Cookies are supposed to be simple. They’re among the first things covered in pastry school and are usually one of the first tasks any aspiring baker tackles (slice and bake doesn’t count, Doughboy). Unfortunately, within simplicity lies a lot of room for complacency and mediocrity. Until recently I loathed the idea of a cookie plate. […]
A few months ago I got a special gift of a really useful book and some wonderful wines to go with it. I used the red for sorbet, ended up just enjoying the white (a Riesling) on its own (sooo gooood) and stashed the sparkling in my fridge. For the holiday season. That book had […]
This fall I have been discovering all sorts of wonderful new fruits and vegetables, as well as enjoying the heck out of some older favorites. The grocery downstairs started selling some interesting-looking grapes recently and once I found out what they were and tried some I was definitely hooked.
It’s violet season!
This month, I was a little “meh” about the theme for Iron Cupcake. I don’t really drink soda (I’m a tea and water kind of girl), and considered sitting this one out. But, it wouldn’t be a challenge if I didn’t do it, and besides, I was able to make something for the coffee challenge, […]
Prepare yourselves for an onslaught of tea-related treats. This is one of three.
Winter. Ugh. I’m so over it. Aside from the gray, dreary skies, the frozen, dirty ground, the dry, itchy skin and ALL THAT SNOW, there’s a ton of nasty viruses giong around. Pretty much everyone I know has been sick lately, mostly all with stomach issues. I was sick a while ago with one of […]
I’ve been working my way through a fruit drawer (and a cupboard stash) of citrus. Cara cara oranges, key limes, ruby red grapefruits, blood oranges, minneolas, meyer lemons…I’m definitely taking advantage of the best part about winter. I’ve had mixed success: I still have to find time to try and thin out the over-cooked and […]
When I was a little kid, decorating the Christmas tree was a week-long event for my family. We had boxes and boxes of cheesy ornaments my parents had gotten over the years, and, in the first house I lived in, an exceptionally high ceiling that demanded and exceptionally tall tree. After going out to one […]