November 12, 1986 |
There is always a package of filo dough in my freezer. It refreezes well, and all kinds of dishes may be constructed out of it. I haul it out for an individual Greek spinach pie when the desire hits or a bunch of hors d'oeuvres when unexpected guests arrive. When I have some leftover chicken or turkey I often make this simple chicken puff. The nice thing about it is you eat one and freeze one for later use. One puff is ample - and rich - for one serving. Recommended freezing time should not exceed two months, but they're so good you'll probably want it the next night.
December 24, 1989 |
The thought of a souffle doesn't exactly conjure up the image of quick and easy cooking. That's too bad. It could. Even if you believe that the high-rise dessert is exactly what your holiday guests would like, you'll probably decide that you're just too busy to make one at this time of year. That's too bad, too. You could do it - even with trees to trim, gifts to wrap, children to talk to, cookies to bake, Champagne to buy, New Year's parties to plan and company coming. The dessert is Chocolate-Espresso Souffle, made in individual servings.
March 18, 1990 |
Most of us look at food as sustenance, but Devon author William Weaver sees food and its evolution as a force in history. "When Chester County farmers, and for that matter Southeastern Pennsylvania, in the 18th century shifted their farms from wheat to dairy or rye production, it changed the way their families and people around here ate," he said. "With rye production, many whiskey distilleries sprang up, and protecting this liquor production and prices had a part in the Whiskey Rebellion," he said.
February 22, 2013 |
Canapes may sound stuffy, but they actually are on the easy end of the party-food scale. And this year, for your Oscar viewing party, you've got a great reason to try making the old-school Philly canape made famous in Silver Linings Playbook : Crabby snacks. Crabby snacks are, to quote the Matthew Quick novel on which the multiply nominated movie was adapted, "buttered crabmeat and orange cheese on English muffins. " Crabby snacks sometimes go by other names, like "crab bites," "crabby bites," "crabbies" or "crab canapes.
April 2, 1995 |
Cheesecake is one of my family's favorite desserts. We like many kinds of cheesecakes, from dense New York-style cheesecake rich in cream cheese to light meringue-topped cheesecakes to no-bake cheesecakes. The cheesecake I love best and make most often happens to be easy to prepare. This three-layered cake is creamy-textured but not heavy. The crust is the quickest, easiest type, made of graham crackers ground in the food processor and mixed with sugar and melted butter. Sometimes I embellish it with nuts.
January 24, 1996 |
Ann Hodgman has a lot of nerve, which served her well as a food columnist for Spy magazine and continues to serve her well as a cookbook author. She is not your traditional cookbook author: Named Seventeen magazine's Teen Gourmet of the Year at the tender age of 14, she went on to author 40 books for children, several humor books for adults, and two cookbooks - "Beat This!" and "Beat That!" that purport to contain "the very, very best recipe" for the dishes dearest to your heart: among them, potato salad, egg salad, beef stew, apple crisp and lasagna.
September 18, 2003 |
Fall table grapes are abundant in local stores now, and it's hard to resist buying a bunch. These days, any flame-colored grapes that make it past afternoon snack time at my house go into a dessert that's cool to look at and cooling to eat: a tangy ice or a grape tart. A long-ago issue of Sunset magazine inspired my idea for a lightened grape tart. A cook had mounded the crimson-hued grapes in a golden tart shell, topping them with a layer of creamy filling, then glazing with homemade port wine jelly.
December 12, 1999 |
Rich and creamy puddings provide the busy cook with quick and easy make-ahead desserts. Unfortunately, milk, cream and eggs are the traditional ingredients, and the source of the excessive fat, calories, and cholesterol found in this seemingly modest treat. There also are people who are unable to digest lactose, making it necessary to avoid desserts with milk. Natural alternative ingredients do a wonderful job of reducing and eliminating problematic components. My puddings rarely exceed 1 gram of fat and contain no cholesterol, yet still offer the richness, texture, and mouthfeel associated with creamy puddings and pie fillings.
August 30, 2012 |
I love cheesecake in any form, but this year I am most in love with a cheesecake with a surprise: Nectarine and Black Pepper Cheesecake. Ricotta brings a lightness that is unmatched to the classic New York cheesecake. I add mascarpone and American cream cheese to help balance the ricotta and achieve an ideal creamy texture. Near Modena, in Emilia-Romagna, nectarines are often served with black pepper and balsamic vinegar, a combination so deceptively perfect and balanced that it seemed a logical step to mix that combination with delicious ricotta and cream cheese.
December 4, 2008 |
With the world economy in turmoil, holidays and chill winds upon us, and no invitations to holiday soirees in the mailbox, I ask myself: What would Ma and Pa and their daughters, Laura, Mary, Carrie and Grace - you know, the intrepid Ingalls family of the Little House books and television series - do to cheer everyone up? They would host a party, serving only sweet potatoes from their Midwestern prairie root cellar if that was all they had. The Ingallses come to mind this holiday season because, as a child, I marveled at how they met hard times with resignation and resourcefulness.