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January 11, 2017

A friend recently became a first-time grandmother, and when we went out to lunch she was exhausted. She had been cooking meals for the new parents and collapsed into her chair saying she hadn't finished making a moussaka before she had to leave.

"You," she said, "could do the world a big service by…


Leek, sausage and split-pea soup always hits the spot

January 04, 2017

This makes a ton of soup, and you can freeze it at will. It's the kind of soup that sells itself, hits the spot, and has so much flavor and such a high level of comfort-foodness that you instantly feel better about life while eating it.

If that's overstating it, I'm sorry, but my family never can…


Fresh linguine with shrimp and peas takes the show

December 14, 2016

This is a dazzler of a pasta dish. When you combine fresh pasta with big shrimp you are quickly telling your guests that they are in for a treat.

But it's not just the guests who will be happy. The whole dish comes together in about 20 minutes. Really! Truly!

Adding some of the pasta's cooking…


Brisket grows tender with a little loving care

December 07, 2016

Whether or not you celebrate the Jewish holidays, a good brisket recipe is a nice thing to have in your winter repertoire. Brisket is a tough and fairly inexpensive cut of meat that gets amazingly tender after some quality time in the oven, and it requires little attention or care while it cooks.…