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,…

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My daughters and I went on a wedding dress safari in Chicago last week, and UPS is delivering the lacy trophy in the next few days. The process couldn’t have been more pleasant at BHLDN‘s shop on East Walton Street. Last born and I settled on a velvet settee in a large fitting room, sipping…

Chicken with White Beans and Tomatoes

My favorite kind of Saturday night is spent at home sharing a good meal and a good movie with my husband. That good meal last night was this, a recipe published by Real Simple magazine and available by clicking here. Please, go now and print it on paper, then tuck it into the fire-proof box…

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Fresh herbs growing right outside my back door. ‘Tis the season! Photo on the left was taken immediately after planting three weeks ago. Photo on the right was taken yesterday. Pot of mint added last week. ♦ ♦ ♦ Having an electrician friend willing to come to my house and correct that one, tiny electrical wiring mistake…

Pizza Sauce

Writing a Cookbook Wall post begins with either a random thought or a delicious flavor. Usually, the process is driven by a recipe which I decide is too good to keep to myself and must be recorded. It’s blog-worthy, and my daughters might want to make it someday. Sometimes I have a thought that isn’t…

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…