My culinary tribute to Mardi Gras this year is Grillades and Grits. This is the quintessential New Orleans brunch menu, especially during Mardi Gras carnival season. Here’s a little about the tradition and the dish.
Can you imagine being stranded in your home for days at a time during snow storms like the folks in Boston? What to do? For a family activity, my brother made homemade pasta with his kids. And he sent me detailed steps and photos for a nice guide to making your own pasta.
For Valentine’s Day I’m baking an old-fashioned Red Velvet Cake. Yes, from scratch. It’s chocolate, red in color, sentimental and one of my all-time favorite cakes.
One of my favorite dishes when eating out is French Onion Soup–steaming broth loaded with onions and melted cheese over croutons. I was surprised to discover that my children–who dislike onions of any sort in cooked dishes–also like the soup. And it is not hard to make at home; a great soup on a cold winter day.