Baking is science and I don't like formulas, but cooking is art and anything goes...and the simpler the better. It's all about less time at the stove and more time at the table. With a forty year passion for food I'm excited to share what I do in the kitchen nearly every day.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016


The holiday party season is upon us and whether you’re hosting or pot lucking this tapenade is a crowd pleaser, and all it takes is a little Cuisinart magic. Chop a couple of cloves of garlic and combine in the food processor with two tablespoons of capers, a tablespoon of lemon juice, a bit of lemon zest, a big squeeze of anchovy paste, a few pinches of chopped thyme (optional), and a cup of Kalamata, nicoise, oil cured, or a mix of all three kinds of pitted olives. Pulse until it’s a chunky paste.

Transfer to a small bowl and stir in approximately a half cup of extra virgin olive oil, a pinch of cayenne, and salt and pepper to taste. Serve with crackers or a sliced plain or grilled baguette. Time to be merry!

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