Apple & Honey Sponge Cake with Crumb Topping

Apple & Honey Sponge Cake with Crumb Topping

Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year. For a sweet New Year we eat apples and dip them in honey. This recipe is inspired by that tradition.  I made individual sponge-crumb cakes because they are fun for a big dinner and there’s no slicing required, which means less mess and fewer cake bits consumed by the […]

Ribs (cooked slow and low) & the Only BBQ Sauce You Need

Ribs (cooked slow and low) & the Only BBQ Sauce You Need

Don’t let summer go just yet. Or, if you have to, remind yourself that the taste of it can be had quite easily. If I’m making this on a school day…I wrap the ribs the night before and make the sauce*(and I make a lot because it keeps and works on tofu, shrimp, chicken)… As […]

10-Minute Escarole, White Bean, and Parmesan Soup & (Not) The Smartest Phone

10-Minute Escarole, White Bean, and Parmesan Soup & (Not) The Smartest Phone

I don’t talk on the phone while driving (nor do I text, but that should be a given, right?). However, I find the hands-free option that comes with my cheap phone very useful while my fingers are caked with cream and espresso from the tiramisu I made this weekend (recipe to come!).  My phone is […]

Green Bean Salad with Capers and Red Onion & What I Want for My 40th Birthday

Green Bean Salad with Capers and Red Onion & What I Want for My 40th Birthday

My almost-11-year-old is compiling a wish list for his birthday. He wants a drum set (this would help but not eliminate his drumming on any and every available surface with hands, chopsticks, shoes, etc). He’d like more Big Nate books.  Desires a computer only on which to write stories (no internet, no games). He’d like […]

Italian Apple Tart with Salted Caramel Sauce & The Circle

Italian Apple Tart with Salted Caramel Sauce & The Circle

The Youngest: When will I be a baby again? Me: You won’t.  You only get to be each age once. Him: Right.  Unless you be a circle. Then you just keep coming back. L’chaim!

Honey Cake & Things You Don’t Want to Fall out of Your Pants

Honey Cake & Things You Don’t Want to Fall out of Your Pants

I’m not a shopper.  I’m the kind of person who runs into a store as though under time clock pressure, grabs the item in question, tries on twelv pairs, likes one, buys it, and leaves. And yet when it came time to try on jeans, I still found myself pondering… -When did we all decide […]

Best Noodle Pudding (Kugel) & Welcome Back (Rosh Hashana, School, Fall)

Best Noodle Pudding (Kugel) & Welcome Back (Rosh Hashana, School, Fall)

Were we on a break? I didn’t intend for us to part. And yet…summer passed with nary a recipe.  Why? Because I was too busy listening to the just-turned-5-year-old breathlessly tell me he has a new pet. “What is it?” “A worm.” He is young enough that he still pronounces it “warhm”.  “Quick – come […]

Garlic Scape and Bok Choy Tart with Whole Wheat Summer Savory Crust & Crappy Dates

Garlic Scape and Bok Choy Tart with Whole Wheat Summer Savory Crust & Crappy Dates

When we have a date – that is, a night out without one kid doing a funny though inappropriate rap and another handing me half-eaten ravioli, one asking what socialism means and the other if I’d eat a unicorn if it were on the menu – I like to imagine my husband and I are […]

Sorrel Labne (Lemony Yogurt Dip) & Breaking Up

Sorrel Labne (Lemony Yogurt Dip) & Breaking Up

From the 5-year-old a few night ago: Him: [In bed, blushing] I have an idea! Me: [in doorway] Oh, yeah? Him: Come here. I go and sit next to him and he wraps his arms around me, using his super-human strength (really, he is oddly strong) to pull my ear to his lips. Him: [whispering] […]

Sriracha & Garlic Hummus & My New Farm Share

Sriracha & Garlic Hummus & My New Farm Share

Inspiration comes in all shapes, sizes, songs, and ways. Even misery.  My writer friend, B, has been moaning about publishing and how difficult it is to keep writing without commercial success, or even wondering what success means personally. Do I have the answers? No, I do not. But…I do have Sriracha.  And B loves this […]

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake & How Recipes Work on This Site

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake & How Recipes Work on This Site

Perhaps you’ve wondered about the timing of recipes, how I get the photographs, if I plan everything out.  Perhaps not. But if you’re wondering why this photograph showcases 1/2 of a Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake I can tell you it is because we ate the other half. Last night. For dinner.* So that’s all […]

Peach Scones (with or without Roasted Ginger) & BF Skinner & Books

Peach Scones (with or without Roasted Ginger) & BF Skinner & Books

I had two buns in the oven – no, no, NOT another human baby.  Book babies. I have a novel for adults that I’ve just edited and a novel for teenagers (which I suspect will cross over to the grown up side, too). Finishing a book is always an odd sensation – relief, happiness, and […]

Tomato-Onion Soup with Fresh Parmesan & Happy Days

Tomato-Onion Soup with Fresh Parmesan & Happy Days

Dear Scott Baio, Thanks for appearing in my dream last night! The party was really fun, even though the staircase had weird turquoise and brown carpet and there were chickens inside your house and there was no soup in my mug.  I’m sorry to say that you are 30 years too late in your proposal. […]

Italian White Bean Spread & Birds

Italian White Bean Spread & Birds

The big news around our house is that Will turned 5 last week and, perhaps to celebrate, two chickadees have finally moved into the bird house will built and painted a couple of years ago.  He painted it again last spring feeling as many house-sellers do that a fresh coat might clinch the sale.  But […]

Creamy Carrot Soup & Play These Games (Mother’s Day Gift)

Creamy Carrot Soup & Play These Games (Mother’s Day Gift)

If I were to make a list of life’s necessities for my kids, my friend, Heather, would be in the top five.  Well, not Heather, exactly – I mean, she takes great care of herself but she won’t be around forever – but someone like her.  Someone in their lives they can call just to […]

Chicken and Vegetable Pot Pie with Buttermilk Biscuits & Random Bedtime Routines

Chicken and Vegetable Pot Pie with Buttermilk Biscuits & Random Bedtime Routines

This is a typical bedtime scene: Julia (age 7 3/4): Can I have a song? Me: Which one? J: Met my old lover in the grocery store. [my husband is apparently working his way through the entire 1970s singer-songwriter genre, a guilty pleasure of mine while driving, so I knew she meant Same Old Lang […]