Haddock en Papillotte – Dinner from a Vermont Kitchen

October 12th, 2012 / Comments 0

Is it just me, or has planning the menu for a dinner party become more complicated than coordinating colors and patterns for a crazy quilt?

quilt c egbert Haddock en Papillotte   Dinner from a Vermont Kitchen

In the 20th century, creating the menu for a dinner part was as simple as choosing a main dish, usually meat or chicken; a vegetable, anything green; something to pour sauce or gravy on, either potatoes, rice or noodles; and, something sweet to finish – a pie, a cake or something chocolate. Alas, those days are gone. … read more

Macaroons – Cookie Memory Part 1

January 20th, 2010 / comments 9

Cookies spark memories for me. After a harrowing journey from Delhi to Kashmir, Charles and I looked out at the lotus blossoms on Dal Lake from the small deck of a houseboat.
Indian Motif 01 c egbert  Macaroons   Cookie Memory Part 1

We were grateful to have arrived safely and couldn’t imagine anything that would make the moment more perfect. And then the boatman arrived with a tray of tea and almond macaroons. It was beyond perfection.  At breakfast the next morning, I asked the boatman, who was also the cookie baker, how he made the macaroons and he invited me into his tiny kitchen. Here’s how we made them. … read more

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