About Maria Helm Sinskey

Maria Helm Sinskey

Maria Sinskey is the co-owner and culinary director of Robert Sinskey Vineyards in Napa Valley, CA. After graduating from the California Culinary Academy and Denmark’s Conditerie Tivoli Pastry School, she worked at several restaurants in the Bay Area and was named one of Food & Wine’s Best New Chefs in 1996. Sinskey is the author of The Vineyard Kitchen and Family Meals. @eatRSV

A gray plate with a slice of honey walnut cake, raspberries, blackberries, whipped cream, and a spoon, all sprinkled with icing sugar.

Honey Walnut Cake

Easy enough for everyday yet sufficiently elegant for anytime you need a little oomph, this honey-inflected walnut cake never disappoints. Ever.

A stuffed pomegranate-glazed Cornish game hen on a white platter

Pomegranate-Glazed Cornish Game Hens

When it’s Thanksgiving for just a few of you, your response is game hens with a sweetly tart and pleasingly peppery glaze and a lovely little pine nut bread stuffing. Makes just enough.

Butternut squash soup in a blue pottery bowl with a slice of rustic bread being dipped into it.

Butternut Squash Soup

A most gratifying use for a gangly gourd, this silken butternut squash soup all but defines autumn.

Roasted Caramelized Root Vegetables

Roasted Caramelized Root Vegetables

Sometimes it’s a relief to take a respite from veggie side dishes that are overcomplicated to put together or overwrought with additional ingredients. Sometimes it’s nice to simply revel in the innate goodness of the simplest incarnation of something.

A person carrying a decorative blue and white serving platter loaded with five-spice grilled pork chops.

Five-Spice Grilled Pork Chops

Only subtly spicy, these pork chops take on an air of intrigue with their warming and evocative aroma and taste. Certain to spark conversation, if not seconds.