Best Banana Bread

September 30, 2015 · 2 comments

Humble, homey banana bread doesn’t get a lot of foodie glory, but there’s nothing I’d rather have with my afternoon coffee.  In fact, it’s by far our family favorite sweet.  We’ve tried lots of recipes, but I keep returning to this one.  The bread –cake, really– is light and moist with the perfect salty-sweet balance, […]


Summer is drawing to a close (although I’d like to point out that it’s still summer until September 22nd), and that’s always a bit sad.  One consolation, though, is fig season.  The plump, tender figs in the markets at the end of summer help soften the blow and remind me of the pleasures of autumn. […]

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Chocolate Sundae Sauce

August 10, 2015 · 1 comment

Recipe I’d nearly forgotten how much I love a chocolate sundae. A few weeks ago, Julia had a school pal over for dinner and a sleep-over, and they requested chocolate  sundaes for dessert.  I didn’t have any chocolate sauce on hand, and the choices at the market were pretty uninspiring, so I decided to make […]

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It’s everywhere just now –piled high in the market, all over restaurant menus and, if you planted it in your vegetable garden, probably literally underfoot.  Yes, it’s the season for zucchini –that abundant summer vegetable that just might be too much of a good thing. Here’s my favorite zucchini recipe: not a sauté, salad or […]


City Picnic

July 13, 2015 · 2 comments

This post is sponsored by Noble Vines Wine. There are things I don’t like about picnics: insects, damp ground, heat, paper plates, and the need to pack up and lug all that food and wine to a remote location –where there probably will be many of the other things I don’t like about picnics. But […]


Potato salad is a picnic staple, and the classic American potato salad –with mayonnaise, egg, celery, pickles and such– is great anytime of the year.  In summer, though, I like to take advantage of the season’s fresh herbs and vegetables to make a lighter, fresher-tasting potato salad with pesto and green beans.  This pesto contains […]


Lobster rolls are a summer tradition on the Eastern Seaboard of the US.  Here’s my version of the classic, enlivened with the fresh flavors of jalapeño chile and lime, which I think complement the rich lobster meat beautifully.  If you can’t find lobster at a reasonable price, this dish is also great with crab or […]


We were in San Francisco last week, and for me, no trip to that city is complete without a visit to the Zuni Cafe.  On this visit I had an extraordinary pizza that was the inspiration for this one.  A rich cow’s milk cheese was topped with the freshest corn and finished with a sprinkling […]


Patatas Bravas

June 15, 2015 · 3 comments

David, Julia and I are regulars at Tia Pol and El Quinto Pino, our favorite tapas places in Chelsea, and David’s favorite dish is always patatas bravas, or fried potatoes dappled with a spicy chile sauce and allioli (the Catalan version of aioli or garlic mayonnaise).  (I usually get a second order so there are […]


Lavender Gelato

June 10, 2015 · 1 comment

This is one of my favorite things.  I’ll eat it any time of year, but the distinctive flavor of lavender flowers paired with this light gelato base makes a particularly refreshing treat on a warm summer day like today.  It’s great with summer fruit, but the flavor is good to savor on its own, which is […]

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