A Wine Book Like No Other

September 19, 2014
Richard Betts wine bookI have great respect for Richard Betts'The Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide To Becoming A Wine Expert. It's a child's board book about a grown up topic. It's definitely educational. It's also fun to read! In just 20 illustrated pages, Betts -- who is one of fewer than 200 master sommeliers in the world -- teaches us how to sniff our way through the wonderful world of wine. Read more »

Pumpkin-Spiced Cinnamon Rolls

September 16, 2014
IMG_8395On a crisp autumn morning, nothing tickles my taste buds like these Pumpkin-Spiced Cinnamon Rolls. Pumpkin puree gives them a light, fluffy texture. And what a splendid scent! As the rolls bake, the warming perfumes of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg fill the kitchen. Are you swooning yet? Here's the step-by-step recipe: Read more »

Kale Pesto – My Way

September 12, 2014
IMG_8207GOT KALE? Make my garlicky, lemony, kale pesto! It's delicious on...everything. Serve it with crackers at your next cocktail party, or as a gorgeous topping for grilled chicken or baked salmon. Or, do what I did yesterday, and stir it into steaming strands of angel hair pasta. Yum, yum, yum. The easy recipe: Read more »

Turnip Fritters

September 9, 2014
IMG_8073BELIEVE IT OR NOT, these Turnip Fritters are frickin' fantastic -- bronze and crisp on the outside, tender and creamy on the inside. Serve them with ketchup for an after-school snack, or use them, as I do, as a superior substitute for a hamburger patty. They are fun to make: Read more »

Food Processor Giveaway/Winner Announced

September 7, 2014
IMG_7879And the winner is...Susan M., comment #135. Congrats, Susan! To collect your prize, just send me a note. Read more »

Easy Crème Brûlée (GF)

September 4, 2014
IMG_7934I love crème brûlée. I love making it. I love eating it. I love tapping my spoon against the glass ceiling of burnt sugar, and breaking into the voluptuous, vanilla-scented custard below. Are you drooling yet? Here's the easy recipe: Read more »

My September House & Garden Chores

September 2, 2014
IMG_0137SEPTEMBER is my "get ready for winter" month. It's time to divide and reset certain perennials, to order and plant bulbs, and to acclimate vacationing houseplants for their return to indoor life. Feeling energetic? Good. Because one of us can sip a martini...while one of us goes to work! Read more »