RECIPES

A broccoli crown for a head of cauliflower - In Los Angeles Johnny Carson's show, 'Carson's Corner' was in its last 13 weeks. They hired and then fired a director every week until Ron Winston came on board...

A Tomato Salad - Already getting depressed about the rapidly approaching end of tomato season!

An Omelet - I need to look up the specific dates to flesh out this account but it is generally accurate. Long ago (we are talking the 50's) Leslie Stevens and I went down to 1 Fifth Avenue...

Bananas Flambé - Years ago I did a cooking demonstration on Bristol TV. When told we would be doing Bananas Flambé one of the techs said, 'Sounds like the name of a hooker!'

Brandied Chicken Liver Paté - In 1953, Roger Stevens invested in a play called 'Bullfight' It opened in January of '54 at the Theatre deLys on Christopher Street. I was the producer...

Broccoli stems - Cut off the woody bottom, peel and slice the rest. (The surface is convoluted so take a bit of time.)

Ceviche - In 1963 I was invited to join friends for a visit to Mexico. There were five of us in a four-place plane and our former-crop-duster pilot...

Chicken Kiev - But that last time was memorable because Mel Brooks saw us, came over saying, 'Do you mind if I work your table?'

Chicken Normandy - Just back from the tiny French village of Crepon. Except for a 10' X 12' bar and a one-room factory/store where the owner creates a wonderful array of umbrellas, the stone town is dominated by Ferme la...

Chunky Gazpacho - It must have been the early nineties. Enjoying a visit with Marthann Masterson and her friend Louise, of Ouisie's Table in Houston, I made the routine pre-dinner call to the Glendale Springs Inn...

Cranberry Kissel - This traditional Russian dessert can be made with any berries, with currants, even rhubarb...

Eggs softly scrambled with cream and sherry - A snowy weekend in Montreal In the mid 1950s, brunch with a young psychologist named Lee Salk...

Escargot Butter - I might never have tried snails but for the beautiful French restaurant on Connecticut Avenue in Washington...

Fish Chowder - In Spain I watched my friend cook a fine kettle of just caught fish, which he finished with the most delicate noodles. Back home with cooler weather, potatoes will suffice.

Herb Butter - The Troutdale Dining Room, the very first restaurant in a list too long, opened on April 13, 1976. The sign as one approached Troutdale, Virginia, was a beautifully weathered old gray door with letters my father and I...

Lena - A big hunk of Italian bread, cut lengthwise, filled with fried eggplant, veal and peppers, tiny meatballs, tomato sauce and cheese...

Linda Muffin - Growing up in Ashe County, everyone had a 'cookstove,' and everyone made biscuits...

Mushroom Strudel - My friend Susan Tomaselli grows, at least used to grow, beautiful oyster mushrooms. Sometime in the '80s she invited me to a wild mushroom festival in Telluride...

Mushroom Vol-au-Vent - Saute finely chopped shallots in butter, add mushrooms, salt and pepper of course, then a splash of sherry. Add heavy cream. Reduce a bit....

Mushrooms - When I moved from New York back to my Great-Grandpa's farm in 1973, I looked for mushrooms at the West Jefferson A&P. You mean TOADSTOOLS?

Omelet filled with mushrooms, scallions and cheese - Sauté sliced mushrooms in butter. Heat omelet pan. With a fork beat 2 eggs with salt and pepper and a tablespoon of chopped scallions...

Pan Bagna - In 1956 I produced a play called 'The Lovers' in which Joanne Woodward starred. It was her first play on Broadway and she was beautiful...

Pheasant - Remove the cores from Belgian endives, cut across into half inch slices and marinate with vinaigrette...

Pomegranates - Sixty years ago - somewhat grown up and traveling in Spain - my first encounter was when those juicy red seeds appeared atop my salad...

Ratatouille - The waiter recognized me. I ordered ratatouille topped with grilled sweetbreads, and a half bottle of Far Niente. And Jeremiah Tower came to sit with me until my lunch was served...

River House Bread Pudding - Inspired by one served at Noble's Grille many years ago...

River House Bread Pudding - We hear they make a great bread pudding down in New Orleans. Here is ours...

River House Omelets - After-theatre parties in New York in the sixties frequently starred Rudolph Stanish, his three omelet pans and half a dozen fillings...

Salade Niçoise - Lightly toss boiled potatoes, steamed green beans, artichoke hearts and asparagus spears with your favorite vinaigrette...

Salsa d'Estiva - Many years ago I was lucky enough to be invited to visit a friend on the island of Elba. Outside every door was a big pot filled with tomato plants in full fruit, another big pot full of basil...

Shells and Shelled Peas - Back in the 50s - the 1950s, not mine - playwright Leslie Stevens, photographer Alex Singer and I made lots of excursions outside of New York City looking for the kind of

Shrimp à la Grecque - Twenty some years ago, long before there were whole cookbooks of 'sheet pan' recipes

Simple Brown Sugar Icing - My mother was the best! Valedictorian of her 1924 graduating class, she went to Appalachian State Teachers College that summer. In the fall...

Simple Strawberry Ice Cream - When I was a very little girl, perhaps two or three, we moved to a small house in Dog Creek, N. C. On one side was the garage where my father was to work by himself, repairing trucks and old cars...

Summer's End - Cut a seedless watermelon into 3/4 inch cubes. Puree half of them in a blender and mix with lemonade which has been liberally spiked with vodka...

Tomatoes à la Crème - We peel the tomatoes but the elderly French gentleman who first served these to me did not...

Tumbet - Heat an inch or two of olive oil in a wide pan. Cook four or five cloves of garlic gently, without browning, to flavor the oil. Remove with a slotted spoon and reserve. Next three or four potatoes...

Tuna Carpaccio - Pound thinly sliced sushi grade tuna between two layers of food film until almost see-through. Place on a plate still in the wrap. It doesn’t matter if...

White Grape Ice Cream - I think it was 1976, shortly after we opened The Troutdale Dining Room. My mother and I were invited to lunch at nearby Ripshin...