Strawberry Pie

This recipe is for me, or rather, for my future self in April or May of every next year until I am planted. Mid-spring is when strawberries in Arkansas fulfill their finest destiny as luscious, flavorful fruit, scarlet to the core. I see no reason to eat strawberries any other time of year, or procure…

Coconut Cream Pie

Hello, it’s me. I was wondering if after all these months you’d like… …a recipe?* Spring evening with my husband and dear friends. Narcissus blooming tall in the big clay pots. A space station sighting.** Coconut Cream Pie. Pretty perfect. Coconut Cream Pie (This recipe is a mash-up of the best ideas from several sources,…

Meyer Lemon Curd

The petite woman knocking gently on the door of ER bay 17 last Wednesday opened it slightly and poked her head through. “May I come in?” she said softly. Everyone else had rapped loudly and bustled in and out. I nodded and moved to make room for her near the gurney where my father lay….

(Not a) Piece of Cake

Have I mentioned that I’m making a small wedding cake on Saturday? For First born’s wedding to her pilot? I’ve never made one before. Thought I’d bake a test run last night, to work out some of the kinks. It’s just (gluten-free) chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream frosting, which I’ve made a jillion times. How…

Classic Apple Pie

I made pie for me, just me, last Thursday. It was delicious. I ate almost the whole thing, and I am not sorry. Filling made with 1 1/2 pounds Granny Smith apples and 2 pounds Golden Delicious apples, prepared according to the recipe in The America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook, by the editors at America’s…

Snapshot(s): Halloween 2015

Last night’s Halloween was one for the record books. Five hundred ninety-six trick-or-treaters came calling, descending upon our neighborhood in hordes of super heroes, princesses, and pirates. We had just enough candy to go around. After days of endless rain, the weather turned autumnally perfect — crisp and cool, stars speckling the damp night sky…

Grilled Pineapple Upside Down Cake

I would have missed out on a great cake had I junked this month’s mailer from my electric co-op along with the Blair catalogs and offers from Mutual of Omaha. There’s little in the communiqué on rural electrical matters that interests me, but I’m a sucker for a page of recipes, so I always read…

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Cheesecake might’ve been a more appropriate, if ironic, choice for dessert to enjoy while watching the Miss America pageant on TV last week. Instead, people at my house had warm and delicious flourless chocolate cake. I would have made enough for everyone, contestants included, if that were possible. Those women looked like they hadn’t had…

Food Bribes

One bag contains pasta salad, some broccoli cole slaw, & 2 chicken cutlets. The other bag contains beef tracheas, salmon skin bones, 3 tripe twists, a beef snout, & kangaroo jerky. Guess which bag got their attention? I was standing in the check-out line at a pet store yesterday, holding a case of canned dog…

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

Last born had a birthday on Sunday. After warm spinach-artichoke dip and zingy cucumber dip; after frozen strawberry margaritas whose fruit factor was boosted with homemade strawberry jam; after burgers and hot dogs sizzling from the grill,  sweet and bacony baked beans, and potato-egg salad with fronds of fresh dill (that I should have chopped…