Bubble and Squeak with Mushroom Gravy

March 3, 2015
148I made Bubble and Squeak the other day, and it comforted my soul. It comforted Brenda Johnson's soul, too, because I made up a plate for her. Here's my version of this British pub-dish, along with the answer to your burning question: "What the heck is Bubble and Squeak?" Read more »

Garden Chores for March, 2015

February 27, 2015
IMG_2683What do I do for my garden in March? Well, if the ground is frozen and covered with a foot of snow, I simply mix up a double martini and wait for better weather. Otherwise, I get down and dirty with the following chores: Read more »

Petit Fours with White Chocolate Glaze

February 24, 2015
182Why do I make lots of 19th-century desserts? Because the ghosts who inhabit my house demand them. Today, for instance, Sarah Wild (1793-1872) requested little cakes, or Petit Fours, for Afternoon Tea. How could I refuse? Read more »

Cottage Cheese Pancakes (Low-Carb!)

February 22, 2015
093How can I eat cottage cheese pancakes and still maintain, at the age of 107, an Adonis-like figure? I'm so glad you asked! Let me share a few secrets with you: Read more »

Pretzel Rolls!

February 17, 2015
095There's nothing I don't love about pretzel rolls. I love their bronzed, sexy outsides, and their deliciously-chewy interiors. You can't beat 'em for hamburger buns. And get this -- the rolls are really easy to make! Read more »

Perennials and Hardy Annuals I’ve Successfully Winter-Sowed

February 15, 2015
IMG_9473Happy day-after-Valentine's Day, everyone! The Hudson Valley looks and feels like Narnia right now, with snow, blowing snow, and wind-chill temperatures in the dangerous digits (-10°F to -20°F). Can you blame me for wanting to write about...flowers? Read more »

Purple Mixer Giveaway/The Winner

February 11, 2015
purple mixer giveawaywb2This morning, the little number gadget at Random.org selected comment #625 as the winner of the purple mixer. Congratulations, Amy L.! To collect your prize, just send me a note. Read more »