After the Feast

Thanksgiving is over, and it was good. We started the morning with Pumpkin Scones, served with a little cinnamon butter on the side. These were tender and delicious, and I’ll make them again. (Note for next time: try freezing the unbaked wedges overnight, and adjust the baking time accordingly. Might hold their shape a little…

Baked Beans (the Musical Fruit)

My violin teacher had one thumb and an open mind; a rich, baritone voice, and a job driving a truck between music lessons. A veteran of public school classrooms, he was willing to take a chance on me, a 42-year-old music novice with a fan-girl’s reverence for the instrument known as the closest thing to…

Pancetta Mashed Potatoes

This is my friend J. He’s out of his comfort zone here, wearing an apron in a cooking class and brandishing a ricer. The kitchen is not his natural habitat, and yet here he’s making a dish of creamy potatoes flavored with mascarpone cheese and butter that will be the best-tasting thing produced from a…

Baked Apples

Food doesn’t get much more straight-forward than this, and autumn is the perfect time for it. Let me introduce you to Baked Apples, something I consider a treat but which makes my husband, an apple-hater of some┬árenown,┬árecoil. Pay him no mind. These are delicious. No bonnet, pinafore, or gingham apron is necessary to make these…

Two-Rice Pilaf with Grapes

This night’s dinner was a variation on a theme of green and white. The menu: Cornish game hens roasted with herb butter under the skin Wild and white rice pilaf with green grapes and fresh rosemary Roasted cauliflower Spinach and feta cheese rolls from a great local bakery I love green. The game hens and…

This is not a pickle recipe.

This is about macaroni and cheese. Eventually. I’m remembering a hot day in early September. Dinner was take-out from a barbecue place. I had made refrigerator pickles for the first time recently, so I got out a jar and placed it in the middle of the table. Pickles go with lots of different foods, not…