Fennel, hazelnuts, paprika, fleur de sel, black pepper, freshly ground

  Toasty. Crunchy.  Spicy.  Simple. Exotic. That’s dukkah, the Middle Eastern blend of toasted nuts and spices that makes people stop in their track to ask “What IS this gorgeous mixture?” I discovered dukkah when I was working on Nuts in the Kitchen, where it is part of the recipe collection. My cooking students had […]

First Christmas Cookies

  Baking Christmas cookies is not a French tradition, unless of course one is from Alsace, where traditions are much more German than they are French, thus cookie-oriented. But baking Christmas cookies is clearly part of our tradition, and I just finished my first batch. Now, the kitchen is redolent of cinnamon, cloves, chocolate and toasted […]

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