Editor’s Note: We are publishing several of the late Lee White’s Thanksgiving recipes today both to honor her memory and once again share her culinary wisdom with our readers. Let's start with Lee's favorite recipe for cooking a turkey. Turkey 1 14- to 16-pound turkeysalt1 stick butter½ (one-half) cup good white wine Gravy ¼ (one-quarter) cup all-purpose … [Read more...] about A Cornucopia of Lee’s Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes
Editor’s Note: While Lee White is taking a short break, we are republishing some of her previous columns. This one is from September 2021. By the time you read this, I will have flown home from La Mirada, California, having visited with my Darcy, her husband and their greyhound, Whitney. Darcy was planning many of her meals ahead of time: I was to arrive at Long Beach … [Read more...] about A la Carte: Chicken Provencal is One of Lee’s ‘Favorite Dishes’
Editor’s Note: While Lee White is taking a short break, we are republishing some of her previous columns. This one is from September 2019. Many years ago we moved from Massachusetts to Connecticut, having found an old house with land in Canterbury.That beautiful old house took years to make it gorgeous (thanks to my husband, who worked nights and weekends inside and outside … [Read more...] about A la Carte: Pears, Pie and Autumn Make a Perfect Mix
When I received my Food Network Magazine, I was, as always, taken by the cover: The Secret to a Perfect Pesto. But in the Editor’s Letter, I was even more taken with words: “… In looking back at all the September covers in this magazine, about half of them show some variations of corn, basil and tomatoes. … So why should we question putting the farmers’ market trifecta on … [Read more...] about A la Carte: Tomatoes Times Two: One Recipe (Tomato Ginger Salad), One Tip
My friend Suzanne and her husband Bob are next-door neighbors in our condo complex. Their house was not far away, so I do not know whether they had a big vegetable garden, but I know that I had. Over the past week or so, we have all been the kindness of friends, who gave use peppers and zucchini and green beans. The zucchini were particularly lovely (“not too large, not too … [Read more...] about A la Carte: Verdict on Neighbor’s Gift of Stuffed Peppers With Marinara Sauce: “Absolutely Delicious”
It is difficult to believe it is already August. On the last day of July, there was a boules party. You probably remember how I love playing this lawn game (like bocce, but with little wooden balls at which we throw larger stainless steel balls) with great friends, wine and incredible food. There are rarely themes, but yesterday it was Italy. In addition to chef … [Read more...] about A la Carte: Savor Intense Flavors From This Summer Vegetable Gratin
I think I have mentioned that there are certain things I have never baked or cooked. I have never made a soufflé, even though I do understand how to gently incorporate the whipped egg whites into the mixture. Could it be because I am afraid of failing? Doubt it. I have not just screwed up recipes once, but sometimes more than once. One of these days I will make a … [Read more...] about A la Carte: Everyone Loves Gluten-free Cappuccino Rice Crispy Treats
This weekend was fun. My friend, Conrad Heede, and his mother, Jayne, came over and I gave a lesson for Conrad on making crème brulée. He likes sweets and wants to learn to make desserts. Crème brulée uses only four ingredients, but you learn patience in making it and even more patience because its needs to cool, then be refrigerated for many hours. The brulée itself is … [Read more...] about A la Carte: Sweet and Sticky Grilled Chicken Always Hits the Spot
I have been to the beach exactly three times since the end of May, each time for less than an hour and a half. One day it was blistering hot and humid. As much as I like summer, I really dislike humidity to the point that I can stay in my condo for two days just because I have central air conditioning. I remember that my mother could stay in her apartment for the exact … [Read more...] about A la Carte: Take Time to Make Slow-Cooker Chicken Cacciatore
In the early 80s, when we lived in Massachusetts, I bought an ice cream maker called a Lickety Split. It was all plastic, except for the two bowls, which were maybe aluminum or stainless steel. It costs around $25 and it could make two different pints of ice cream simultaneously. A few years later, Ben and Jerry’s and Haagen Dazs entered the freezer aisles, and eventually … [Read more...] about A la Carte: Fresh Strawberry Ice Cream is the Ultimate Summer Dessert … and so Easy to Make!
Column 1 Oh my, no matter the season, last week was a perfect summer day. Was it always sunny? Not really, but for Friday night, Saturday and Sunday, the clouds didn’t explode with raindrops and the humidity stayed around 70 percent and in Groton and Madison, there was always a soft breeze. Friday I learned how to make a watermelon “sorbet (well, it required some sweetened … [Read more...] about A la Carte: Two Columns Bursting with Strawberry Treats
After the quick turnover to the Dallas wedding (flew there at 6 a.m. Saturday and was home by Monday, mid-afternoon), I unpacked, played with the cats, watched a DVR’d Connecticut Sun game) and finished a book, then slept until 7:30 Tuesday. Then I drove to Madison and took friends to pick up their new car in Westchester County, NY. Eric drove the new car home (the next … [Read more...] about A la Carte: Creamy Coconutty Shrimp Makes a Super Summer Salad
Having a daughter who has taken over my work as a mother can be pretty nifty. When she wants me to go something with her (or even when we are not going together but I mention that I am thinking of doing something alone), she offers to make all the arrangements. This time there is a wedding for my late brother’s granddaughter. For me, traveling via plane is hellish: I hate … [Read more...] about A la Carte: Chicken Tetrazzini is Lovely for Left-Overs
My friend, Lian Obrey, asked me if I would teach her a couple of dishes she could make if she invited friends for dinner. Of course, I said I would. “One of those days” might happen within a few days, but I am off to Dallas for the wedding of my grandniece. So, as I am writing this column this morning, I will give her the draft of this column, along with a half-sheet pan … [Read more...] about A la Carte: It’s Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee, so Think British With (Sheet Pan) Fish & Chips!
I spent a lot of time in the past couple of weeks driving. I wasn’t going long distances; rather I had errands so I did a couple, got home for lunch, and finished the rest a hour or two later. While my husband and I frequently went out for breakfast (always on weekends), now that I am husband-less (and have been for more than a decade), I do most of my reading, writing and … [Read more...] about A la Carte: Got to Grill? Try Chicken with Peach BBQ Sauce for a Tasty Change