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Spring Pea Soup


What springs to mind this time of year? Why peas of course! As soon as I hear that distinct boing from a spring that has fully sprung. I make this soup, Spring Pea Soup with Mint and Sour Cream. Because peas and mint are a traditional springtime duo. Here they are brought together in a more »

Chocolate (and Peanut Butter) Cake


When I heard that The Back Burner was to be discussing peanut butter this week the phrase “let them eat cake” immediately popped in my head. I have this  cookbook from Elinor Klivens that features a chocolate and peanut butter cake that I have been dying to try. I know. I know. Chocolate. Perhaps the more »

Tid Bits & Noshy Things


These Asparagus Sticks qualify as a category of food I call tidbits and noshy things. Which basically means party food. Everyone should have a few basic recipes that will make a cocktail party feel posh. Sesame Pancetta Asparagus Sticks have the panache to make any party feel posh. Because if you’re having a few friends more »

Cool Cocktails are Hot!


Would you rather be too hot or too cold? Don’t sweat it. Spicy Cocktails are both hot and cold. As illogical as it sounds, piquant spices can help cool you down. The cuisines of Thailand and Mexico illustrate this theory– and I say it works with drinks too. Whether they’re made fiery with jalapeños and more »