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Recipe Index: Vespa Woolf's Favorites

Updated on February 2, 2015
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Vespa's recipes have appeared in "Midwest Living" and "Taste of Home." She belongs to Cook's Recipe Testers for "Cook's Illustrated."

Vespa Woolf's Recipe Index

A 7-year-old girl in pigtails and a sweat-soaked sundress, I lingered in the shade of our old oak tree. Stains from the neighbor's cherry tree dotted our sidewalk and perfectly good fruit was going to waste. Too young to cook, I wondered what to do? And then I had an epiphany—I’d make cherry wine!

Of course, I'd never really tasted wine. But I could imagine the crimson liquid sparkling in my parents' glasses as they toasted my success. I'd sell my famous liquor to the neighbors and relatives. I'd be rich. I'd be the talk of the town.

Knowing nothing of sterilization, I chose containers of doubtful cleanness to bottle my concoction. I corked them and waited, shaking the bottles daily for several weeks. When my patience ran its course I tasted the cloudy, unappetizing liquid. Bitter and biting, it was cherry vinegar at the very best. I spat it on the ground, repulsed.

My journey with food had begun. I eagerly cooked for the family as soon as I was old enough to stir a pot. As a grown-up I started to work with food, cooking under some of the best chefs I know.

I am the kind of person who hangs out in the produce section, thumping and sniffing in search of the perfect mango or melon. My background in food eventually led to food writing. The rest is history.

We hope this index makes it easy for you to zero in on a recipe you'd like to duplicate in your own kitchen. You'll find plenty of photos and step-by-step instructions. Let’s start with my favorite—dessert!

Butter Caramels with Pink Sea Salt
Butter Caramels with Pink Sea Salt | Source
Blondies With Dark Chocolate & Caramel Sauce
Blondies With Dark Chocolate & Caramel Sauce | Source
High Altitude Chocolate Cake
High Altitude Chocolate Cake | Source
Mocha Almond Sundaes
Mocha Almond Sundaes

Ice Cream

I scream, you scream~we all scream for ice cream! Nothing cools us off faster on a mid-summer's day. Try an old standby like ice cream sandwiches or something new and unique like horchata ice cream. Either way, your family will thank you.

Mexican Guacamole
Mexican Guacamole
The Best Mexican Salsa
The Best Mexican Salsa | Source

Mexican-Style Recipes

From mole to guacamole, nothing satisfies like that south-of-the-border flavor. Learn to make homemade corn tortillas from dried corn and lime or throw together a quick batch of fresh salsa. The choice is yours!

Spicy Szechuan Dan-Dan Noodles
Spicy Szechuan Dan-Dan Noodles | Source
Homemade Spaghetti Sauce
Homemade Spaghetti Sauce | Source
The Best Chicken Tortilla Soup!
The Best Chicken Tortilla Soup!

Main Dish Soups

Whether you choose comforting tomato soup or exotic mulligatawny, these soups will warm you up and fill your belly on frigid winter nights.

How to Make Crispy Homemade French Fries
How to Make Crispy Homemade French Fries | Source
Homemade English Muffins
Homemade English Muffins | Source

Homemade Breads

Learn about the artisanal pleasure of kneading dough. Your mouth will water as the fragrance of baking bread fills your home. Throw together a quick batch of blueberry-lemon scones for the gang at work.

Cracker-Barrel Style Pancakes
Cracker-Barrel Style Pancakes | Source
Swiss Muesli
Swiss Muesli | Source
Tangy Mango Lemonade
Tangy Mango Lemonade
Indio Feliz Restaurant
Indio Feliz Restaurant | Source

Restaurant Reviews

If you're planning a trip to Peru then you've come to the right place! Learn where to dine in Cusco and Machu Picchu for breakfast, lunch and dinner.


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