Brown Rice, Lentil, and Kale Soup

October 23, 2014
IMG_0016This soup plays all the right notes for me. It's healthy, hearty, colorful. It's beautifully perfumed. And if you think it tastes great on day one, well, it's even better on days two and three! Read more »

Halloween Tablescape Ideas

October 21, 2014
IMG_9878One nice thing about living in an old, scary-looking house is that you don't have to decorate much for Halloween. Still, I try to dress up the dining room, since this is where the appetizers are served during our annual Masquerade Ball. Would you like to see how I give the buffet table a ghoulish appearance? Read more »

Creamy Dreamy Mini Quiches (GF)

October 15, 2014
IMG_9645I made these crust-less miniature quiches for supper last Sunday, and everybody loved them. They are creamy-dreamy-wonderful! They are also easy to make. The only special equipment you need is a muffin tin. Read more »

Forcing Hardy Bulbs

October 13, 2014
IMG_7813Why do I bother to pot hardy "Dutch" bulbs in October? Well, because they introduce spring to my home when the outside world is covered in snow. They provide terrific decoration, too. A bowl of blue Muscari (above) makes a stunning centerpiece for a February dinner party. And finally, because bulb-forcing is fun, fun, fun! Read more »

Why I Save My Autumn Leaves

October 11, 2014
IMG_9303 - CopyThanks to the ancient maples, oaks, and other deciduous trees that live on my property, the lawn is now littered with a gazillion leaves. I don't bag and discard these castings of vermillion and gold. Instead, I turn them into the best soil amendment on earth: Leaf mold! Read more »

Cranberry Crackle Tart

October 7, 2014
IMG_9296I love the components of this unusual French tart. I love the cloud of sweet meringue that caresses my lips. I love the ruby cranberries that burst beneath my teeth. I love the tender crunch of the pastry base. Ready for a new taste-sensation? Let's make this Cranberry Crackle Tart! Read more »

Woodchuck Woes

October 4, 2014
IMG_8984Who's been nibbling the parsley in my herb garden? Meet Woody the Woodchuck! How this critter entered the fenced-in plot, and the steps I'm taking to thwart his wicked ways: Read more »