No-Apologies Christmas Fruitcake

Some of these cakes are doused in brandy for months before they are ready, and can last years! I don’t require mine to last years, or even months; it’s not a souvenir, it’s a holiday treat and I want people to eat it now! My Aunt Elda had a lovely fruitcake recipe handed down in the…

Whole Grain Buttermilk Biscuits with Herbs & Parmesan

Mom’s Weeknight Biscuits with a few Twists Biscuits with baked beans. Biscuits with soup. Biscuits with chicken and gravy, and just about everything else. That is how I grew up. My mom made beautiful yeast breads on the weekends, but weeknight supper was all about the quick biscuit. She didn’t need a recipe; she made…

Baked Camembert with Cranberry, Pecans, & Ginger

A Special Appetizer You can Assemble the Day Before Your Event, and Bake off as your Guests Arrive If you are looking for a special appetizer that is quick, easy, and can be assembled the day before your holiday or event, a wheel of Camembert or Brie, baked in puff pastry, and dressed up with…

Sylvia’s Floating Islands with Hot Buttered Rum Sauce

And a few simpler techniques for a festive holiday dessert in no time For a treat on cold winter days, our mother would often make us floating islands of luscious meringue in soft, spiced custard; we all thought it was good, and the little islands were fun to play with. My own children loved this…

Purple Reigns Salad

A Flavorful Nutritional Boost for the Hectic Season (and it’s pretty…) I love this salad! Purple reigns, and all that color means it’s loaded with lots of healthful nutrients, a nice boost at low energy days! You can swap out what you like for many of the ingredients; instead of the balsamic, use sherry or…

Winter Roots!

It is the Season of Root Crops! But how much of these treasures can you store yourself? It is Autumn, and the farm stands are offering bulk supplies of winter roots: potatoes, carrots, beets, and onions. Some store easily, others not so much. I’ve had my share of onions that rotted, carrots that turned to…

Autumn Salad of Beets and Goat Cheese

Root Vegetables are Lovely as a Side Dish, but Even Better as a Salad It is snowing outside and it is late Autumn in Vermont. We just finished Thanksgiving, and we’ve eaten a lot of rich and wonderful foods. But we need a break! Something a little more healthful please! It’s time for salads, but…

Thanksgiving Prep 101

          It’s the Monday before Thanksgiving and I have a houseful coming. All’s calm…for now. But it means I have lots to do today, and those tasks are all about preparation. I’ve catered many events and gatherings, and learned along the way that anything that can be done beforehand needs to be done beforehand. I have…

A World of Bread in 20-Minutes

 Freshly made bread for dinner in minutes?             Nothing could be quicker than this recipe, and you can spin it into countless variations, including gluten free, so everyone in the family can be pleased. My daughter called me one night last week and needed an easy bread recipe that was gluten-free. I knew a “quick-bread”…

A Really Good Cup of Hot Chocolate!

       First snow today! There will be a need for a good cup of hot chocolate, and I’m ready. After making snowmen and forts with my brothers on cold, blustery days, Mom would have steaming hot chocolate waiting for us! Nothing tasted better, and nothing warmed us more. As an adult, I often…

Pear & Cranberry Tart

It’s Time to Think about Holiday Baking and the Flavors of Autumn and Thanksgiving! Everyone in my family has their favorite pie, and we try to accommodate everything from pumpkin to strawberry rhubarb at the Holidays. I have all the ingredients for the latter from the local farm tucked away in the freezer! But we…

Spicy Greens with Blue Cheese, Pears & Pecans

This Trio of Flavors Moves Easily from Summer Salad to Autumn Side Growing up, there was always Swiss chard in the garden, one of my mom’s favorite greens. From spring through nearly winter, this cut-and-come-again green is a backbone of the New England kitchen garden, a workhorse for its durability, and also for its beauty…