Di's coconut cupcakes

In recent years, the cupcake made a huge comeback with Magnolia and the Barefoot Contessa on the east coast, and Joan’s on Third and Sprinkle’s in Los Angeles where I live. Our friends … [more]

Sweet cinnamon butter toast

I can still remember as a child waking up to the aroma of toast fried to a crisp in butter. A generous sprinkle of sugar and a good dusting of cinnamon completed it. Sweet and crunchy, my siblings … [more]

Mindy's banana bread

What do you do with those last two over ripe bananas? Throw them away? Not anymore. With this recipe, that my friend Mindy gave me, I make yummy banana bread that we eat for breakfast or dessert or … [more]

Shirley Temple

I know I shouldn’t, but sometimes I can’t resist spoiling my children with this fancy cocktail. Yes it’s all sugar but once in a while won’t hurt. Their first experience of a … [more]

Chicken cutlets

The first time my eldest daughter wrote her name, it was with her finger in my breadcrumbs - or so she claimed. Besides impromptu spelling lessons, my kids love to help prepare this dish. They get to … [more]

Rack of lamb with port

Were you to ask my children to describe their favourite dinner, it would be rack of lamb with roast potatoes . Despite its cost (and it is expensive), their mother and I make sure they have it on a … [more]

Easy peasy pasta sauce

My wife made up this sauce for the kids which is pretty cool as she is usually a recipe by numbers kinda gal. They didn’t like any of the tomato sauces we purchased or any that I made — … [more]

Sparkling lemonade recipe

Some like it bubbly, some like it not. By making a simple syrup with the lemon rind you are guaranteed to capture an intense lemon flavor that will take the edge of a hot summer afternoon. [more]

Pigs in a blanket

The eighties weren’t kind to comfort food. I don’t know exactly when it happened, but about the same time as when I started dating girls pigs in a blanket went out of style. Maybe it was the … [more]

Peter's burgers

I don’t really remember where the idea for this recipe came from. I was doing a barbecue one day (in the UK a barbecue is a bit of an event as we don’t get to do them that often) and … [more]

Peanut butter and jelly

Peanut butter was first introduced in 1904 at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, although it had been sold as a medical nutritional supplement in St. Louis, Missouri for about 15 years. The modern, … [more]

Radicchio pancetta pizza

This recipe is best done with children. Its tastes incredible without them but it won’t be half as much fun. Granted it will take twice a long to generate twice the mess, but trust me it’s worth … [more]

Summer heirloom tomato pizza

In our household pizza making used to be solely a wintertime operation. The high heat from the oven made the kitchen too hot to bother on days we would rather be outside sucking down watermelon and … [more]

Pizza dough

When I first started making pizza I would go down to my local pizza joint and ask to buy some dough. Inevitably I would get some confused looks from the teenage clerk and they’d charge me a few … [more]

Rotisserie lamb pops

I get why the Greek gods were so easily appeased by the slaughtering of a lamb: they love a good meal as much as the next deity. The flavor of the meat is delicate bordering on the divine. My … [more]

Ice cream the easy way

The experienced ice cream connoisseur may prefer to make his or her custard-style concoction according to exacting specifications rigorously enforced by the zealous ice cream intelligentsia. I, on … [more]

Potato latkes

I figured out how to make this holiday treat via trial and error and honestly even the errors were delicious. Better yet when you use the deep-fryer they absorb a fraction of the oil compared to pan … [more]

Buttermilk honey fried chicken

I had a choice. It was my wife’s birthday and she made it clear. I could buy her some expensive baubles or I could buy her a deep fryer. She knows me well. I may be stubborn, but I am cheaper than … [more]

Pan-fried fish

Apparently fish is good for you – that is if it doesn’t kill you first. The good news is the oil in fish not only makes you live longer, but it also makes your offspring smarter. No kidding, … [more]

Making Cake on The Floor

A few years ago when my two boys were small, I think they were like 2 and 4 I was baking a cake in the kitchen. They were “helping.” About halfway into the recipe (one bowl Chocolate cake … [more]

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