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 »

Castle Cake Pan Giveaway: Winner Announced

December 3, 2014
IMG_1564Thanks for playing, everyone! The winner, as selected by Random.org, is comment #61 from Sheryl. Sheryl -- please contact me at this address to collect your castle cake pan! Read more »

Merveilles for Christmas

December 1, 2014
IMG_2482My grandmother, Nova Metzger Jacobs, routinely made these cookies at Christmas-time, and I, as a child, routinely ate too many of them. They are called Merveilles (French for "miracle"), and they are insanely-delicious. Watch me make these crisply-puffed, orange-zest-scented, confectioners'-sugar-dusted delights: Read more »