Operation #Cronut

By now the entire food world has heard of and salivated over a Cronut.  It’s a doughnut made from croissant dough, says Chef Dominique Ansel, owner of Dominique Ansel Bakery in New York’s SoHo district.  Now Chef Ansel is no flash in the pan; for many years he was Daniel Boulud’s pastry chef and if […]

Flours for Amy

I love the aroma of butter and flour, eggs and sugar, gently mixed together then properly baked.  These four simple ingredients offer so much possibility, especially in the hands of my wife.  Breads and biscuits, cookies and cakes, scented with vanilla bean or cinnamon, orange or chocolate.  As a young culinary student she tempted me […]


For my beautiful wife of 25 years. For my two kids, even though they’re both presently teenagers and at times bear more resemblance to the Martian visitors in Mars Attacks!  Both of them have the ability to be kind, understanding, courteous and thankful–just not on the same day. For my extended family. For my many […]

Breakfast Anyone?

  Breakfast. I love cooking breakfast.  Muffins, pancakes, waffles with Vermont maple syrup, quiches, yogurt and fresh fruit parfaits, freshly squeezed orange and apple juice, fruit smoothies, bacon and eggs, buttermilk biscuits, scrambled eggs with cheese and herbs; I could keep going but I think you get the idea.  My kids used to happily sit […]

Summer Pizza with Handmade Mozzarella

A dear friend of ours recently paid us a visit, just long enough to share some wine and pizza.  Kelly loves good pizza but is careful about her diet so I made the pizza dough and made the mozzarella.  A few local tomatoes, some basil from our garden, a shave of Parmesan and a splash […]

Cinnamon Blueberry Sweet Rolls

I really love sweet rolls, buttery brioche dough filled with cinnamon, sugar and sometimes butter, rolled up and set atop a sweet glaze with nuts and or raisins.  An early morning cup of coffee with my lovely wife and a couple of handmade sweet rolls, life could not get any better.  This past weekend we had a guest […]

Pimento Cheese Yeast Rolls

Three or four times a week I make yeast rolls for the customers at Stella’s.  I usually look around for some sort of leftovers to throw into the rolls such as left over mashed potatoes, fresh herbs, tomato juice etc.  The other day we had two cups of chopped red peppers just sitting there calling […]