Vegetable Soup

What’s good to eat on a cold day? Steamy vegetable soup. What’s good to eat on a cold day after having a root canal? This puréed vegetable soup. It’s soothing, nutritious, and delicious, whether you can feel your gums or not. And a bowlful requires no chewing, unless you serve it with a rustic, toothsome…

Pancetta Mashed Potatoes

This is my friend J. He’s out of his comfort zone here, wearing an apron in a cooking class and brandishing a ricer. The kitchen is not his natural habitat, and yet here he’s making a dish of creamy potatoes flavored with mascarpone cheese and butter that will be the best-tasting thing produced from a…

Ham and Green Pepper Quiche

I was a quiche-making dynamo on Thursday. Once a month, I cook lunch for a special group of people, about 24 in number, who are either clients or volunteers at a weekly respite care program. I call it my own Third Thursday Café. Everyone there is connected by the scourge of dementia in some form…

Lemon-Ginger Chicken Salad …

… means summer to me. So does a blooming August Beauty gardenia bush, one of which happens to be putting on a show right now next to my deck stairs.* At various times through spring and summer, this former modest potted plant becomes a tarty six-foot-tall Vargas pin-up, exuding clouds of perfume from perfect spirals…