Haikus for a Grande Finale

French Friday’s with Dorie When we started with French Fridays with Dorie nearly 5 years ago, it didn’t take very long for me to realize there would be assignments which would not do much to inspire my writing. I would dutifully cook the dish as required. Then I would do my best to take a […]

Pork Roast with Mangoes and Leeches

French Fridays with Dorie When I told my husband Thursday morning what was on the menu for dinner that night he received it with very little enthusiasm: “Really? Is that what Dorie eats? Do you have to?” I didn’t quite understand his disinclination, but I too wasn’t very keen to make Dorie Greenspan’s Pork Roast […]

Spring Veal Stew – the green kind.

French Fridays with Dorie I’m not much for those “impromptu dinner party” things. Well, at least not when they suddenly appear at my house and around my dining room table. I believe the best impromptu dinners are planned way in advance.  These hastily thrown together gatherings have guests showing up on a moment’s notice where […]

Boeuf à la Ficelle (Beef on a String)

French Friday’s with Dorie My favorite ingredient for this French Friday’s with Dorie Boeuf à la Ficelle (Beef on a String) dish was not the delicious and tender grass-fed specimen of filet mignon I paid a small fortune for. Nor was it the organically grown rainbow carrots with their timely anti-Russian homophobia political messaging that purchased at a local farmer’s market. […]

Veal Chops with Rosemary Butter

 French Fridays with Dorie Delicious meals such as this one featuring Veal Chops with Rosemary Butter always remind me that it was just this type of preparation which first lead me to my place in the kitchen. To my way of thinking there is simply no better meal type one can cook for ones self […]

Pork Meatballs with Saffron Sauce

  Lets face it, appearances do matter. You could make these Pork Meatballs with Saffron Sauce like any other meatball dish and roll the meat into perfect spheres but after seeing these why on Earth would you want to? Once your dinner guest set eyes on these golden pear-shaped meatballs they will have forgotten everything […]

Fresh Orange Pork Tenderloin

French Friday’s with Dorie – Haiku Post: Recipe Edition! Pork cooked with citrus Chopped onion and cardamom This is French cooking? Cutting tenderloin seems like something of a crime when you could roast it. But I cut the ‘loin (and added some blood orange) cooking time cut too The resulting dish Nice enough for our […]

Roasted Cider Sage Pork Chops

Won’t you consider the pork chop? Actually, I suspect that most of you who read this blog probably give the pork chop ample consideration. Its just me.  I don’t.  So I guess I’m really just talking to myself here.   Up until now I have failed to show much consideration for this particular cut of […]

Meatballs: Vintage Style

“Hey buddy, these fancy meatballs are great! Thanks!” “No problem. It was the least that I could do.” And I meant it. It really was the least that I could do.  * * * My grandmother used to say “be friendly with the neighbors but don’t be friends”.   That pearl of wisdom  sums up […]

Moroccan Lamb Meatballs with Spicy Tomato Chutney on Matafan

French Fridays with Dorie I ‘m  late the the French Friday with Dorie Matafan party but hopefully there will still be some room for me at the table because these Moroccan Lamb Meatballs with Spicy Tomato Chutney certainly deserve to attend.  Please don’t penalize them due to my tardiness.   They aren’t to blame.  Could […]

Lamb Tagine with Chickpeas and Apricots

Today is Wednesday, and with this  post,  I am beginning to see the value of food blogging memes such as “Wordless Wednesday“, “Photos Only Fridays“ and my favorite:  “Only Recipes on Every Other Month’s Second Thursday“.    I would normally eschew all things  “wordless”  as wordlessness is not a value I would normally cleave to.  Please don’t act […]

Café Salle Pleyel Hamburger

French Fridays with Dorie “It has the taste of forbidden, the illicit – the subversive, even.” That was Hélène Samuel, Dories Greenspan’s friend, and no, she was not describing Sis. Boom. Blog! — although I wish she was. She wasn’t even talking about the latest Paris nightclub, Lagerfeld’s latest season, or some fancy, overly-light or […]

Bison Burger with Slow Roasted Tomatoes

They say “the only way to get a good burger is to make your burger at home.” I’m sure this is not meant to be a universal truth – everyone knows that some people manage to make quite horrible burgers at home. To make a bad burger at home I think is really something of […]

Thai Pork Lettuce Wraps

Today I am craving ‘normal’. I am half way around the world enjoying a glass of wine in a lovely street cafe and yet I am craving homemade food and all that is normal about it. Too much travel this last month has left more eager than usual to return home and embrace everything ‘normal’ […]

Cola and Jam Spare Ribs

I’m sorry but I have to “phone this one in” this week. Its not just because spare ribs are nearly impossible to pho tograph…but that is certainly part of it. (I really can’t wait to see how the rest of the Doristas did photographing this one! ) I wasn’t even going to make these this […]