Tag: Food Writing

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Beet and Raspberry Salad with Pecans and Maple Vinaigrette

Serves 6 8 medium-sized golden beets  4 ounces mixed salad greens 6 ounces raspberries 1 cup whole toasted pecans ½ cup grated Romano cheese Fresh thyme leaves For the vinaigrette:  ½ cup extra virgin olive oil  ⅓ cup white balsamic vinegar 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 2 tablespoons maple syrup ½ […]

Paul’s Pot Roast with Carrots and Herb Gravy

Serves 4 Kosher salt 3 ½ pound chuck roast Olive oil 1 yellow onion, peeled and chopped 2 garlic cloves, chopped 4 cups beef broth (unsalted, if store-bought) 1 cup red wine 2 tablespoons tomato paste 1 bay leaf 1 sprig fresh rosemary 3 sprigs fresh thyme 1 teaspoon kosher […]

Thanksgiving sans turkey

It was kind of a disaster, our Thanksgiving two years ago, but really, who didn’t have a disastrous holiday in 2020? We planned for an intimate affair, just the five of us and one boyfriend, but then Zoe and that boyfriend were exposed to COVID and so instead of coming […]

A mother-in-law remembered, through za’atar

There’s a jar in my kitchen, a small Mason jar filled with a Middle Eastern spice mixture called za’atar. There’s a story behind that jar, and I cherish its contents.  It was a gift from my mother-in-law, brought home from a trip to Israel. Joan was many things, among them […]

Za’atar

Makes ½ cup ¼ cup toasted sesame seeds 2 tablespoons dried sumac (see note) 1 tablespoon dried thyme 1 teaspoon each marjoram and oregano Stir together the ingredients and keep tightly closed in a glass jar. Keeps for 3 months.  Note: Sumac is a dried ground berry with a tart […]