Black Friday breakfast: Ricotta Pancakes with Sautéed Pears

Thanksgiving was a smashing success (or close enough). Now delight your weekend house guests with Marion’s light, creamy pancakes topped with sautéed fruit. Recipe from the Blue Kitchen.. ....more

A sweet Thanksgiving surprise times two: Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Another trip into the Blue Kitchen archives as our needed break continues. If you’re looking for an unexpected Thanksgiving dessert, consider Marion’s whoopie pies with pumpkin cookies... [[ This is a content summary only ....more

Cooking for one, well done: Lamb Chops, Couscous with Raisins and Onions

While Blue Kitchen is enjoying a short break, we’re sharing favorite recipes from the archives. This week, it’s actually two recipes—Pan-grilled Lamb Chops and Couscous with Raisins and... [[ This is a content summary only ....more

Biscuits and the “meatiest” vegetarian red eye gravy you’ll ever make

While Blue Kitchen continues a brief break, we’re sharing some of our favorite dishes from the archives. This week, it’s Drop Biscuits and Vegetarian Red Eye Gravy, so umami-rich it might... [[ This is a content summary only ....more

Provence redux: Layered Pot Roast with Anchovies, Capers and Garlic

Blue Kitchen is going on a short break for the next few weeks. We are crazy busy with a major project that, no, isn’t a cookbook—or anything even specifically food-related. All is.. ....more

Six recipes featuring seasonal, versatile pears

Pears from the American Northwest are in delicious, abundant supply right now. Here are six different ways to make the most of them. It’s that season ....more

Nuanced performance: Braised Pork Chops with Earl Grey Tea, Cider and Fennel

Pork chops and fennel bulb are oven braised with apple cider, tea leaves and aromatics for a quietly rewarding fall meal. Recipe below. We sometimes cook with big flavors here ....more

Cooking with cabbage’s sweeter, prettier sibling: Savoy Cabbage Potato Soup

Mild, beautiful Savoy cabbage is the base for this simple, comforting, creamy soup. Recipe below. A little while ago I was visiting one of our daughters, who was a bit under the weather, and when I.. ....more

Six roasting/braising recipes = six reasons to turn on the oven again

When the weather turns cool, warm things up by firing up the oven and roasting or braising. Here are six recipes from the Blue Kitchen archives. Last week, autumnal weather inspired me to roast some.. ....more

Seasonal times two: Roasted Chicken with Grapes, Mushrooms and Shallots

Grapes, in season now, are roasted in chicken pan drippings with mushrooms, shallots and rosemary for a deliciously autumnal dinner. Recipe below. Seasonal cooking can refer to working with.. ....more