(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…

Thanksgiving 2015

  I’m in that sweet spot of holiday mayhem: done with the cooking, happy with the memories made, and giving the evil eye to the odd ceramic dish or two that still must be handwashed. The leftovers got tossed today. I’d make everything again, except with less rum in the pumpkin pie and more cayenne…

Baked Eggs II

“These dogs have it made,” my husband declared, surveying three shaggy mounds reclining under and around our breakfast table. They could say the same about you, I replied, as I put a prosciutto-lined ramekin of eggs baked with cream on the placemat in front of him. One for B, and one for me. Freshly cut…

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…

Oops.

If you received an e-mail this evening containing what looked like a half-finished Cookbook Wall blog post, that’s because it WAS a half-finished Cookbook Wall blog post. I accidentally pressed “publish” before the thing was ready. I often pull cornbread from the oven before it’s completely baked, too. Please see the website for a much more…

86 This

You want to know what I think? Here’s what I think. The world does not need a Thanksgiving cracker. Crackers are for Christmas, which is why they’re called Christmas crackers. They should be decorated with images of Santa or toy soldiers or holly sprigs and pine cones. A cracker festooned with a turkey is so…

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…

Whistling past the graveyard.

All that talk on the news yesterday about how eating beef and processed meats is bad for us made me hungry for a steak. My husband makes the best, grilled over charcoal, which happens to be the method most reviled in the report released by an adjunct of the World Health Organization. In deference to…

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…

Snapshot: Alice Signed My Cookbooks, 33 Years Apart

I bought a cookbook last month for the author’s signature inside.  My Pantry, by Alice Waters, arrived yesterday in a box on my doorstep. Food52.com offered the signed copies through their online shop, so there were several degrees of separation between me and Alice in this transaction. That was not the case the first time…

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…