A long time coming: meet my hens!

Having kept chickens for almost ten years, I’ve found that three or four hens is the right number for me for a number of reasons. From Spring to Fall, when egg-laying is at its peak, the ladies lay about three eggs a day. This is far too many for me alone, but a good number to be…

Biscuits on a whole new level

These biscuits are delicious as is, and they also freeze well and adapt to different additions of spices, herbs and cheeses. Morning or evening, these are gobbled up quickly, especially when seasoned with parmesan cheese and lots of black pepper and topped with gravy, or scented with lemon zest and served with whipped cream and fresh berries….

Golden milk tea: a feel-good, anti-inflammatory cure-all

This golden milk tea is near and dear to my heart. Several loved ones who have had injuries, winter chills, stomach bugs, cancer diagnoses, or simply wanted to cut back on drinking alcohol in the evening have begun enjoying the benefits of this comforting tea. The vibrant brew tastes like a fragrant, full-flavored chai without the black tea….

A fancy breakfast this cold December morning

After a busy week, one of my favorite ways to begin the weekend is to explore what’s new in the garden with a cup of coffee as I decide what to make for breakfast. Last week, I found that my celery and chard had gone to seed. And with the unseasonably wet and warm autumn, dozens…

Frozen cherries bring the taste of summer early with…clafoutis!

Clafoutis (pronounced “klah-foo-tee”) is a wonderful, comforting baked custard studded with cherries in the simple, rustic French tradition. Its magically crisp cake-like edges and smooth custard center are sprinkled with crunchy sugar just before serving.  This recipe is made both more affordable and possible year-round by using frozen cherries, although the traditional recipe uses unpitted cherries…

The chocolate almond torte to make you famous this winter

This traditional Italian torte is at once rich, light, fluffy and decadent. It is an impressive gluten free dessert to share and keeps well for a week or more at room temperature. A gâteau from Stephane Reynaud’s whimsical French cookbook Ripailles inspired my simple version below, which is always a hit. For the torte pictured, I…

Garnish with whipped chantilly cream

The trick to a true chantilly cream is the addition of table sugar at the very end. The result is a charming, delicate crunch of sugar throughout the light whipped cream, which is a real treat.

An easy dinner this week: Chicken Ossobucco

My friend Guy is somewhat obsessed with puns. He would be disappointed if I didn’t at least hint at the fact that this recipe, since it substitutes chicken legs for the traditional veal shanks, is more aptly a Fauxssobucco. This is one of those tried-and-true recipes that assimilates many flavors together gracefully into a hearty, rustic…

Våffeldagen: Swedish Waffles today

Although it is a sunny day in September, I’m having a våffeldagen here at home. National Waffle Day (Våffeldagen) is a Swedish tradition every March, with the word coming from Vårfrudagen, Our Lady’s Day of Ascension. This entirely non-religious holiday simply requires at least one meal consisting of lovely, fluffy Swedish waffles, usually with freshly…

A gravy to build your name on

This smooth, rich gravy gets flavor from browning the butter before adding garlic and herbs. My biscuits are the perfect base to this gravy. Add an egg, sautéed veggies or shredded roast chicken and you’ve got a meal! Thin the gravy as needed with a small amount of water, and serve hot.