Double Apricot Tart (wheat-free, nut-free, gluten-free) & Friendship

Double Apricot Tart (wheat-free, nut-free, gluten-free) & Friendship

Posted on May 24, 2011 in all, desserts & drinks, vegetarian / vegan | 2 comments

By now maybe you know that my family had a rough year [known as The Year of the Shit].  I (still) won’t go into too many details but will share that TYOTS involved death, despair, and something really really bad happening to one of my kids. I had a hard time reaching out.  Like many […]

Restocking Emma’s Pantry

Restocking Emma’s Pantry

Posted on May 23, 2011 in all, jams & syrups | 2 comments

After the big bash last week (and a sad, funeral-filled weekend), I am busy restocking…happy to be back in the kitchen & creating.  Fresh spicy pickles, garlic-dills, sour slices.  Pumpkin butter, apricot, triple plum jam. And the ever-popular Ginger Green Tea Syrup – perfect for ice cream, yogurt, or…a delicious addition to vodka tonic. Order […]

Butter Bean Hummus & Helping Hands

Butter Bean Hummus & Helping Hands

This is my 4-year-old doing all of the cooking by himself.  If his hands look rather large it is because a) I’m not a very good photographer and b) he is a giant child.  People constantly ask what grade he is in.  Soon they’ll want to know what hedge fund he manages [I will respond […]

Death & Jam

Death & Jam

Posted on May 20, 2011 in all, jams & syrups |

Of course, jam can be a happy food.  Homemade organic raspberry on thick whole wheat with the butter of your choice – soy, almond, peanut, or just plain salted butter.  Or just plain. When my best friend miscarried I could see her sinking.  The loss of that pregnancy, the loss of possibility, of what might […]

Strawberry-Vanilla Angel Food Cake (nut-free)

Strawberry-Vanilla Angel Food Cake (nut-free)

Posted on May 20, 2011 in all, desserts & drinks, nut-free / gluten-free |

Fine – you didn’t want the blueberry one?  Have this instead…

Blueberry Angel food Cake

Blueberry Angel food Cake

Posted on May 19, 2011 in all, desserts & drinks, nut-free / gluten-free |

Who wants blueberry angel food cake for dessert?

Anytime Granola Spoons

Anytime Granola Spoons

Posted on May 19, 2011 in all, breakfast & brunch |

Thanks to all for a successful Emma’s Pantry launch last night! Anytime Granola is available for purchase in various sizes…spoons not included!

Nut-free Jam Tart & Emma’s Pantry Launch

Nut-free Jam Tart & Emma’s Pantry Launch

Tonight is Prosecco & Preserves, the launch party for Emma’s Pantry. And to celebrate, I’m eating Nut Free Jam Tart and exploiting my collection of antique canning jars. Stop by or order yours today (the jams and granola…the jars are mine). Anytime Granola is addictive and healthy AND nut-free!

And now I’m on Twitter

And now I’m on Twitter

Posted on May 17, 2011 in all |

Haiku for Twitter I make nut-free food Anytime Granola Tweet I feel old oh well

Countdown to Jamfest ’11! [aka memories of ’87]

Countdown to Jamfest ’11! [aka memories of ’87]

Posted on May 16, 2011 in all, jams & syrups, soups & starters |

Say it’s 1987 and you have tickets for Reggaefest at the outdoor concert space formerly known as Great Woods.  Oh, Great Woods!  You sounded so earthy, so forested and grassy.  Say you have nice parents who have a honker of an old Jeep.  Say you’re a freshman in high school and have lots of friends […]

The Splendid Table on NPR, My Son Hates Peas

The Splendid Table on NPR, My Son Hates Peas

Posted on May 15, 2011 in all, sides |

As the Smiths sang, Peas, Peas, Peas, let me get what I want… lf you want, can listen to me read my essay, The Five Stages of Grief, on NPR’s The Splendid Table. Actually, please do. Then comment on one of the letters I received after the show aired, as well as my response.*  Like […]

Train Cake, file under messy baking

Train Cake, file under messy baking

Posted on May 11, 2011 in all, cooking with kids, desserts & drinks | 3 comments

Three blind cakes.  See how they wait.  See the swans the ugly ducklings turned into…listen as I mix my metaphors and nursery rhymes.  But let’s face it – those old rhymes are creepy.  Clearly, the farm is rodent-infested (and the rodents are blind – suspect farm is not organic).  And the cupboard is bare and […]

Vegetable Lo Mein with Apricot-Sesame Glaze

Vegetable Lo Mein with Apricot-Sesame Glaze

Posted on May 10, 2011 in all, family favorites, main courses | one comment

When my grandmother turned 95 a couple of years ago I asked her if she felt her age.  She paused and said, “No, more like 93.” This winter I felt as though I had crawled into an ancient body, an old mind, and a withered spirit.  I don’t mean ancient as in wise, I mean […]

Cowboy Cookies, file under huge

Cowboy Cookies, file under huge

Posted on May 9, 2011 in all, desserts & drinks | 3 comments

So which image appeals more to you?  My husband likes cookies (I really might not have been able to marry him if he didn’t), but loves them if chased with a glass of cold milk.  Me, I don’t need the liquid.  But I have my cookie preferences.  In general, I’m a corner/edge person.  If you […]

The Mother Sauces (Red Wine Poached Pears & Creme Anglaise)

The Mother Sauces (Red Wine Poached Pears & Creme Anglaise)

Posted on May 7, 2011 in all, desserts & drinks | 4 comments

I have a meat cleaver aimed directly at my mother.  She and I lock eyes.  Despite my mother’s attempts at fixing my hair (“You’re not wearing it like that, are you?”) and her inability to let me decorate my house without input (“You’re keeping the wood trim?  Susie’s Macomber’s daughter has a Victorian house and […]

Yoga for Bitches & Coconut Mushrooms with Asparagus

Yoga for Bitches & Coconut Mushrooms with Asparagus

Posted on May 5, 2011 in all, sides, vegetarian / vegan | one comment

Everyone talks about yoga the way they talk about sex when they finally get good at it or the way a few friends from [insert high school, college, grad school, work, summer] talk about [insert pot, shrooms, Levain chocolate chip cookies, God, Clapton, David Foster Wallace, Princeton].  I tried yoga about a decade ago (and […]