Pear-Gorgonzola Pizza

Photo by Judith Hausman Pears and pizza are a perfect pair. Fruit and cheese: It’s an iconic picnic pairing that deserved the pizza stone this fall, and it couldn’t have come together any more easily. On a weekend, you can mix up your signature pizza dough recipe, but on a Monday night, I used whole-wheat […]

Apple Pan Dowdy

This old-fashioned recipe deserves our attention.

A Waldorf-Style Salad

Photo by Judith Hausman This fall, try this Waldorf-style salad. Created between 1893 and 1896 in the kitchens of the famed Waldorf (now the Waldorf Astoria) Hotel in New York City, this “composed” salad is still perfect for fall with its bracing flavors of apple, nuts and tangy celery. I’ve always been partial to it […]

Corn and Salmon Chowder

  Photo by Judith Hausman Salmon and corn make this chowder wonderful. By early fall, the local corn has gotten tougher and starchier, but there were still piles of irresistible, pale-green ears at the farmers market this weekend, so I made my first soup of the new season, a chunky corn and salmon chowder, full […]

Citrus-Cucumber Salsa

  Photo by Judith Hausman Citrus meet cucumber; cucumber, citrus. Transitioning now to true autumn, I still have dribs and drabs of summer elements to enjoy, as well as the occasional warmer evening when peaches and tomatoes still call to me. I made this salsa (you could also call it a relish or salad) in […]

Turnip Greens Skillet Dinner

Photo by Judith Hausman Try some turnip greens this season. I recently volunteered at a local food-bank garden and came home with a bonus bag of tender turnip thinnings. The farmer grows a lot of turnips in this unfenced plot (that was once the lawn of a stately home) because the deer seem to leave […]

Peach … Something

Photo by Judith Hausman This dessert-without-a-name could just be called “delicious.” Not a pie, not a crisp, not quite a cobbler — still, this easy, seat-of-the-pants peach-something dessert was my solution for six or so seriously overripe peaches. I have enough peach jam, I didn’t have enough fruit to mount a canning operation and I find that […]

Plum Cream Pie

Photo by Judith Hausman Have an after-dinner treat with a slice of cream pie.  I just love cream pie. The original recipe calls for rhubarb, but the not-too-sweet custard is perfect for so many soft fruits. I’ve tweaked and reused it many times with peaches, mixed raspberries and blueberries, or even thinly sliced apples, as […]

Basic Eggplant Spread

  Photo by Judith Hausman Serve this mixture with some pita bread. To me, eggplant has always been a workhorse vegetable. So many cultures make use of it as a hardy blank slate, ready to take up silky oils and assertive spices. Its meaty texture and beautiful color add dash and flavor to many combinations, […]

Melon & Crab Salad

Photo by Judith Hausman A summer salad isn’t complete without seafood. Light and easy, a melon and crab salad with mint and ginger is satisfying, sweet, salty and sour, just right to whet the appetite on a still-summery night or to serve as a full lunch in these last free days of August. A cold […]