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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 »

Say ‘yes’ to Chocolate


There are some things in life that just shouldn’t be messed with and brownies are one of them. But I decided to mess with them anyway. Double Chocolate Brownies with Crushed Almond & Espresso. I made this bold decision because I saw that my colleague Kathy presented a vegan version of this classic this week more »