Rice fritters are a popular Brazilian street food. They are crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. They also taste great, are easy to prepare, and can be served with just about anything.
These Brazilian inspired empanadas are made with my favorite pastry dough and are filled with a special ingredient, hearts of palm.
A friend shared this recipe for canned jalapenos some years ago. She loved sweet pickled jalapenos but needed to avoid the sugar because of her diabetes. She came up with this cold-packed recipe using Necta Sweet saccharine and it has become my family’s favorite canned jalapeno recipe. These peppers are not overly sweet tasting and stay exceptionally crunchy. My husband occasionally adds sliced onions and garlic for some extra zest.
A boereg (boreg) is an Armenian filled pastry made with thin flaky phyllo dough. This boereg recipe is made with a delicious spinach and cheese filling and rolled into triangles for a delicious anytime appetizer.
These tiny toast wedges are easy to make and are delicious to use as a dipper, a salad topper or to just pop in your mouth and enjoy.
Angel Food Cake done right is quite a treat and also easy on the waistline. It can be a tricky cake to master but if you adhere to a few tips, you’ll find success every time.
This gingerbread is rich, spicy and aromatic. It’s delicious topped with whipped vanilla cinnamon honey butter. Bake it in a 8″ square pan, 9″ loaf pan or in mini muffin cups.
This traditional English tea cake is very much like the more familiar English muffin, however, the crumpet is softer and porous – the perfect treat to hold all the rich butter, jam or clotted cream you will want to spread on top. This recipe for crumpets is delicious and it’s become a family favorite.
In The Magicians, Eliot was preparing an Amatriciana sauce and pasta when Quentin and Alice finally broke into the physcial kids’ bungalow. He added to the sauce some of the red wine he was drinking and some cream. Eliot said “I think if I weren’t a magician, I’d be a chef. It’s just such a relief after all that invisible, intangible b…s…, don’t you think?”
Amatriciana sauce is an Italian tomato sauce made with pancetta and a red pepper kick. It is typically served over bucatini, a hollow spaghetti-type pasta, but fettuccine works as well.
Magic Cookie Bars are a childhood favorite of mine. I remember the introduction of my mom’s recipe said this treat is called Magic Cookie Bars because they vanish as soon as you set them out! And they do magically disappear! In my version, I cut back a bit on the coconut and nuts and add butterscotch chips.
These scrumptious savory rabbits are a hit at any get together. They are as cute as they are delicious. Serve them in a top hat at your next magic party!
This is a fabulous recipe for milk punch. I thought it would have the consistency of eggnog but was pleasantly surprised at the smoothness and lightness of this body warming drink.
This easy pie recipe is adapted from a blackberry pie recipe I found on AllRecipes.com. I added mixed berries. Fresh or frozen berries can be used.
This is the best beef stew I have ever tasted. Serve this dish with buttered egg noodles and sour dough bread to sop up all that wonderful gravy.
These spicy chocolate cookies are delicious and can be rolled into balls, baked and topped with a candy kiss or rolled out for cutout cookies.
Shrimp and Grits Cakes is a traditional and popular southern Low Country dish. This delicious shrimp and grits cakes is great as a party appetizer or finger food.
These cheese puffs are light and airy. The dough can be made a day ahead. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.
This delicious pie can be made with your favorite choice of berries or cherries. Don’t be afraid to experiment or try different spices.
Nothing says fall to me like butternut squash soup. This recipe is adapted from Williams-Sonoma Soups and Stews. The addition of the Granny Smith apple adds just a touch of tartness.
The addition of sour cream makes this pound cake extra moist and rich.
Glögg is a Scandinavian mulled wine. The main ingredients are red wine, sugar, spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, ginger and bitter orange. Some have stronger spirits such as vodka, akvavit or brandy. Glögg is generally served with raisins, blanched almonds and ginger biscuits or snaps.