irish breakfast cookies

irish breakfast cookies / patty's food

Cookies for breakfast on Saint Paddy’s Day? Why not? I’m sure you will love this oatmeal cookie recipe as much as we did. This is the first recipe that I’ve made from my copy of at home in the whole food kitchen by amy chaplin and even though I did make a few changes, such […]

Hazelnut Streusel Bread

Hazelnut Streusel Bread / Patty's Food

  I could spend my time organizing myself for the holidays until the cows come home but instead I’m going to write this post, go for a walk, run to the market and spend a few hours in my kitchen making turkey soup with my Thanksgiving leftovers.  Oh, and I also have this hazelnut streusel […]

My friend Donna’s Favorite Oatmeal Cookies

Currant Oatmeal Cookies / Patty's Food

My friend and hiking partner Donna mentioned that she was going home after our hike to bake her favorite oatmeal cookies, a recipe from Alice Waters.  Donna is a wonderful cook and I remember from previous year’s Christmas cookie exchanges that she always brings delicious cookies.  Donna also happened to give me a copy of […]

White Chocolate Cranberry Bread

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What is it about a slice of this quick bread that I find so appealing?…Maybe it’s the tender crumb or the sweetness of the white chocolate or the bright red little explosions of fresh cranberries baked in each slice?  Or maybe it’s because of the holiday tradition that dates back to my early memories of […]

Herbed Castelverano Olives for French Fridays

Herbed Castelverano Olives / Patty's Food

  Olives soaking up herbal flavor while resting in extra-virgin olive oil is  this week’s assigned recipe from Around My French Table and it came at the perfect time to enjoy for a pre Thanksgiving meal nibble.  I found the Sicilian Castelverano olives at Whole Foods the day before Thanksgiving.  The parking lot was so busy […]

Honey Spiced Madeleines with Dark Chocolate Chunks for French Fridays with Dorie

Last year for a dinner party I served Dorie’s honey spiced madeleines with poached pears and loved them.  This time I wanted to try something a little different and decided to add Scharffen Berger bittersweet baking chunks to my cookies.  I have to admit that after I topped the madeleine dough with the chocolate I […]

Quinoa, Fruit and Nut Salad For French Fridays

  Because of black quinoa’s striking color, reminds me of wild rice, I decided to use it in my salad this week for French Fridays with Dorie.  Attempting to give my salad even more visual pizazz  I added orange zest and crème fraiche with sprigs of watercress on top.  I did a fair amount of […]

Beggar’s Fusilli Friday with Dorie

Did I use fusilli instead of the linguini called for in this recipe from Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan because I wanted to title my post French Fusilli Friday??  Maybe but more likely because I love a thicker corkscrew type of pasta to soak up the rich flavorful sauce I made using Dorie’s […]

Fresh Fig Bars with Bittersweet Chocolate Chunks and Brandy

Several years ago at a restaurant in Boston my husband Scott and I shared a fresh fig and bittersweet chocolate tart. The memory of it and the desire to use fresh figs and chocolate together in a pastry has been with me during every fig season since that time. Being that it is that time […]