Sausage Rolls

Regiments of Sausage Rolls, ready for the oven ♦ ♦ ♦ I don’t like surprises. I do like apple pies. My husband is an avowed, unrepentant, sour-face-making apple-hater, so, to avoid the calorie intake involved in eating an entire apple pie by myself, I satisfy my apple pie craving with a weekly purchase of the single-serving version…

Turkey Day Prep

This book is a great guide, especially if you read it before Thanksgiving. ♦ ♦ ♦ Some thoughts on Thanksgiving before I head to the grocery store with my massive shopping list two days before the U.S. Kitchen Olympics, along with all the other hordes of cooks who should’ve planned better. Do as I say, not as…

Roast Beef Wraps & Turkey with Cranberries on Pumpernickel

I was hanging a big clock in the dining room today, so naturally I abandoned all my tools and got engrossed in reading cookbooks instead. I thought I’d cull a few to make room for new acquisitions. Since my children are now old enough to pay rent and regret tattoos, I thought it might be…

Roasted Turkey Legs with Sage Salt

First born got a haircut recently. So did Kita. Some of my herbs got sheared, too. The pile of sage leaves went into an herb/salt blend to flavor roasted turkey legs. It’s a recipe I made at the request of my daughter, from a paleo lifestyle cookbook she bought in support of her interest in…

Orange-Chocolate Mini-Chip Cake

I like to give a cake plate with a glass dome as a wedding present. Simultaneously useful and beautiful, a cake plate and dome promises good times ahead and a lifetime of celebrations to share. And it keeps your cake fresh and the flies off. What could be better? At the check-out counter of a…

Evolution of a Fresh Coconut Cake

There’s no recipe here today, just a record of the process and a public declaration: I’ll never grate a fresh coconut again. The first ingredient listed in the recipe for Fresh Coconut Cake from The Fannie Farmer Baking Book is (ta dah!) one coconut. Author Marion Cunningham instructs the cook to access the meat of…

Hot Cross Buns

Today is Good Friday. One of the holiest days of the Christian calendar, Good Friday is a day of quiet contemplation, commemorating the crucifixion of Christ. But this somber day has a bright spot (and I’m not just talking about the imminent end of Lent and a return of chocolate to my daily diet). Hot…

Shortbread Linzer Cookies and Stars

Gather ye butter, sugar, and flour. I’m making Christmas cookies today. The base of this recipe can morph into lots of different treats. It is the Transformer of baked goods. I first made it as shortbread hearts  for Valentine’s Day from a recipe in  The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook, by Ina Garten. In the recipe headnotes,…

Ring of Coconut Fudge Cake

Someone special had a birthday recently. Like every year, I asked him what kind of cake he’d like. Every year, he says he wants this one. This year, to my surprise, the onery cuss he said make anything chocolate, not specifying this cake. So of course I made this cake, like every year. Because it’s that…

Moontowers and Frozen Margaritas

Maybe you’re thinking now would be a good time to read about Christmas cookies. I’ll get to that another day. However, a nice frozen margarita is a year-round necessity. Consider this post a public service announcement. ♦ ♦ ♦ AUSTIN, TEXAS. I wanted to know what a moontower looked like. First born wanted to taste a freshly-made…