Apricot Ginger Pistachio Bars
Sweets + Desserts

Ginger Apricot Pistachio Bars

These bars are part of my January 2023 TU story, and go along with Cowboy Caviar, Only Better and Roasted Broccoli Soup with Turmeric and Coconut Milk. The standards for fun around here reached an all-time low when I began looking at baking as a legitimate event, something that not […]

Cowboy Caviar, Caroline Barrett
Appetizers + Snacks

Cowboy Caviar, Only Better

This recipe is part of my TU January 2023 story. It goes along with Roasted Broccoli Soup with Turmeric and Coconut Milk and Ginger Apricot Pistachio Bars. Cowboy Caviar is good – it’s a dish that is good for cozy, lazy football dinners, and also great for potlucks and dinner […]

Appetizers + Snacks

How to Build A Better Cheese Tray

Cheese: choose at least three. Think about a variety of milks, from goat, sheep and cow, but also flavor and texture: creamy, crumbly, sharp and stinky.  Crunchy things: nuts are a must. Choose salted, flavored nuts. Cocoa dusted almonds are a nice addition, as are macadamias, pistachios or marcona almonds. […]

Appetizers + Snacks

Pineapple-Cranberry Infused Vodka

Serves 8-10 1 ripe pineapple 1 liter vodka (we like Tito’s) 3 cups cranberries Remove the outer layer of the pineapple and trim the top and bottom. Cut the fruit into wedges (you don’t have to remove the core – it’s all good.) Place the pineapple into one large glass […]

Entrees + Mains

Carbonara with Smoked Salmon 

Serves 4 8 ounces pappardelle  3 tablespoons olive oil 8 sage leaves 4 large eggs ½ cup grated Pecorino Romano Pasta cooking water 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper 6 ounces hot smoked salmon, broken apart For serving: grated Pecorino Romano, black pepper Bring a large pot of water to boil […]


Looking back on 2022

This story is my Times Union column from December 2022. It goes along with How to Build a Better Cheese Tray, Pineapple Cranberry Vodka, and Smoked Salmon Carbonara. You can also see it on the TU website here. One of the really nice things about the end of the year […]

Sweets + Desserts

Pumpkin Cake with Spiced Cranberry Swirl

Makes one 9-inch cake For the topping: 1 ½ cups fresh cranberries, chopped 1 cup granulated sugar Pinch salt Peeled zest from ½ orange (about 6 strips) 2 tablespoons dark rum ⅛ teaspoon cloves For the cake:  ½ cup olive oil 2 eggs ½ cup applesauce 1 cup granulated sugar, […]