It’s cake o’clock somewhere
Jan23

It’s cake o’clock somewhere

This single-layer round cake adapted from bon appétit is the perfect centerpiece for birthdays, dinner parties, or any occasion worth celebrating, and the absolute best vanilla cake I can whip up! CAKE ⅔ cup vegetable oil, plus more for the pan 1¾ cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting 1 cup granulated sugar 1¾ tsp. kosher salt 1½ tsp. baking powder ½ tsp. baking soda 2 large eggs ¾ cup sour cream 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice 1...

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open me
Dec15

open me

The old box said, “stored December 10, 1995, at 4:30 pm” “open me someday” so 27 years later, on December 10 at 4:30, I did just that. Most objects in the box were ordinary things like candlesticks, salt and pepper shakers, sugar and creamers, and ashtrays. There were a few long-forgotten surprises, like the fourleaf clover in the chicken box and the teeth, but before I sent them off to a thrift store, I...

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Barbara’s ginkgo tree 2022 update
Nov15

Barbara’s ginkgo tree 2022 update

UPDATE I have been following Barbara”s tree (and others) for years, and this year most leaves fell on November 12, but for the first time, they did not fall all at once, and there are still some leaves clinging on. At exactly 9:32 am on Saturday, November 11, 2017, every leaf fell off Barbara’s ginkgo tree. This came as no surprise, although a little late. Most years, it’s the 4th or 5th of November. This tree knows...

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Stack them up
Oct18

Stack them up

Give one as a gift, or better yet, make two for you, one for now and one for the freezer. Think of this as one big flat biscotti with a similar flavor, but the dough is pressed into a single flat sheet that can then be broken into pieces. Cornmeal-lemon sheet cookie serves 4 3/4 cup all-purpose flour 3/4 cup fine ground yellow cornmeal 1 t anise seeds 1/4 t baking powder 1/4 t sea salt 3 T unsalted butter 1/2 cup sugar + 1 to 2 T for...

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Creamy Kale, Sausage, & Sun Dried Tomatoes Penne
Oct13

Creamy Kale, Sausage, & Sun Dried Tomatoes Penne

It’s mid-October and getting colder and it is raining, and when it’s like this I love to look at all the interesting colors outside and cook a dinner that’s warming on the inside. This recipe seems made for this weather, really pretty to look at and is so easy every time I make it it turns out exactly the same, delicious. Creamy Kale, Sausage, & Sun Dried Tomatoes Penne Serves 5 or 6 1 pound penne pasta – cooked and...

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Pumpkin Cake with Honey Frosting
Oct02

Pumpkin Cake with Honey Frosting

Pumpkin Cake with Honey Frosting This recipe is adapted from the kitchens of Martha Stewart. I have been making it every fall for at least ten years, it’s an easy recipe that always makes a moist, delicious spice infused cake, with a surprising honey icing finish. Cake One stick unsalted butter- melted 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 2 T baking soda 1/2 t salt 1 1/2 t cinnamon 3/4 t ginger 1/2 t nutmeg 1/8 t allspice 1/8 t ground cloves...

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