October 15, 2015
At Home with Friends


Individual Onion Pies with Blue Cheese & Walnuts

These are terrific one-bite wonders that pack a big flavor. They are intense, rich and delectable. The size is just perfect as part of an all appetizer party or by themselves with a glass of wine for an intimate dinner. Once again, this recipe makes great use of store bought refrigerated pie crust. I was […]

July 25, 2014
At Home with Friends


Roasted Baby Vegetables

My friend Dano, who volunteers to play bartender, is now a vegetarian. Over the years, during his pre-vegetarian days, we shared many meals. Dano and I worked our way through racks of lamb, short ribs and homemade tequila-cured gravlax. He hated vegetables and little by little I snuck a few on his plate. Surprise! He liked […]

June 25, 2014
At Home with Friends

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Mexican Baked Rice & Black Beans

This rice tastes exactly like the rice I rolled up in buttered corn tortillas on Olvera Street, when I was a child. It’s a fairly starchy, moist rice. I used extra long grain enriched rice which is readily available at supermarkets. In other rice recipes, I use basmati or arborio rice but not here. This […]