My September House & Garden Chores

September 1, 2014
IMG_0137WHEN I WASN'T LOOKING, autumn slipped through my garden gate. It is early this year. Already the lawn is littered with amber leaves, and the 'Heavenly Blue' morning glory blossoms are remaining open well into the afternoon. I will have to accomplish some of my October chores --like polishing the 57 windows in this ancient house -- in September: Read more »

Puff Pastry Pesto Pizza

August 27, 2014
IMG_7681OH, BABY. I hope you're hungry, because I've just pulled this sexy, seasonal "pizza" from the oven. The (store-bought) puff pastry crust is layered with fragrant pesto, rounds of red tomato, black olives and Parmesan cheese. It's chic enough for formal dining. It's screamingly-delicious. And it's really easy to make! Read more »

Creating A “Baking Center”

August 25, 2014
IMG_7582DEEP-CLEANING THE KITCHEN is my late-summer, "back-to-school" ritual. I empty every cabinet and drawer, and then ruthlessly toss the things I don't want, need, use, or have room for. Here, for instance, is how I recently cleaned an unkempt cabinet, and turned it into a well-organized "Baking Center": Read more »

Spiced Plum Cake

August 20, 2014
Spiced Plum Cake from Kevin Lee JacobsIN LATE SUMMER, nothing makes my spirit soar like this Spiced Plum Cake. It's sweet but not too sweet. It's loaded with fiber. And it's really easy to make! Read more »

Roasted Cabbage Rounds

August 18, 2014
IMG_7255Even cabbage haters will love these naturally sweet, roasted cabbage rounds. Serve them as a side dish, or as a no-carb, gluten-free substitute for bread. My sinfully-simple recipe: Read more »

Peach Streusel Pie

August 15, 2014
IMG_7043YUM. Yesterday I sliced up some locally-grown peaches, and piled them onto a French pastry crust. Then, instead of using a top crust, I simply sprinkled the ruby-skinned fruit with sweet, buttery streusel. The result? Peach pie perfection, baby. Read more »

Flower-Arranging: Lilies and Roses

August 11, 2014
IMG_6795IF YOU VISIT ME JUST NOW, you'll find an invigorating flower arrangement on the small table near my staircase. Anne Schomaker, a dear friend who is also a floral-designer, made this scented still-life by combining greens from her garden with choice stems from the florist. You can design a similar arrangement for your own home: Read more »