The Presidential Palate
Papa Doble (the Wild Daquiri, circa 1947) Let’s start with one of Ernest Hemingway’s favorite cocktails, the daquiri. This version is from Philip Greene’s book “To Have and Have Another: A Hemingway Cocktail Companion....
Estia’s Little Kitchen’s Chili and Coffee Rubbed Ribeye
Chocolate Sponge Cake This recipe for sponge cake comes from Real Simple magazine. You need a 9-by-13-inch jellyroll pan and some parchment paper. Butter for the pan 1/3 cup flour 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1/4 tsp. salt 4 large eggs,...
I found this recipe for smoked herring salad on a website called The New York Times also has one, but it is more froufrou.
Variations on the Theme
I am not including a pumpkin pie recipe because they are a dime a dozen. Just follow your favorite recipe and try it this time with real Long Island cheese pumpkin instead of that canned stuff. I would suggest roasting or microwaving rather than boiling, because you need to control the moisture content. You don’t want it too watery.
Here is the recipe for broccoli and Cheetos from chef Craig Koketsu of Park Avenue restaurant in Manhattan.
Applesauce Let’s start with the simplest recipe, applesauce. You can leave out the butter, but it does give it a nice, rich consistency.  Serves eight. 2 lbs. tart apples, such as Granny Smith, peeled, cored, and chopped 1/4 cup or more...
Summer Flavors for Winter Days
Cooking 101

Serves four.  3 cups washed fresh blackberries 6 Tbsp. (3/4 stick) butter, softened 2/3 cup light brown sugar
You can find great recipes for ratatouille, caponata, and eggplant Parmesan in any good cookbook. These are great for combining all the vegetables that are plentiful right now — eggplant, tomatoes, zucchini, etc. But let’s get off the leash for a change and try some more exotic possibilities for this versatile vegetable. This first recipe is from...