Barbie Cake

The Barbie Cake is a sugary creation of epic proportion.  My daughter has been a Barbie fan for years.  And so for years at her request I’ve made her a Barbie cake for her birthday.   She just turned 17 and requested a Barbie cake.  She usually had a particular actual Barbie she wanted in the…

What is it? Kale.

Kale is a food whose time has come.  This ancient cabbage relative has been a food staple for centuries throughout Europe, Asia and Africa.   One of the most nutritionally dense foods in existence, kale (Brassica oleracea) has been the health food poster child for years here in America.  But I want you to get to…

Chocolate Cake

This is perhaps my favorite all time baking recipe.   I was in search of the perfect, simple, fool-proof chocolate cake.  For two years I tried multiple chocolate cake recipes, tweaking this and that.  After much experimentation, this is the one.  It’s fast to make and tastes just like a good chocolate layer cake should. Makes…

What is it? Parsley.

This green, green herb has a long and important culinary history.  Often relegated to the role of garnish, parsley deserves some attention as a culinary mainstay.  It’s fresh, nutritious, and mildly savory.  Parsley (petroselinum hortense) is the best known member of its botanical family — the parsley family.  Other parsley family herbs include cilantro, caraway, carrot,…

Asparagus Orzo Salad

Here’s a quick and tasty pasta salad that highlights fresh asparagus.  Lemony and fresh, it’s great for lunch, and keeps for several days in the fridge.  I grow several herbs in my garden including the fresh oregano I use in this salad. 1 cup dry orzo 1 bunch fresh asparagus, cut into 1 inch chunks…

Salt-preserved citrus

I have a beautiful Persian lime tree in my back yard, and a good friend has a super productive Meyer lemon.  Two months ago my lime tree was covered with fruit, and my friend brought over a grocery bag filled with lemons.  So, instead of lemonade, I made salt-preserved lemons and limes.  This is an…