Celebrity chefs inspire with dates

Jack and Annie dropped by the cookery this weekend. These two children’s literature characters are always cooking up curiosity with young readers. Mary Pope Osborne planted the seed for our next cookery adventure with dates. In her Magic Tree House series #34, “Season of the Sandstorms,” Jack and Annie shake the delicate fruit from date palm trees in the desert. […]

Spin This . . . Spinach Salad

Thinking of lightening your plate now that the days are warmer? Try this spin on spinach salad.  Thanks, Carla! Spinach Strawberry Salad 1 bag rinsed fresh baby spinach (9 ounces) 1 cup cleaned and sliced strawberries 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon raspberry preserves 1 tablespoon light sour cream 1 teaspoon dijon mustard […]

SCORE . . . with Swedish chocolate!

Swedish chocolate scores along with Detroit Red Wings Here’s one of life’s ingredients I can’t resist boasting about:  Swedish chocolate. Members of the Detroit Red Wings aren’t the only Swedes helping to score points this week. My chocolate fixer (in town from Sweden this week) paid a visit to her family in New Jersey and I ended up […]