Autumn salad with squash, pomegranate, pumpkin seeds and pecans


This is the most beautiful salad I’ve ever made.  I made it for the first time today for brunch.

I don’t even want to say anything more about it.  I just want you to know how to make it.  Here’s some music to get you started…

♫ Suggested listening: Green Garden ♫

Click to listen: Laura Mvula – “Green Garden”

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Chocolate espresso cookies with pink salt


Salted sweet things — they are everywhere.  And with good reason: it’s delicious.

Why pink salt in particular?  It’s what I had around.  Sea salt will do nicely, too, of course.

I made these for my team at the office. You DEFINITELY want me as a coworker, in case you hadn’t heard.

Let’s get to it!

♫ Suggested listening: es-press yourself! ♫

Click to listen: Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band – “Express Yourself”

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Coconut flour sweet potato muffins

Sweet potato muffin

Alright, fine.  I will now concede that summer is over and it’s time to turn our attention to sweet potatoes and the pumpkin EVERYTHING that is taking over the universe.  Here are some sweet potato muffins.  Great for people who are doing some sort of wheat-free diet or are allergic to everything, like myself.

Sweet potato muffin bite

Here is one with a bite taken out of it.  By me.

Roasted sweet potato

These muffins are extremely easy to make.  I make them all the time.  If you can have butter, be careful, because if you put any butter on these after they come out of the oven, you will eat every single one of them.  Here’s how to make em.

♫ Suggested listening: something sweet. ♫ 

Click to listen: Van Morrison – “Sweet Thing”

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Blackberry and wild rice salad


This is part two of the July dinner party menu:

I guess I need to work on my plating/photography, but I think you get the idea.  This is a pretty salad, even if I am just taking photos with my iPhone.

♫ Suggested listening: something blackalicious. ♫

Click to listen: Blackalicious – “Make You Feel That Way”

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Capellini with scallops and arugula

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Look at that little guy.  Isn’t he handsome?


And colorful?  Pass the pasta, y’all.


This was the main course of a July menu for Caroline’s birthday:

 ♫ Suggested listening – something from the sea ♫

… and cake, because this is a birthday after all.

Click to listen: The Sea and Cake – “Afternoon Speaker”

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Zucchini goat cheese rolls with harissa and mint


Zucchini season continues.  And who doesn’t love goat cheese?

Tiny food is fun.  This is part of the birthday dinner I made for a superbad friend of mine.  The menu was:

As usual, the suggested listening is the first thing that sprang to mind.  And for that, I apologize…

♫ Suggested listening: Rollout ♫

Click to listen: Ludacris – “Rollout”  

What? I can’t be highbrow and tasteful ALL the time.

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Grilled zucchini ribbons with prosciutto and mint


It’s zucchini season, y’all.   I’ve made this a few times and I must say I heartily recommend that you try it.

It is rather labor-intensive, threading those zucchini ribbons and prosciutto slices onto a skewer…


… but it’s definitely worth it.

♫ Suggested listening: something with ribbons. ♫

Click to listen: Rodrigo Amarante – “The Ribbon”

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Blackberry, pecan and brie flatbread

Blackberry brie 1

It’s blackberry season.


I recently had a dinner party with something of a blackberry theme running through it (goat cheese was also recurring, as was arugula… OK there was more than one common thread).

On the menu that night:


Let’s get cooking.

♫ Suggested listening: something with honey. ♫

Click to listen: Mariah Carey – “Honey”  (Yes, I’m a 90’s kid!)

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Mushroom and fontina tart

photoThis mushroom fontina tart came to be because I when I bought puff pastry to make the spring pea and goat cheese tart, there were two puff pastry squares in the box.

This was part of my Mother’s Day brunch menu, along with:


It was a gooood afternoon.

This tart is deceptively easy to make.  Read on for details.

♫ Suggested listening: something easy. ♫

Click to listen: Con Funk Shun – “So Easy”

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Watermelon cucumber agua fresca


Dudes, it is HOT in the district.  Hottest place in the country this past week, apparently.

Time to cool out, for real.  In your heat-induced languor, this is still easy to put together.  Your taste buds will thank you.


♫ Suggested listening: algo que sabe a fruta fresca. ♫

Click to listen: Carlos Vives – “Fruta Fresca”

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