Liver Pâté

I love baked liver pâté, or “pâté maison” as it is sometimes called. It is especially good with French bread and sweet pickles. Ingredients 1 lb ground pork, or chopped pork shoulder 1 lb of liver – (chicken, calf’s, or pig’s), trimmed of connective tissue, diced 1 Tablespoons of cognac or brandy 1 Tablespoons of […]

Pâté (Pate) Maison

Easy to make liver pate recipe, made with chicken livers and pork sausage, wrapped in bacon, well seasoned with herbs and spices. Also known as “pâté (pate) campagne”. Ingredients 1 lb chicken livers 1 lb lean pork 1 lb mild Italian sausage meat 1 Tbsp chopped chives or scallions 1 Tbsp chopped parsley 1 Tbsp […]

Prosciutto, Melon, and Mozzarella

A perfect summertime appetizer, prosciutto-wrapped melon is a delicious blend of salty and sweet flavors. Mozzarella balls adds another touch. You may want to serve some with the mozzarella, some without. Or, try wrapping some prosciutto around the mozzarella. Ingredients 1/4 lb thinly sliced Italian Prosciutto di Parma 1 cantaloupe or honeydew melon, or 1/2 […]

Olive Crostini

Here is a quick and easy appetizer, tasty and fun to make. Preparing these today for an afternoon barbecue I was assisted by my sous-chef Alden, of Carlisle, Massachusetts. Aldie is just about 6 years old and loves to help out; she is especially good helping me find things in an unfamiliar kitchen, opening cans […]

Papaya, Prosciutto, and Lime

When it comes to tropical fruit, mangos and pineapple may get all the attention, but my favorite? Papaya. It ’s so good! Easy to prepare too. There ’s no peeling around pineapple eyes or carving around a thin sturdy mango seed. You just peel the papaya, cut it in half, scoop out the seeds, and slice. […]

Garlic Bread

What would spaghetti be without a side of buttery garlic bread? There are several methods and twists for making garlic bread, the easiest being just rubbing a cut clove of garlic over toasted slices of Italian or French bread, and spreading the toast with olive oil or butter. Here are a couple of methods that make wonderful […]

Caramelized Onion English Muffin Pizzas

Back in 7th grade home-economics, the cooking segment consisted of learning how to make pizza with English muffins, some spaghetti sauce, a little cheese and a toaster oven. Relax. These aren ’t those pizzas. These are cool, a little fancy, English muffin pizzas. When my father came home with a bag of English muffins announcing […]