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Chili Corn Hash hot off the grill
Grilled peppers and barbecued corn are two family favorites in our household. One day last week when my parents were in town, we had half the amount of each of these veggies we needed to serve as a side dish with tacos. In order to make our supply stretch for the ...By Susie Iventosch

Cilantro-based sauce a perfect pairing for seafood this spring
Mojo verde, literally meaning "green sauce" in Spanish, is a condiment that packs a punch from the first taste of cilantro and garlic to the tartness of lime juice and sherry vinegar. Originating in the Canary Islands, mojo verde is primarily used to accompany fish or ...

Say goodbye to winter with this white bean chicken chili
My mom has always been an amazing cook, and she instilled in me a love of cooking from a very early age. Even at 86 years old, she still loves cooking and stays very busy in the kitchen testing new recipes and altering old favorites to better suit today's healthy ...By Susie Iventosch

Turn plain rice to perfection: Dried Fruit and Nut Rice Pilaf
Multigrain rice medleys are really nice, if cooked well. The problem for me is that they often end up mushy, with some of the grains perfectly cooked, while others in the mixture are either over- or undercooked. This is why I choose basmati rice almost exclusively ...By Susie Iventosch

Duck confit
(Serves 4)
For duck:
4 Pekin or Long Island duck hindquarters (legs and thighs attached)
By Susie Iventosch

Duck confit with caramelized shallot sauce a superb winter dish
During college, I spent a summer session at the Sorbonne in Paris and fell in love with France, the French and especially French cuisine. On the rare occasion that my best friend and I could afford such a meal on our slender student budgets, (we normally grabbed a ...By Susie Iventosch

Sweet puffy, and pink melt-in-your-mouth Valentine's Day treats
When I was a young girl, I used to love to cook with my grandmother in her vintage '60s Orinda kitchen. One day when I was visiting her from my home state of Michigan, we made these amazing meringue cookies with mint chocolate chips. She called them "forgotten" ...By Susie Iventosch

Stuffed poblano peppers pack a flavorful punch
A few years ago, while I was conducting the arduous task of roasting and peeling poblano peppers to stuff and bake, I had an epiphany. Despite placing the roasted peppers in a paper bag to loosen the skins, it is always so difficult to remove all of the skin without ...By Susie Iventosch

Set the table with stuffed mushrooms as side dish or appetizer
Back in October when we featured the fig-shallot jam, I mentioned my son's stuffed mushrooms and now it's time to feature them! This recipe calls for a small quantity of a long list of items, because we are trying to replicate a random barbecue seasoning that he ...By Susie Iventosch

Homemade Hot Buttered Rums
(Makes approximate 6-8 small drinks)

By Susie Iventosch

Squash-Pumpkin Bread recipe redo
Sometimes there are mix-ups in communication and we had a few with this recipe in the last issue. If you thought it was a lot of pepitas and nutmeg for one loaf of bread, you were right! But, because this bread is so yummy, I wanted to run it again, but with the ...By Susie Iventosch

Pumpkin-Squash Breakfast Bread
(Makes one 9 x 6 loaf of bread)

By Susie Iventosch

A perfect pumpkin bread to serve holiday house guests
Recently, I made pumpkin bread using canned pumpkin, which turned out to be more like pumpkin cake (with caramel glaze) and realized that I wanted more substance to my bread. A quick online search produced the Macrina Bakery Squash Harvest Loaf recipe. Macrina supplies ...By Susie Iventosch

Celine's Notes:
A savory and sweet version of this dish can be made. Ingredient substitutions for the sweet version are noted in the ingredient list. This dish can be made ahead of time, ...
By Susie Iventosch

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