Friday, April 20, 2012

Beet and Feta Salad


Beets are starting to grow on me.  I never used to be particularly fond of beets, but my husband enjoys them so I try to work them into our diet.  In the past I have thought that if they were easier to prepare, I would be inclined to serve them more often.  Now, some genius at Trader Joe's has realized what has been keeping beets out of our salads, and they sell packages of cooked, peeled beets that make this salad a snap.  Melissa's offers a similar product.  Check the produce aisle of your local grocery store.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

French Potato Salad

 

This delicious potato salad avoids the use of mayonnaise.  I have nothing against mayonnaise, but it is nice to have an alternative way to dress up your potato salad, don't you agree?  A great dish to serve with a lemony broiled fish and a green salad.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies


Is there a perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe?  I venture to say that there is.  I used to think it was the recipe on the back of the Tollhouse chip bag.  Then I thought it was the Neiman Marcus recipe that was being passed around on the web that someone at some time allegedly paid $200 for.  Then it was the slightly awkward "Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie" recipe I clipped from a newspaper.  And now, now it is this recipe from the geniuses at Cooks Illustrated, with slight modifications by moi.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Lemon Raspberry Cupcakes with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting


My six-year old wanted a "fresh lemon cake" for Valentine's Day.  I let him pick out a cake mix and then whipped these up while he was at school.  These cupcakes have raspberry centers and a divine lemon cream cheese frosting that's a snap to make.  If you want to go whole hog and make the cupcakes from scratch, go ahead.  But, I have to say, it's pretty hard to beat cake mixes these days!  (Just don't tell anyone they came from a box.)