A Festive Winter Meal: Beef and Parsnip Stew with Cranberry Conserve

Cold weather makes me wish for companions around the table to share warmth and comfort from each other as well as from the food. Beef stew is a natural selection for such an occasion. Parsnips, with their celery-like flavor and hint of sweet potato, are a fitting companion in the pot. The stew is cooked … Continue reading A Festive Winter Meal: Beef and Parsnip Stew with Cranberry Conserve

Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherd’s pie, a recently popular topic in food articles and new cookbooks, is a Northern Isles kind of meat and potatoes concoction that’s a classic pub dish in England and Ireland. The meat is usually lamb, but sometimes it’s beef, in which case it’s called cottage pie. Whether lamb or beef, the idea is the same: … Continue reading Shepherd’s Pie

Sausage: the Cookbook

My latest cookbook, Sausage: Recipes for Making and Cooking with Homemade Sausage (Ten Speed Press, April, 2010), is hot off the press and available in bookstores and online. It includes 75 do-able recipes, no casing required! With flavors from around the world, the recipes showcase sausage as an easy focus for a meal, morning, noon, … Continue reading Sausage: the Cookbook