Nutella and Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwiches

If you’re a regular reader of food blogs then you’ve likely noticed that the whole world seems mad for Nutella™. For those of you who’ve been living in a cave or otherwise missed this trend, let me explain. Nutella™ is an alluring, proprietary spread that combines ground roasted hazelnuts, skim milk, and cocoa. Available almost everywhere, it has a comfort food appeal similar to that of peanut butter and is eaten in much the same way: on bread, in desserts of virtually every type, and (best of all for some) spooned directly from the jar into one’s mouth.

The weather is heating up where I live, and it occurred to me that Nutella™ would be a perfect flavor for ice cream sandwiches, one of my favorite childhood desserts. I’ve added both Nutella™ and extra chocolate to the shortbread layers in these sandwiches. [go to recipe...]

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Spicy Corn Fritters with Raita

Corn, or maize, is a traditional ingredient of comfort foods in my native American South. Although less complete nutritionally than several other grains, corn makes up for this with its versatility. Dried and milled, it’s used for our beloved cornbread, spoon bread, and hoecakes. Processed through the 3,000-year-old technique of nixtamalization, it gives us hominy and grits. In its fresh form, it finds its way into many of our favorite soups, main courses, side dishes, and salads. And, of course, what movie would be complete without popcorn?

Fresh corn is harvested nine months of the year where I live in Florida and is often on the menu at our house. Yesterday I had a serious yen for corn fritters and developed this spiced up, savory recipe for them with an Indian flavor twist. These fritters include fresh corn [go to recipe...]

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Roasted Pepper Pasta, Puttanesca Style

Sometimes the best laid dinner plans go awry. For example, how often have you arrived home late after a busy day to find a scenario similar to the following? Junior was hungry and made an afternoon snack of last night’s leftover meatloaf, which you intended to serve for dinner tonight. The chicken you could have sworn you took out to defrost this morning is still in the freezer. Or your partner was supposed to pick up the beef needed for tonight’s planned cottage pie, but…oops! Now what?

In order to deal with such eventualities, I like to collect, and think up, quickly prepared recipes based on staple ingredients that I always keep on hand in the pantry, fridge, or garden, as in the following recipe. This pasta dish was inspired by the bold flavors of classic [go to recipe...]

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Chocolate Chip Date Nut Cake

Chocolate Chip Date Nut Cake

This simple and old-fashioned cake, a slightly updated version of one my mother has been baking for decades, is my favorite cake, hands-down, no question about it. Several attributes make it a winner in my eyes: It doesn’t need frosting and to me tastes better without it. It’s very moist […]

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Succotash Chili with Coconut Milk

Succotash Chili with Coconut Milk

Winter is on its way out where I live in Florida, and I’m already regretting it. Before you question my sanity, let me clarify that winter here is typically a three-month cool break from the steamy conditions that prevail during the rest of the year. It’s the season when I […]

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A Cheese (Hold the Beef) Burger

A Cheese (Hold the Beef) Burger

If you’re a North American of a certain age, you’ll recall a mid-1980s series of commercials in which a popular fast foods chain disparaged the allegedly puny size of its competitors’ burgers by asking, “Where’s the beef?” You’d have good cause to ask in the case of this particular burger […]

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Strawberry Buckle Muffins

Strawberry Buckle Muffins

Occasionally, I take an online stroll through this blog to check on things, as I did yesterday. Aside from finding, and correcting, an embarrassing number of typographical errors that somehow slipped past me earlier (blush), I also asked myself: What’s missing here in terms of foods that readers and I […]

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Tangerine Cheesecake Ice Cream

Tangerine Cheesecake Ice Cream

When life gives me tangerines, as it does every year from December through February in my garden, I make … well, all sort of things. Juice, juice concentrate, smoothies, fruit salads, preserves, citrus flavored main courses, muffins, and the list just goes on and on. But this week, with my […]

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Ratatouille Bisque with Parmesan Croutons

Ratatouille Bisque with Parmesan Croutons

Developing new recipe ideas for this blog is a joy, but, as in other aspects of life, sometimes the creative juices just don’t want to flow. A bit of a nudge is needed. And so yesterday I took a stroll through my organic vegetable garden in search of inspiration. Although […]

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Mini Breakfast Stratas

Mini Breakfast Stratas

If I had to choose between lounging around in bed on a weekend morning or getting up early to make a hearty breakfast, it would be no contest. I’d pick the lazy option every time. But why choose when you can have both by spending ten minutes assembling a breakfast […]

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