Slice and Bake Butter Cookies

These basic cookies are a perfect dessert that can be prepared ahead of time and kept on hand for surprise guests. They can be frozen, thawed and baked and still retain the delicate buttery mouthfeel.

Baked Sweet Potato

Any variety of orange- or red-skinned, orange-fleshed sweet potato can be used in this recipe. When shopping, look for sweet potatoes that are uniform in size. Personally, I prefer smaller potatoes. Top potatoes with butter or with one of my two suggested sauces; Garam Masala Yogurt or Garlic and Chive Sour Cream (recipes follow).    

One – Hour Broiled Chicken and Pan Sauce

If you want to put a juicy, crisp-skinned roast chicken on your dinner table quickly, you might want to do it the American Way! The secret to getting a whole chicken roasted in just an hour is to butterfly the bird, start roasting it in a cold oven and then crank up the broiler.  

Old-Fashioned Beef Stew

This classic beef stew is the ideal cooking project for a chilly day like today. Beef, onion, carrots, potatoes and red wine come together in beautiful harmony. If you are feeding a crowd, good news: It doubles (or triples) easily.

New York Cheesecake

I cannot live in the shadow of New York’s skyscrapers and never prepare the City’s most famous dessert, right? My favourite recipe for the classic New York cheesecake has a rich and creamy vanilla topping and a very simple biscuit base. Enjoy the little taste of New York at your table.  

Pumpkin Soup with Orange and Thyme

In the autumn, when pumpkins have high season, I like to cook and bake with this fruit (yes, is a fruit). Here in the USA we are preparing for Thanksgiving right now and I think this delicious pumpkin soup fits perfectly into the American Thanksgiving menu. I always use small pumpkins, as these are particularly…