Creamy Sweet potato soup with its skin, plus shallots

For nearly 50 years, I never cooked sweet potato soup or even heard of a recipe for it.  But I ate the soup a few weeks ago at a restaurant; and  decided to prepare it at home, since I loved its creamy texture with hints of tang and sweetness.  The taste of sweet potatoes  registers…

Glazed Lemon Pound Cake – a sweet dessert with pucker power

At  the beginning of my fora into cooking and baking, which started  fifty years ago, I never thought of using real lemons. Unknowingly I bought those  plastic bright-yellow lemon containers. Naturally there was lemon juice in them, but who knows what else? It took me many years to discover fresh lemons, and their many benefits…

American Goulash: My Version of a Hamburger Classic

I’m a fan of ground beef.  I like it simply prepared as a hamburger, or added in stir fries, mixed in casseroles, and added to  so many main dishes. Hamburger meat often comes to the table with assorted ingredients  like tomatoes, onion, celery, beans, cheese, plus many vegetable choices. Sauces too are a popular ingredient…

Double chocolate brownie–honey sweetened

Since childhood, I’ve loved chocolate, nearly every form, from Hershey’s milk chocolate bars,(with or without nuts) to thickly iced cupcakes, to brownies and layer cakes. The brownies I first encountered happened when I visited my father,Irving, a baker, at one of his six bakeries in Newark, New Jersey. Baking was his business for several decades…

Drying Herbs in the Microwave

Here are some tips I share in Nourished: A Memoir of Cooking and the Arts 1. For the microwave approach, lay out several sheets of paper towels. You can use two layers to make it easier to transport, or use a dinner plate. Separate the leaves from any woody stems. (Save the stems and bundle…