Fabulous Almond Butter Cookies (GF)

December 20, 2014
IMG_3134 - CopyI made these cookies the other day, and thought they were fabulous in every way: tender-crisp, beautifully-perfumed, and only subtly-sweet. They are also gluten-free, and a cinch to make! Read more »

Make Your Own Almond Butter

December 19, 2014
IMG_3084Organic almond butter is orgasmically-delicious. It's the key component in my favorite pasta dish, as well as some magnificent gluten-free cookies. You can buy the butter at better supermarkets, or produce it right in your own kitchen. I make it this way: Read more »

Blue Mixer Giveaway!

December 17, 2014
blue mixer giveawayThis week, to thank you for reading my cooking, housekeeping and gardening articles, I'm giving away a pretty blue mixer! Read more »

Christmas: How to Decorate A Mantel

December 15, 2014
IMG_2953WHAT'S MY FAVORITE DECEMBER CHORE? Decorating the fireplaces in this 19th century house. For a Victorian look, I deck the mantels with evergreen boughs and lots of fresh, colorful fruit. The procedure, which could also work for a dining table or a bookcase, goes something like this: Read more »

A Walk in the Snow

December 13, 2014
IMG_2724My property is a sea of white once again, thanks to the nor'easter that roared through New York's Hudson Valley on Wednesday. Feel like romping through the snow? Then by all means join me on this brrrr-isk and brrr-ief garden tour: Read more »

Lemon and Rose Madeleines

December 10, 2014
IMG_2675Apparently I'm on a French dessert kick. Last week, I deep-fried a batch of lovely Merveilles. And yesterday, I made a dozen Madeleines. Who wants to taste these adorable shell-shaped cakes? Read more »

Ten Make-and-Bake Holiday Gifts!

December 9, 2014
IMG_4101 - Copy - CopyWhat do I want for Christmas? Well, I want world peace, of course. I also want civil rights for all. And then...I'd like something delicious to eat! Here are ten baked goods that make fine holiday gifts for grown-ups: Read more »