When you saw me post the recipe for ham last week, I’ll bet you knew this post was coming. Because I am usually just cooking for myself and The Artist, I rarely have the luxury of buying a large ham. But this year I told him I needed one. That’s right, it was more than a desire, it was a true need. Just like I needed that pair of shoes or the new platter for photography … sometimes a girl just needs something. LOL
Continue reading Yellow Split Pea Soup with Ham (Gluten-Free)
While I am traveling on business during the next several weeks, some of my friends have graciously sent me articles and photographs to share with all of you. I can’t wait for you to meet each one and discover new blogs to follow and meet some of the best talent in the industry!
Today you are in for a real treat. Marnely Rodriguez-Murray is a chef on Martha’s Vineyard and graduate of the Culinary Institute of America (CIA). Marnely is a native of the Dominican Republic, clever and intelligent, incredibly fun to be with, and one of the nicest people I’ve had the pleasure to meet. She is the brains and beauty behind Cooking With Books! When I asked her to write something for our ever-popular Chocolate Mondays, she wondered if people would be interesting to learn how cacao is grown and becomes the base from which chocolate is made. What a wonderful opportunity to learn about the source of our favorite ingredient!
Continue reading Discovering Organic Cacao in the Dominican Republic
When I was growing up, my mother’s favorite meal to make for company was baked ham and it was our standard Easter dinner nearly every year until I left home. We would roast it in the oven for hours, basting it with brown sugar and studding the top with pineapple rings, Maraschino cherries, and whole cloves. The house would fill with the aroma and we couldn’t wait for dinner!
Continue reading Baked Ham with Bourbon-Chile Glaze