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Cauliflower Puree with Browned Bits

Cauliflower, you are having your moment. Recipes call out from blogs, newspapers, restaurant menus and TV. While this was not one of my favorite veggies until recently, this keeper was one of the first repeat recipes I taught and remains as popular today as it was when first debuted nine years ago. Long time Essen… [ more ]

Filed in: Vegetables

Chocolate Toffee Cracker Bark

Last night at a bar I overheard a woman informing her friends that as of yesterday, at least 30% of all Americans had not yet bought even one Christmas gift.  We’re about to take care of that and make you the gift giving hero.  No one will need to know you invested about one hour.… [ more ]

Filed in: Candy, Sweets

Braised Lentils

Hi.  It’s me.  Welcome to my annual attempt to remind you that December is the most important month of the year to feed yourself well.  Not abundance “well.”  I’m talking home cooked food “well,” veggies, fruit and grains “well.”  Before you assign this post to the read in January, new year, new you in-box, hear… [ more ]

Filed in: Entrees, Grains and Legumes, Vegetables, Vegetarian Entrees

Apple Squash Crisp

I developed this recipe a few years ago for a “Two Hours to the Thanksgiving Table” workshop.  In the back of mind I pictured myself with my friends, fresh out of college and living the life in San Francisco, at our time share in Tahoe coming together after a full day of outdoor activities and… [ more ]

Filed in: Fruit, Pies and Tarts, Sweets

Hasselback Potato Gratin

I love this potato dish.  Let me count the ways.  Delicious.  People pleaser.  The LBD of the side dish world – it dresses up everything in its midst with little to no extra effort or adornment.  “Make ahead” is its middle name.  You get the picture. The story:  Last weekend I did a “one night… [ more ]

Filed in: Entrees, Vegetables, Vegetarian Entrees