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,…

(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…

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…

Mincemeat Cookies

Maybe you, too, didn’t get around to making those mincemeat tarts at Christmas time. Maybe that jar of mincemeat sits on your pantry shelf, reminding you of its goodness every time you reach past it for a can of soup or a box of crackers. Maybe the craving for that resinous, spicy, fruity flavor gets…

Cheesecake with a walnut crust

August 20, 1964 – Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho Today is the 50th anniversary of my third birthday. Birthday cakes are the subject of intense consideration in my family, always homemade unless the cook has a doctor’s note, and always of a type and flavor chosen by the guest of honor. I wear two…

Fudgy Brownies

No pan of brownies is safe. No 9×13-inch cake can escape. No baked good with a side will survive this fiend’s preference for dessert from the center of the pan. She rips the heart out of them all without remorse, because she doesn’t like crispy edges. This menace has a name, but I call her…

Blueberry Pie

The blueberries I bought for this pie on Friday were luscious. We’re at the height of blueberry season in Arkansas now, and these beauties came with stems and leaves as evidence of their truck farm origins. Sourced by a local produce stand, they were bursting with so much flavor that I might as well have…

Lime Cheesecake Bars

Hello, Reader. Please excuse my absence. I’ve been in Paradise. ♦ ♦ ♦ Now I’m back, welcomed home with flowers and hummus and happy dogs. Life is good. Viscount David Linley, grandson of a king and son of a princess, was asked once why he chose to make his vacation home on property in the middle of…

Crunchy Peanut Bars

If you have a cat, maybe you keep a little disposable cup on the side of the bathroom sink, so that your cat can get a fresh drink while you brush your teeth. And maybe at some point you’ve confused your cup with his and accidentally taken your morning blood pressure meds with a swig…