Deborah Madison's Tart Shell

Recipe from Deborah Madison’s Local Flavors: Cooking and Eating From America’s Farmers’ Markets, available at Linden Hills Natural Home.

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon sugar
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, in chunks
½ teaspoon vanilla extract mixed with 2 to 3 tablespoons ice water

Using a mixer with a paddle attachment, or a food processor, blend the flour, salt, and sugar, then work in the butter until coarse crumbs are formed. Add the vanilla with just enough water for the dough to come together, then shape it into a disk.

Double Chocolate Pudding

Makes 4 servings

  • 8 egg yolks
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • pinch salt
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 ounce semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream

Doubly Good Onion Rings

From Better Eating for Life, Step Six: Nibble Your Way to Great Nutrition

Serves 4
These are so good tasting and good for you, too!

  • 3 large onions, outer layer removed, sliced and separated into1/4 inch thick rings
  • 1 cup buttermilk, plain yogurt (without stabilizers), or plain kefir
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour or whole-wheat flour
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 1/2 cups cornflake crumbs

Preheat the oven to 375ºF. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick vegetable spray or line with parchment paper.

Dutch Pancake Puff


This foolproof, family pleasing breakfast treat is easy to make and quick to clean up after – so you can spend more time with friends and family!

1 cup milk
1 cup flour
4 eggs, room temp
roughly 2 tablespoons butter

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Put a couple dabs of butter into an iron skillet and place in the warm oven to melt. Meanwhile, combine milk, eggs and flour in a blender or whisk by hand. Next, pour the egg mixture into the hot skillet with the melted butter.

Bake for 20 – 25 minutes or until puffed and golden brown.

E-Z Olive Tapenade

From “Better Eating For Life, Step 10: Make Friends with Fat”

Serves 4

  • 1/2 cup pitted and finely chopped green or black olives
  • 1 Tbs. capers
  • 2 anchovy fillets (optional)
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. olive oil

Mash all of the ingredients together to form a paste. Spread on toasty whole grain bread slices.

Per 2 Tbs. serving: 30 calories, 0 g protein, 3 g fat, 1 g carbohydrate, 226 mg sodium, 0 mg cholesterol

Earl Grey Madeleines


Earl Grey is a distinctive black tea blend of Indian and Sri Lankan leaves flavored with oil from a small acidic orange called bergamot. Charles Grey learned this combination from one of his Chinese mandarin friends. Grey, the second earl in his line, was prime minister to King William IV in the early 19th century.

Makes 12 madelines

  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons Earl Grey tea leaves
  • ¾ cup flour (three quarters)
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder (one half)
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup sugar (one third)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • grated zest from one lemon

Easy Mexican Rice

1/3 cup canola oil
3 cups long grain rice
1 medium onion, chopped
3 carrots, peeled & chopped
1 poblano pepper, chopped (optional)
2 garlic cloves, chopped
3/4 cup chicken or vegetable broth
3 cups salsa

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Heat the oil in a skillet over medium low heat. Saute the rice, stirring constantly, until golden and crackling, about 5 minutes.

Add the onions, carrots and poblano and cook until vegetables are tender and aromatic. Add the garlic and saute until the aroma is released.

Add the broth and salsa, mixing well to combine.

Easy Mother’s Day Brunch Strata

This is something even the littlest kids can help prepare, since somebody has to tear up the bread.

  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups torn fresh bread
  • 1 cup shredded mild cheddar cheese
  • Fresh herbs for garnish.

Beat eggs, milk butter, mustard, paprika and salt in a large bowl with a wire whisk until well blended. Add bread and cheese; mix well. Pour into lightly greased 12 × 8 baking dish; cover and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.

Easy Raspberry Vinaigrette

1/2 cup balsamic vinaigrette or Italian dressing
1/2 cup fresh raspberries
3/4 teaspoon sugar

Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. It’s just that easy!

Easy Tilapia Veracruz

A quick weeknight meal that you’ll love! Not exactly traditional, but so simple.

  • 4 tilapia fillets
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 jar pimiento-stuffed green olives
  • 1 jar of your favorite tomato salsa
    Optional: black olives, chopped cilantro, capers

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Slice approximately 2/3 cup of green olives crosswise (you can use black olives and capers for part of this amount, and add chopped fresh jalapenos for a hotter version). Mix olives and salsa in a bowl.