Fruity Cobb Salad with Ina’s Orange Vinaigrette

During a recent Sunday brunch hosting, I opted to commandeer the orangy vinaigrette of Ina’s Orange & Roquefort Salad, but made it a bit my own. It was fruity and springy and my guests loved the vinaigrette. Shall we call her a “fruity cobb?” I don’t think she’ll mind. That’s the salad, not Ina. Fruity…

Ina’s Crispy Mustard Chicken

This recipe has been on my “to-make” list for far too long. As soon as a I made it, I realized why! It’s so simple, yet so delicious. Don’t tell my mum, but it’s sort of a better, grown-up version of the dijon chicken that she made for us often as kiddos. While I made…

Thanksgiving Salad- An Ina Specialty

Recipe from Ina’s “Cooking for Jeffrey,” a favorite cookbook. Ina claims this may be her favorite salad ever. While, I won’t disagree, it’s a bit different than the standard salad and was a nice change, something about it just screamed “Flag this for Thanksgiving!” so let’s go ahead and do just that. Ina’s Maple-Roasted Carrot…

Ina’s Whipped Feta Bruschetta

Leave it to Ina to have to best bruschetta recipe. The lightly whipped cheese, which serves as a brilliant glue so that the tri-color tomatoes don’t go rolling around your cream-colored rug makes the snack as pretty as it is delicious. Ina’s Bruschetta 6 oz. feta 2 oz. cream cheese (or nature cheese in Switzerland)…

Arugula, with Pecorino, Pinenuts, and Pears

For a recent Italian brunch I hosted, I opted for a different salad and very glad I did as it was quite delicious. The recipe from Saveur is conveniently the name of this dish. A new go-to for certain that also looks nice spread across a platter rather than mixed in a bowl Arugula with…

Lola Coats Europe in Her Chocolate Buttercream

Chocolate buttercream in Europe? Yes, dreams do exist… or at least this was my takeaway from my friends who were fighting over the most frosting-filled slices of cake. One in particular told me that he consumed four pieces of cake in twelve hours. This was after he asked if there was any extra frosting. (There…

Baked Pasta with Leeks & Broccoli

Recently, I had my neighbor for dinner and wanted to make something that I could prepare in advance and provide some decent leftovers for my upcoming surgery recovery weekend. I ran across this recipe from Alison Roman in Bon Appetit. After reading the description that it was like a version of broccoli cheddar soup in…

Saltimbocca Alla Romana

Not much of a pork fan generally, the way I found myself with this recipe was really only because I thought I’d bought veal. So here we are with some thin pork cutlets and an appetite to try something new. Basically, a metaphor for life. I used Tyler Florence’s recipe as my muse and paired…

Prosciutto Pinwheels

My experiments with puff pastry entertaining continues… this week it’s a blend of ingredients that tastes like a tiny pizza pinwheel. This is certainly a simple one to spin into your regular apero rotation. Proscuitto Pinwheels 1 sheet of puff pastry 2 T. Dijon mustard 2 T. mayo 1 tsp. Italian herbs 4 pieces of…

Ina’s Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

Pancakes. Sweet stuff for brekky in general… not generally my jam, but occasionally, something is so special you must make an exception. I’ll do nearly anything for Ina. I will do actually anything for lemons and ricotta is always nice. So, one sleepy Saturday, this recipe found it’s way into my skillet, all thanks to…

Red Thai Curry

Something about these cozy, rainy days of January had me craving a warm, savory bowl of something exotic like this gorgeous Red Thai Curry. If Covid restrictions and heavy diagnoses have you traveling more by book than plane, this is just the recipe for you. The leftovers jazz up in flavor as they work their…

Tarte au Soleil

The cancer diagnosis is taking a probably much improved change to my diet. No more charcuterie (for now!) which is disappointing, though probably a healthy improvement, but most of all a huge snafu in entertaining in Europe where they live for cheese and the groceries pride themselves of shelf after shelf of ham! Apero hour…