Latest articles by Phoebe Canakis for Plum Deluxe

Phoebe Canakis

Roasted Squash with Cider Sauce

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I had an amazing vegetarian dish at Stoudt’s Brewery in Adamstown, Pennsylvania, on a recent visit. I am afraid they will rotate it off the menu and had to try my hand at it at home. Let’s be honest, when I made this Roasted Squash with Cider Sauce dish it was one of those days […]

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Perfect Weekend Apple Cardamom Coffee Cake

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I’m not one to tell you how to enjoy your food — this is a unique circumstance — but I need you to act in your own best interest and enjoy this cake with your favorite hot beverage and good company while it’s still warm from the oven. That last bit is important, “while this […]

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Sweet Potato Spiced Rum Waffles

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Let’s get this out of the way up front. Waffles. Rules don’t apply to waffles. They can be prepared either sweet or savory. The sweet waffles can be enjoyed as a savory dish and vice versa. Want to sneak more veggies in your diet? Looking for a creative use of inexpensive good-for-you sweet potatoes? Just […]

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Chill Out: 3 Cold Soups for Summer Indulgence

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I remember the first time we tried a chilled soup. I say “we” but I mean my husband, Dan. We were on a cruise and the notion of a chilled soup seemed too foreign to me (a Greek gal who loves a piping hot, savory bowl). It was a berry soup and my husband enjoyed […]

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Coconut: A Summer Indulgence for Cooking and Health

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Unless a localvore lives in a tropical climate, coconut will not be on their plate. With the love of all things local trending (which tickles me pink), we’ve gotta make wiggle room for some things, don’tcha think? Indulgence is necessary (someone noteworthy must have said that), and coconut seems to fit the bill. It’s the […]

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Pretty, Good Eats: Edible Flowers for Cooking, Baking, and Drinking

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For a moment, let’s skip the talk about locally grown vegetables and fruits. Instead we’ll find a bit of inspiration in what’s blooming, maybe in your own backyard. Let’s chitchat about edible flowers. Flowers add rich colors, subtle to spicy flavors, have diverse uses, and will add a bit of magic to summer entertaining. You […]

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Sesame: Opening a World of Flavor and History

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What food ingredient, that you use today, do you think Egyptians used in baking? It represented immortality in ancient Hindu legends. Based on how it is harvested, it might be the origin of Ali Baba’s phrase, “Open sesame!” That’s right, it’s sesame seeds! Sesame seeds are available in yellow or black and are sometimes infused […]

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Eat the Rainbow: Celebrate the Beauty of Food with 3 Recipes

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Eating the rainbow. I just like saying it, but really like to do it. Eating the rainbow is all about enjoying real food, less the artificial food coloring in processed foods. When we enjoy whole foods, not from a box or bag, we savor fresh flavors, tantalize the palate with gorgeous colors, and get better-for-your-body […]

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Glamorous Grilling: Creating the Perfect Outdoor Meal

Let’s face it, we want to make cooking tasty and fuss-free while the days are long and the warm temps get us outdoors. ‘Tis the season for the heart of the home to move onto the back porch, where the grill is the go-to to keep the house cool and the cleanup easy. I’m going […]

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