Smashed or Mashed: Two Easy Ways to Make Potatoes More Interesting

Listening to Raghavan Iyer talk recently about his new book covering all things potatoes (Smashed, Mashed, Boiled, and Baked – And Fried Too! Workman Publishing, New York, 2016) got me thinking about that humble tuber. In our rural home when I was a youngster, we didn’t know much about fancy grains, unique pasta shapes and other carbohydrates to use for side dishes. In our house, every day was potato day. Every. Day. Continue reading

Caulifredo: A Cheater’s Guide to Almost Alfredo and Pesto

Like a lot of other people over the past few months, I’ve chosen to rely on a delivery service for my shopping. Normally, I love to go to the grocery store. I love the colors of the produce, the new products I discover on the shelf and the ideas that inspire me as I walk the aisles.

But do I love the surprises that come in my door when the shopper makes decisions that I, if I were there, would not? Not so much. Continue reading

Ali’s Famous Coffee Cake is a Friend Maker

Long ago, I had just moved to a far-away town where I knew almost no one. Once the unpacking was nearly finished, I sat for a minute in the front window and wondered how and when I might make new friends.

Just then, my doorbell rang and there, with a wide welcoming smile was the friend I’d been wishing for. In her hand was a warm-from-the-oven coffee cake. While we shared slices with cups of coffee, we bonded, turning that impromptu visit into a friendship I treasure to this day. Continue reading