Archives for April 2007

Potato Chip Cookies

I know this recipe sounds like a double wammy, but I slimmed it down significantly – swapping out the butter for low-fat margarine and using low-fat potato chips. I love these sweet and salty treats!

Concord Grape Pie

This is one of the most unique family recipes I have. I’ve never seen or tasted it anywhere except for in my Granny’s kitchen. My granny had a small grape arbor, covered with concord grapes and fuzzy yellow bumble bees that were attracted to the honeyed scent. Every September she would pick the grapes to make jams, juice, and pies. When I serve it, people think it’s blueberry pie but are really surprised by the intoxicating grapey first bite!

Potato Leek Soup

In France, they call this soup Tout Fait or ‘Already Made’ because it cooks so quickly. To make the preparation even faster, chop and wash the leeks the night before and wrap in plastic wrap for a fast after work meal.

Spicy Braised Cabbage

This recipe was given to me by a chef working at a guesthouse in Punjab, India. I like to eat this dish when I need a break from rich, heavy foods.

Grapefruit Sorbet

Grapefruit is so refreshing in the summer and this is the perfect dessert! Citrus zest can guard against skin cancer so while you’re cooling yourself with this chilly treat you can also be protecting that gorgeous tanned skin! Great for summer parties, the sorbet can be prepared three days in advance.

Spiced Potato Cakes with Tomato Ginger Sauce

I picked up this recipe from my friend Vanessa Vashee while working in Switzerland. Ginger and tomato are a delectable combination, and this sauce is both light and versatile. For a low-carb treat, serve the sauce with steamed fresh veggies. If you choose to make the potato cakes, it’s a great way to use up leftover mashed potatoes.

Cranberry Orange Muffins

Sweet oranges and tart cranberries are a pretty pair! I always keep a bag of cranberries in my freezer year-round since they disappear from the produce isle after the winter holidays.

Sweet Potato Fries with Rosemary and Parmesan

Kids love fries! Sweet potatoes make a perfect food for kids since they are high in vitamin A and have a super-sweet taste.