Category Archives: Lovin’ from the Oven

Potatoes O’Brien

Potatoes O’Brien are potatoes, pan fried with red and green peppers, onion, and garlic. This dish is said to have been invented in the early 1900s, with a dispute that the recipe originated at Boston restaurant Jerome’s or possibly Jack’s in Manhattan. It is thought to be … Continue reading

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Rhubarb Syrup

I made a rhubarb pie, cut up enough to freeze for a future pie, and made syrup! I used one part syrup to five parts seltzer, although it would be good in lemonade or with champagne.  Recipe under the cut.

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Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

On Saturday morning, the vendors on 9th Street had 2 pound boxes of gorgeous strawberries for $1.50. Which made me peckish for strawberry rhubarb pie – problem was, no one had rhubarb. Then I got the bright idea of hitting up Anastasio’s … Continue reading

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Sautéed Dandelion Greens

The boy and I were on our usual Saturday jaunt on 9th Street to shop for dinner and pick up lunch at Lorenzo’s. We were on the lookout for asparagus, when we stopped at Pat and Larry’s stand. They had … Continue reading

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Cherry Tomato Tart

What I love about shopping on 9th Street is that you never know what you’re going to find on the stands – boxes of baby arugula, two red peppers for a dollar, or cauliflower in a hue that would make Prince … Continue reading

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French Strawberry Cake

9th Street had gorgeous boxes of strawberries on Saturday, I picked up two, one would be macerated for brunch, and the other for this cake. I’m a big fan of “one pan wonder” cakes – this one is light, custardy in the … Continue reading

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Potato Kugel

When I was mulling over side dishes to go with my Easter ham I spotted this recipe on Smitten Kitchen for potato kugel. Shredded potatoes tossed with onions, flour, and eggs – baked in a well oiled cast iron pan – … Continue reading

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Chocolate Chip Rice Krispies Cookies

I stumbled across the recipe for these cookies searching for something else. I haven’t made them in years, so I thought I’d give it a whirl yesterday afternoon. The addition of the Rice Krispies make these cookies crispy-crunchy and adds a certain … Continue reading

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Gnocchi with Mushrooms and Arugula Pesto

My boy never met a chicken he didn’t like – or a pot roast or pork chop. Every now and then, I switch it up and make a meal that’s tasty enough so he doesn’t miss his beloved meat – gnocchi with … Continue reading

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A French Girl Makes Manicotti

A week before Christmas, our neighbor Arlene gifts us with these magnificent oblong pillows stuffed with cheese, and individually rolled up in wax paper. They’re stored in the freezer, along with a loaf of Sarcone’s bread – awaiting a night … Continue reading

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Carrot Raisin Bread

I adore this bread – it’s sweet, but not too sweet. Perfect with coffee in the morning, flecked with shredded carrots and dotted with raisins. It makes getting out of bed on these last cold days of winter bearable!

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It’s Pi Day!

It’s National Pi Day, and to celebrate – I made French apple hand pies! For those who are unfamiliar, French apple pie is a combination of apples and raisins, with a glaze on top. These tiny pies can be eaten … Continue reading

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Italian Pear Cake

We were spoiled by spring-like days of temperatures in the mid-sixties, until the thermometer dropped thirty degrees. I took that as a sign to turn on the oven and bake something! I had a couple of stray pears in the … Continue reading

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Orange Dreamsicle Cake

My boy is a year older, and a shoe size bigger – and that calls for a special cake! Orange cake with an orange cream filling, and topped with a cream cheese frosting. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream, because it’s … Continue reading

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