Raindrops on roses and yeast in my kitchen

Raindrops on roses and yeast in my kitchen

Let’s just pretend that it hasn’t been six months since I last posted. Indeed I’m alive, and still cooking.  I’ve been feeling badly, though, about not doing something else that I truly enjoy-–writing.  Even if it is about nothing and nobody reads it. It’s therapeutic in the same way as baking bread, although the latter … Continue reading

Julia’s Oeufs en Cocotte

Julia’s Oeufs en Cocotte

My husband and I got out for a date night last weekend.  We don’t take dates lightly anymore, being parents and all.  No, we now do them real proper-like. When we were young (uh, last year?), a “date” often meant grabbing a movie from Blockbuster and a dessert at Met Market and cozying up on … Continue reading

Moving On

Moving On

Eight months ago, we found a charming little brick cottage for sale in a serene neighborhood only blocks from the water. We were smitten, put an offer on the table, and then began to wait for bank approval. It was a short sale. I tried not to picture my life in that little brick house … Continue reading

Cows and Houseplants

Cows and Houseplants

Well, in spite of my long hiatus from blogging, I’m going to try to keep at it.  I’ve abandoned too many projects in my life, and I don’t like the thought of dropping one more. Especially one that’s supposed to be good for me. I’ve been in a rut lately–not at all unusual for me–but … Continue reading

Chicken Biryani

Chicken Biryani

Alright, so I just realized that my last couple of posts have been a bit verbose. Or maybe very verbose.  Shakespeare said that brevity is the soul of wit and I’ll be darned if I give my less-than-witty self away, so here’s a quick one for you. I’ve been waiting for this recipe for a … Continue reading

Cake to Celebrate

Cake to Celebrate

I can’t deny it, folks:  cake has been on the brain. Cake, the epitome of food love. Edible art and the most celebratory of foods. I fear that Spring has twitterpated me with…cake. This must be what happens when you get older. As a kid, I didn’t really think that much of cake.  It was … Continue reading

Grammy’s Dinner

Grammy’s Dinner

Last month my family celebrated our first annual Grammy Dinner.  No, not a party to celebrate overrated pop singers who never learned their music theory (this is of course excluding Adele, who as everyone knows transcends all critique). But the other kind of Grammy Dinner. As in, a truly southern meal filled with all the … Continue reading

A cheerfully easy weeknight meal

A cheerfully easy weeknight meal

I’ve been spending a lot of time with egg whites lately.  I guess this is what happens when you use all of your yolks for things that shouldn’t be mentioned, like puddings and creme patisseries. A couple of weeks ago I attempted my first batch of macarons with a bowl full of whites I had … Continue reading

It’s good to be eating again

It’s good to be eating again

We’ve been sick around here.  Sadly, the kind of sick that makes you want to stay far, far away from the kitchen. Thankfully, it all blew over by the time the Friday hit. Which is good news, because this weekend there was too much good food to be had and too much great company to … Continue reading

The Velveteen Carrot

The Velveteen Carrot

As a child, carrots were by far my favorite vegetable. Isn’t this true for most kids? They’re naturally sweet, have a mild flavor, and for the most part carry a very tolerable texture, unlike lima beans which get all cakey and pasty in your mouth. Ugh, lima beans.  Lucky for us kids, we secretly knew … Continue reading