Our Favorite Carrot Cake

An old family recipe, traditional at Spring, topped with less-sugar cream cheese frosting, and made with a twist or two! As we think ahead to planning Easter and Spring gatherings, carrot cake comes to mind as a perfect dessert. The flavors and textures of this cake appeal to many, so it is often requested at…

Sweet or Savory Buckwheat Crêpes

Naturally gluten-free, these lacy traditional crêpes are perfect for either sweet or savory dishes. Buckwheat crêpes are one of my favorites from the family recipe box. My own family loves them as well. I might make them for a Sunday breakfast, brunch with guests, dessert, or as a well-loved after-school snack for my grandchildren.  Everything…

Pots de Crème

Transform dark (or white) chocolate, heavy cream, and a handful of other ingredients into a memorable dessert in no time at all! Pots de Crème are rich little pudding/custard desserts, and if made with dark chocolate, one of the nicest way to end a special meal, especially around Valentine’s Day.  It’s rich, so you will…

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…

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…

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…

Seafood Crêpes with Sherry Mushroom Sauce

   While the humble crêpe has fallen in and out of fashion, what I have observed is that eyes light up whenever they are served.                    Be it a simple supper, or elaborate dessert, there is always room for crêpes.          When the kids…

Apple Cake with Whiskey Custard (or Whiskey Cream)

An Upside-Down Cake with Autumn Personality                         I used to make this in our cabin in the woods when I cooked a meal on the wood stove. Once the main dish was about to be served, I’d have this ready and would stick in the oven to bake with the left-over heat…

Nana’s Flakey Lemon Braid

  Pre-made Puff Pastry Makes Easy Work of this Dessert If I am going to use a pre-made product, it better not just be easy, it needs to taste good too. Pre-made puff pastry saves tons of times, and has countless sweet and savory uses. Look for one made with real butter; it is harder…

Poached Pears with Homemade Crème Fraîche

A special dessert to enjoy when the pears are as beautiful as they are right now! What a good year for pears! Our Vermont pears have been sweet and juicy, with tons of flavor, and I’ve had plenty straight up with no adornment whatsoever. Most mornings, they appear in my breakfast fruit salad, and I…

Old Fashioned Applesauce

This time-saving technique needs no update, it is already perfect! When we lived in the cabin in the woods in the mountains, the edge of the property carried a small stand of extremely old apple trees. More dead wood than live, and shrunken in stature, the trees had seen more glorious days. However, every few…

Peach Cobbler for a Summer Gathering

What do you bring to the Labor Day Picnic? Well, Northern Peaches are in season! Our local peaches are beautiful and abundant, and it is time for a special dessert. This dish makes plenty to share at a picnic or potluck. It’s best to use a mix of sweet ripe fruit, and a few that…

Peaches with Ginger Rum Sauce

It’s Peach Season and we simply can’t get enough!             I stop at the farm stand and smell the peaches the second I walk through the door! For months, we have all been waiting for this. I buy a big greedy bagful, and am tempted to try to eat one…

Berries: The Jewels of Summer!

Enjoy the treasures while they last, then make them last all year – without standing over a hot wood stove for hours! There is a perfect moment in Vermont when the strawberries, blueberries, cherries, and raspberries are all singing together at the same time; only a moment it is, and only if we are lucky. These…

Cherries. Yes.

Sweet or sour, fresh local cherries, these jewels of summer, are ready to enchant. Clafoutis? Scones? How about brandied cherries for gifts?

Spring Marriage: Strawberry And Rhubarb

A little tart, a little sweet! My mother loved rhubarb, not as a foil to sweet, but straight up in its own right. Her favorite way to eat it was to pick it, add some salt, and eat it raw! I never thought this was right, but one day I actually tried it and it…