French-Canadian Crêpes

French-Canadian Crêpes

Crêpes are one of those wonderful foods, like pie, that can be made sweet or savory, and served for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. French-Canadian crêpes are in a way the quintessence of French-Canadian cuisine, rooted in French cooking, but heartier, better to sustain the people for tapping maple trees than for dancing at the…

Artichoke Dip

Artichoke Dip

Looking for something to elevate your at-home happy hours?  This creamy, classic dip is what a party for one or two should be–effortlessly indulgent.  It’s also warming and comforting.  It’s fabulous fresh out of the oven, but it reheats well too.  You can prepare it a day ahead if you like and refrigerate until time…

Low-Carb Brasato al Vino Rosso, Italian-Style Braised Beef

Low-Carb Brasato al Vino Rosso, Italian-Style Braised Beef

Brasato al Vino Rosso is northern Italy’s version of pot roast.  The descriptive phrase means braised in red wine, and the technique results in beef that’s elegantly flavored and pull-apart tender.  Barolo wine is traditional, but Chianti or any hearty dry Italian red will work. The dish is typically prepared with the “trinity” of onion,…

How to Make Low-Carb White Sauce

How to Make Low-Carb White Sauce

White sauce can be one of the most useful creations in a home cook’s repertoire.  A basic white sauce, typically béchamel, is an ingredient in many recipes.  It can elevate simple dishes of poultry, fish, vegetables, and eggs.  It can also be enhanced with flavors including white wine, Dijon mustard, curry, and herbs like tarragon….

How to Make a Hot Toddy

How to Make a Hot Toddy

One of the most positive things I’ve read lately is this article about someone who rode out a respiratory ailment with hot toddies. As with most things handed down through the centuries, there’s no agreement on where hot toddies originated.  Some say India; some say Scotland; some say Ireland.  They made their way to America,…

How to Salvage Cast Iron

How to Salvage Cast Iron

Ah, condo living!  Recently I was taking some items down the hall to the recycling room, and I spied two cast-iron skillets, in sizes I didn’t have, that someone had left behind.  Yay! This post contains affiliate links.  For more information, click here. But first, some serious cleaning was in order, as Frank Zappa’s Valley Girl…