on It’s one of my favorite warm-weather salads. Try it as a delicious accompaniment to grilled meats, or as a light spring or summer meal, especially when tomatoes are ripe. Serve along with some crusty bread. Here's a [...]

Braised Cabbage and Rice Soup

Since we're sheltering, we all have time for braising the cabbage for 1 1/2 hours as in this recipe, inspired by one of Italian cookbook author Marcella Hazan's recipes for this dense soup. Instead of soup, you could just enjoy the cabbage just braised. If you do so, add a generous grinding of Parmigiano Reggiano to each serving. Braised Cabbage Soup 4 servings 1 small onion, chopped (about 1/2 cup) 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 2 cloves garlic, chopped (about 1 tablespoon) 1 pound shredded cabbage (about 6 cups) Salt Black pepper, freshly ground 1 tablespoon wine vinegar (I used apple blossom) 2 cups broth (homemade or purchased) 1/2 [...]

By |2020-04-15T09:56:49-04:00April 18th, 2020|Breads, Sides & Salads, Recipes, Starters|0 Comments

Irresistible Chocolate Chip Banana Bread or Muffins

Eric and Cole (my grandson) made the banana bread for me so that I could have some photos to share. They opted for muffins. While sheltering, I'm trying not to bake and am asking others to prepare my goodies and photograph them for me. When made with overripe bananas (black), the flavor of this cake is irresistible. Be sure to have your ingredients at room temperature before beginning. Although I use a food processor to prepare the batter, you can use a wooden spoon and bowl. Chocolate Chip Banana Bread or Muffins Makes one 9 x 5-inch loaf or 12 muffins Prep Time: 7 minutes Cook Time: 45 to 50 [...]

By |2020-04-12T18:50:05-04:00April 15th, 2020|Breads, Sides & Salads, Recipes|0 Comments

Crispy Smashed Fingerling Potatoes

Here's a simple recipe for those who love crispy potatoes.  Use any small potatoes; I tested it with fingerlings. Crispy Smashed Fingerling Potatoes Makes 4 to 6 servings 1 1/2 pounds fingerling potatoes Kosher salt 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 teaspoons smoked or regular paprika Kosher salt Place the potatoes into a large pot, cover them with water and add a large pinch of salt. Bring to a boil over high heat and cook just until the potatoes start to soften but are not cooked through, about 10 minutes. Drain the potatoes. Place back into the hot pot to dry a bit or pat dry with a clean kitchen towel.  [...]

By |2020-04-13T14:06:18-04:00April 6th, 2020|Breads, Sides & Salads, Recipes|0 Comments

Holiday Gift for a Bread Baker: Living Bread by Daniel Leader

Bread Alone's Daniel Leader is at it again. His latest book, Living Bread ($40) is out now in time for holiday giving for the serious bread baker on your list. His other books — Bread Alone and Local Breads: Sourdough and Whole-Grain Recipes from Europe's Best Artisan Bakers — are award-winning ones. This latest tome pays tribute to traditional ways, offering a comprehensive picture of bread baking for the home baker. It also provides a look into the way break baking has evolved and continues to change. I was able to get the  Baguette de Richard Ruan from the publisher to share with you.   Baguette de Richard Ruan Ingredients [...]

By |2019-12-04T16:37:34-05:00December 17th, 2019|Breads, Sides & Salads, Recipes|0 Comments