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Author: Monte Mathews

Lemon Lemon Loaf, a Lemon Pound Cake, and a reminiscence about Sara Lee.

Lemon Lemon Loaf, a Lemon Pound Cake, and a reminiscence about Sara Lee.

There’s something amazingly satisfying about a simple pound cake.  Especially when it’s perfectly made, as were these by Andrew.  The ‘crumb’ of the cake gives it a richness and depth of flavor that’s unlike any other cake.  Infused with lemon flavor and enriched with sour…

Rustic Shrimp Toasts

Rustic Shrimp Toasts

According to Christian David Reynoso, his version of Shrimp Toast started life as a Staff snack at Zuni Café in San Francisco. This great appetizer can also serve as a main dish which is how we served it. A lemony, garlic-y aioli is loaded with…

Lacquered Duck Breasts with a Vegetable Mikado from L’Atelier des Chefs Cooking School

Lacquered Duck Breasts with a Vegetable Mikado from L’Atelier des Chefs Cooking School

The richness of a perfectly cooked duck breast paired with a medley of vegetables brings the joy of French cooking to your table in no time. As an alumnus of “L’Atelier des Chefs” Cooking School in Paris, I am sent recipes once a week. I…

Italian Plum and Almond Cake

Italian Plum and Almond Cake

This cake is such a winner, our reader Pam made it twice last week! Pam first commented: “So good! And really easy to make. I love that it’s not super sweet.” Then she was back saying: “So good I’m making another today. Yes, So good.” …

Viking’s “Welcome Back” to Europe’s Most Fabled Rivers Starts Now!

Viking’s “Welcome Back” to Europe’s Most Fabled Rivers Starts Now!

After “a Long, Long Norwegian Winter” Viking River is doing what it does best… And I wrote all about it for a wonderful publication, Avid Cruiser, whose RiverCruiseAdvisor is must-reading for all aficionados of River Cruising the world over.  I’ve written extensively about River Cruises…

Ratatouille with Fairy Tale Eggplant

Ratatouille with Fairy Tale Eggplant

Now is the time to hit the Farmer’s Market and make this wonderful dish. This recipe is a riff on Tyler Florence’s Ultimate Ratatouille that dates all the way back to his 2006 “Tyler’s Ultimate” (Clarkson Potter). It is still one of my recipe bibles.…

“This Chocolate Chip Cookie Ruins Every Other Cookie Recipe”– “Sugarman” Martinez in Bon Appetit Magazine: Brown Butter and Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies

“This Chocolate Chip Cookie Ruins Every Other Cookie Recipe”– “Sugarman” Martinez in Bon Appetit Magazine: Brown Butter and Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies

I confess to being a pushover when someone suggests that a recipe ‘beats all others’.  This may all be laid at the feet of Tyler Florence, whose 2006 “Tyler’s Ultimate” (Clarkson Potter) really did contain a phenomenal number of recipes that I go back to…