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Creamy Artichoke Soup

Brittany is known for its artichokes, and they are in season here during all but the coldest and hottest times of year. When they aren’t, I turn to frozen artichoke bottoms ( [...]

2022-01-25T08:52:57-05:000 Comments

Fennel Tapenade

Take two favorite foods—braised fennel and olive tapenade—put them together, and what do you get? Total lusciousness in a cocktail spread. The braised fennel blends up creamy [...]

2021-08-06T13:05:44-04:000 Comments

Virginia Crab Dip

When I was 14/15, I spent Saturdays working at a seafood store in Richmond alongside my best friend (her parents owned the store). Making crab dip was one of my favorite task [...]

2021-06-15T11:19:06-04:000 Comments

Old-Fashioned Clam Dip

I made gallons of this during when I was a teenager and had a part-time job at a seafood store. It is as retro as it gets…and so very good! (I used to "clean" the bowl I used [...]

2021-04-30T03:55:35-04:000 Comments

Preserved Lemon Yogurt (or Labneh) Dip

When I made a big batch of preserved lemons last spring, I wondered how I’d ever use them all up. Now that I have discovered this preserved lemon labneh/yogurt dip, I worry I [...]

2021-04-19T13:56:07-04:003 Comments

Catalan Tomato Bread

Pan con tomate/pa amb tomaquet, literally bread with tomato, is a rustic tomato toast from Catalonia (in northern Spain...Barcelona is the capital) that popped up on my radar [...]

2021-04-20T10:02:32-04:000 Comments

“Gin Martini” Green Olive Tapenade

Southern France, meet the American South, or at least the South I know where summer evenings smell of heat, humidity, freshly-mown grass…and gin. When I was little, the gin s [...]

2021-04-19T01:11:29-04:000 Comments

Tempest Day Tomato Soup

1 Tbs. olive oil ½ cup diced onion 1 Tbs. tomato paste 2 tsp. red wine vinegar 1 15-oz. can crushed tomatoes 2 tsp. sugar 1 clove garlic, minced (1 tsp.) ½ tsp. Italian se [...]

2021-04-16T05:05:18-04:002 Comments

Artichoke Tapenade

1 13.75 oz. can artichoke bottoms or frozen artichoke bottoms prepared according to package directions 1 10-oz. jar artichoke hearts preserved in oil, drained, oil reserved 2 [...]

2021-04-19T01:06:14-04:000 Comments
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