Artichoke Mashed Potatoes for Easter Dinner

Whether you do ham or lamb for Easter dinner, mashed potatoes make a terrific accompaniment. Actually, mashed potatoes are good almost any time, so maybe you’d rather have scalloped potatoes for Easter and save this artichoke-enhanced version of mashed for another time. Of course, plain old butter, milk, salt and pepper mashed potatoes are wonderful […]

Better-for-You Nut and Fruit Bars

One young mom I know with three wiggly, energetic, and always-hungry kids aged six and under, never sets out in the family car without packing snacks. Sometimes a couple apples cored and cut up, some almonds, cheesy little crackers, plain popcorn—usually some sort of low-fat, low-salt, short on sugar and as relatively wholesome as she […]

A Semi-Authentic Cassoulet

If a dish tastes great, who quibbles over authenticity? France’s famous bean stew rich with duck, pork, and sausage with generous lashings of duck fat, and onion, herbs, and a crust of browned crumbs on top probably has as many variations on its home turf as cooks who make it. So the version that follows […]

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies for Your Sweeties

Valentine’s Day ought to be subtitled, “Annual Let’s Eat Chocolate Day.” Boxes of bon bons, truffles, heart shaped cakes, chocolate cupcakes with pink icing and heart-shaped sprinkles in red, you know–the whole nine chocolate yards, with a few roses and diamonds stuck in for luck. Sweets for our sweeties. So add these chocolate chocolate-chip cookies […]

Something Green in Your Artichoke Dip

Spinach and artichoke dip is a classic appetizer-time offering; you can even acquire it ready-made. It’s an appealing alternative to beany, cheesy, burger-filled, scoop-worthy goo found on the Big Game Day snack table. Not, mind you, that this dip with its hearty portions of cream, cheddar cheese, and sour cream will qualify as a serving […]