Why Now is the Time for Herbs

Herbs in the Garden I love having fresh herbs for whatever I am cooking. My garden has a profusion of every variety. Three types of basil, English and lemon thyme, rosemary, parsley and lemongrass. I even have lavender for making syrup. Great Lakes Gardening Herbs are hearty plants. Given favorable conditions they thrive with little…

How This Easy Gazpacho Recipe Can Keep You Cool

Authentic Gazpacho I love gazpacho. Chopped vegetables in cold juice are so restorative on a hot day. Nevertheless, I knew my go to recipe was far from authentic. A variation on Ina Garten’sfrom The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook, it has chopped vegetables rather than pureed. Most Spanish recipes for gazpacho feature smooth soups, with chunky vegetables and…

How to Make the Best Chocolate Rugelah

  Holidays My family celebrated both Hanukkah and Christmas; boughs of pine, lights and a menorah decorated our living room. My mother loved bringing family and friends together for dinner and holidays. Many of the recipes I create and photograph are inspired by the food from her table. Chocolate I love dessert, particularly chocolate. My…

Time to Stock the Shelves

When the weather is bitter, I keep my shelves well stocked. Sometimes I just want to stay in with a book and a blanket. Variety I like to have a good selection of staples. I fill the freezer with chicken breasts, seafood, pork loin and flank steak; add some seeds and nuts to the frig…