By Riki Shore Just as I did for Rob’s birthday, I let Stella pick her birthday dessert this month. Since she knows she has to stay gluten-free – and she doesn’t really prefer a gluten-free cake – it’s not surprising that she chose ice cream. This year she chose not just one flavor, but two. I thought, why not? You only turn 7 once. We perused David Lebovitz‘s The Perfect Scoop and after only a few minutes, she pronounced, “Ginger and Orange Creamsicle”. And that was that. The only change I made to these recipes was to reduce the sugar […]
By Riki Shore This time of year is packed with celebrations: birthdays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s and, of course, Hanukkah. Growing up, Hanukkah meant we didn’t celebrate Christmas. We didn’t eat cookies, or candy canes, or chocolates, or even little oranges. We didn’t get an enormous tree and decorate it with sparkling lights and delicate ornaments. We didn’t get extravagant gifts like new cars, jewelry or bikes. We didn’t even get a present each night for eight nights. We got dreidels and, sometimes, Hanukkah gelt. We got a practical present on the first night, and most of the time a […]
By Riki Shore Today I’m giving thanks for so many things: for sleeping late, waking to a sunny day, watching football on TV, drinking a hot cup of coffee, and so much more. I hope your day is filled with great clothes… a hidden treasure… and laughter…. Oh, and a little turkey dinner, too. Happy Thanksgiving, and thanks for reading and sharing!
By Riki Shore As I mentioned last week, we celebrated a milestone birthday recently. One of the benefits of having a wife with a culinary degree is that Rob can dream up whatever dessert strikes his fancy and I’ll make it for him. After a lot of discussion and perusing of cookbooks, he decided on chocolate-star anise pots de creme. Now, where in world did he come up with that? Did I have a recipe for it and just didn’t realize it? Actually, he was inspired by a recipe for star anise pots de creme in a Jean-Georges Vongerichten cookboook and […]
By Riki Shore Someone around here turned 40 last week (not me – that already happened!) and it was an occasion for special foods. I came up with a menu that was doable and delicious – perfect for a birthday, but also a great holiday meal. Braised Asian short ribs, inspired by a recipe in Simple to Spectacular by Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Mark Bittman, were the centerpiece of the meal. Although the short ribs cook for 3 hours, it’s largely unattended time in the oven, which means you can be setting the table, wrapping presents, or prepping an appetizer. We ate […]
By Riki Shore I didn’t love chocolate bars or hard candy when I was a kid, but every Halloween I loved eating these. I kind of still do. These were first made in the 1880s, by hand, using a cornstarch mold. They used to come around only at Halloween, but now there are specially colored versions for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine’s and , yes, even Easter. Apparently, the powers that be want us to eat these all year round. But mineral oil and carnauba wax? Why would I want to eat those? And check out the list of artificial colors. Eight altogether! […]
By Riki Shore This recipe comes from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall‘s tremendous book The River Cottage Meat Book. This tome is tremendous in both quality and quantity. We’ve had it for several years and I’m still working my way through the recipes. This is one I’ve wanted to try for a while. The original recipe calls for fruity mincemeat and chestnuts, but I used some pickled figs mixed with brandy and walnuts to the same effect. I tried Bratwurst for the sausage and found the flavors weren’t spicy enough; I’d go with Spicy Italian sausages unless you really don’t like spice, in which case, I’d […]