This cake is robust, like a bear hug. We actually need it to get through the next eight weeks. It’s baking as I write and the house smells like a holiday, like a gingerbread house. I found this recipe in the New York Times last week and decided that it would be this year’s ginger-something […]
Orange-Cornmeal Sandies. My friend Linda gave me these cookies for Christmas, a tin full of delicate, crunchy, melt-in-your-mouth morsels. That these cookies came to me in the form of pigs should have been a hint. But no. To say that I liked them is an understatement. My husband now swears he never had a single […]
Raw Apple Cake for breakfasts or birthdays, enough for a dozen mornings or a dozen party guests.
I’m introducing a novel idea that makes so much sense and it comes from, of course, my Mom. She loved to describe her favorite childhood meal: a platter of freshly harvested corn on the cob with butter and salt, strawberries for dessert. Just that. She and her eleven siblings ate well and savored that meal, […]
Gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, vegan. Chances are there will be someone at your holiday table with a dietary restriction. I know there will be at mine. Rather than feeling bothered about changing the menu to suit these folks, why not embrace the opportunity to try something new? I promise you and your guests won’t feel the […]
Every fall my husband, who’s a decent cook and an excellent bread baker, launches into his one dessert specialty, pumpkin pie from scratch. Pies made from a can of Libby’s are so good it’s hard to imagine the effort being worth it. … For years he made the pies using the recipe on the back of the Libby’s can, but with his own freshly roasted pumpkin; he tried Macrina Bakery’s recipe for Maple Pecan Pumpkin Pie which is a winner.
Being outdoors, even just barely out the door, changes the experience of the meal. Spirits are lifted, birdsong and lawnmowers are part of the vibe, conversation shifts. The front steps beckon, the balcony, backyard, a nearby park or beach. It’s summertime. Whatever you’re eating, pack it up and go. Last minute, I’ve been known to […]
I wrote about Pavlova a few years ago, Pav as it’s affectionately known to Australians. It’s a gang buster of a dessert, a showstopper just like the ballerina it was named after, Anna Pavlova. When you deconstruct a Pavlova you make a few discoveries: that it’s composed of meringue, which is just sweetened egg whites […]
Desserts are clearly not my specialty since I have one cookie recipe and one cake recipe that I make over and over again. Usually if someone else offers to make dessert, I don’t hesitate to agree. Last week while making a birthday dinner for a friend that shares my love of light, fresh, seasonal desserts, […]
It’s my turn give you ten of my favorite posts. While Sally chose hers mainly for sentimental reasons, I decided to go for more practical reasons. This is a list of recipes that bring me back to the blog over and over to remind myself how I made something. Don’t ask me why I can […]