Swiss Chard Galette

My wife Bev and I just returned from a trip to Charlottesville, Virginia where I was a speaker at the 2018 Virginia Festival of the Book. As Bev will attest, it’s often difficult (maddening is the term she’d probably use) to get me out the door and away from my desk and kitchen. For better […]

Spaghetti Squash and Parmesan Cheese Quiche

It’s March, not exactly peak season for pie makers, so you’d be forgiven for thinking that I’m stretching when our featured recipe is a quiche made with spaghetti squash. Forgiven, but mistaken. But this is no stretch. It’s about shining a light on one of my favorite veggies of all time, one that’s both under-appreciated […]

The Harvest Baker Book Trailer

I always love to watch the trailers when I go to the movies. A well made trailer hits all the right notes, builds suspense and, if it’s done well, makes you greatly anticipate the flick in question. Or, in this case, the book in question, that being my new cookbook – The Harvest Baker.  I’ll […]

Asparagus Tart with Bacon and Blue Cheese

The next time you’re in the market for a new good friend, I’ve got a suggestion: shop around for someone who grows his own asparagus. Or her own asparagus. Gender’s not the point. The point, if I may state the obvious, is that asparagus friends are worth their weight in, well, asparagus. While the rest […]

Brats and Beer Pot Pie

No one has come forward to point out my glaring oversight, but somehow September 23rd, 2016 – National Great American Pot Pie Day – came and went without notice, flying completely under my radar. My apologies: I intended no slight. But shame on me anyway for not tipping my hat to a category of pies […]

Natchitoches Meat Pies

Just in case you haven’t figured this out by now, I’m a sucker for virtually anything wrapped in a pastry dough. Cornish meat pies, hand pies, empanadas, turnovers sweet and savory, Indian samosas – if you’ve got a filling and a flaky, crusty wrapper, you’re probably one of my BFFs. A few years back I […]

Kale and Mushroom Pie with Seeded Crust

In 1976, the year I got out of the Navy, I was living in my hometown of Plainfield, New Jersey and working at my brother’s print shop (which, incidentally, is where I printed and self-published my first three cookbooks – long story for another day.) I was having the time of my life. I grew […]

Moroccan Lamb Pot Pie for National Pie Day

Today is January 23rd, National Pie Day, the day America celebrates everything we love about pie. It’s a great idea, one worthy of our indulgence. But I have often wondered what possessed the fine folks – who had the otherwise good sense to set aside a day for pie – to choose the month in […]

A Meat Pie for Playoff Season

Today – Saturday, December 12th – is the 115th meeting between the Army and Navy football teams, by nearly any measure the most spirited, enduring, and beloved rivalry in American sports. The Super Bowl can’t hold a candle to the Army-Navy Game. For the vast majority of these young men the Army-Navy game is not […]

Thanksgiving Leftovers Shepherd’s Pie

It’s Saturday, just past mid-season for Thanksgiving leftovers, but there’s still time left to try out one of the weekend’s easiest encore dishes: Thanksgiving Leftovers Shepherd’s Pie. With a crust, of course.  How easy is it? You don’t even need a recipe*, that’s how easy. So I’m just going to walk you through it. The […]