From the category archives:


Lizzie’s Chicken Soup with Rice

by epi on May 4, 2012

Ingredients For the Rice: 2 cups brown basmati rice 4 cups water 1 tbsp unsalted butter For the Soup: 12 cups chicken broth (if using water and bouillon I do 16 cups water and 10 bouillon cubes) 4 chicken breasts – skinned and deboned 2 large carrots cut in half 1 large yellow onion – […]


Lizzie’s Creamy Chicken with Biscuits

by epi on April 20, 2012

Ingredients 1 whole chicken, cut up or 3 whole chicken breasts – with skin and bones – split 2 tsp salt 1 celery stalk with leaves, cut in quarters 5 carrots, cut in ½ inch rounds 1 medium onion, quartered 1 qt good quality, low-sodium chicken broth (Optional) ¼ cup fat (butter or chicken fat […]


Q: My husband and I invited another couple to dinner last week, and they brought us a bottle of wine — then took the half-empty bottle home with them.  Have the rules changed, or was that rude? A: The wine is yours!  If the rules have changed, it’s a new one on me.  An offering […]


Little Chocolate Spice Cakes

by epi on April 6, 2012

These little cakes are as much fun to make as they are to eat — and they look terrific. They don’t require plates or utensils, and as such are a perfect end to a holiday cocktail party. The spice notes and bittersweet chocolate also pair well with many red wines, particularly reds with high fruit […]


Q: I love hosting my extended family for Easter, but my in-laws always bring their high-maintenance dog.  May I tell them that their pooch is not on the guest list this year? A: Of course!  It’s presumptuous of any guest to assume he or she can bring along another visitor, especially a four-legged one.  Try […]


Spring Pea Soup

by epi on March 30, 2012

This is our dear friend Louise Roomet’s version of an Elizabeth David classic. While it’s simply delicious as a chilled soup, it’s just as wonderful served hot. The vibrant green makes it the perfect soup for Christmas dinner. This soup is easily adaptable for vegetarians.  (Serves 4 to 6) 1 medium-size head iceberg lettuce 1-pound […]


Q: We just spent a weekend at the home of our daughter’s future in-laws. I was terribly embarrassed when my husband went over to the dining room table, which was set for dinner, picked up a plate, turned it over, and looked at the back. He then did the same thing with the silverware. He […]


Lizzie’s Ham and Cheese Crostini

by epi on March 16, 2012

A Delicious Take on Bread and Cheese! The best part about this recipe is that you can easily adjust it to make a small or large batch. You can even eyeball the ingredients without destroying the dish! Ingredients 1 French baguette 4-8 oz. cream cheese (full fat), softened (8 oz. makes a creamier mix, 4 […]


Lizzie’s Shepard or Cottage Pie

by epi on March 2, 2012

Shepherd’s pie is a delicious warm comforting dish known for the combination of Lamb and Mashed Potatoes. Cottage pie is the same thing but uses ground beef instead of ground lamb. Here’s my twist on this classic. Ingredients: 4-6 medium to large russet potatoes, peeled & cut into medium chunks 1 TBSP butter 2-4 TBSP […]


Q: We are planning on having a swimming pool installed in our backyard. We are anticipating that kids (and perhaps some adults) may become more friendly and look for invitations to come swim. We want to be generally friendly, but what is the proper etiquette as a pool owner when kids (or adults) stop by […]