Gift Ideas for Cooks

Need some gift-ideas for the cook in your life? Maybe I can help. Here are some of the cherished workhorses in own kitchen, all saddled up for you: Read more »

Blue Mixer Giveaway

Update: selected comment #827 from Samantha M. Congratulations, Samantha! To collect your pretty blue mixer, just shoot me an email. Read more »

November Houseplants!

What keeps me happy in winter? Good food and fine wine. Houseplants are helpful, too. They provide a "green connection" when the outdoor world is barren and gray. You haven't lived until you've watched a geranium optimistically open its pastel petals during a snowstorm! Here's what's shaking in my November window garden: Read more »

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup: Sexy Sides

Need a little inspiration for Thanksgiving dinner? Here are links to 16 delicious side-dishes that have appeared on my own holiday table over the years. Most are easy to make, some are gluten-free, and all are guaranteed to please! Read more »

Glazed Orange Tart

I made this unusual tart for a small brunch party last weekend, and it was devoured -- with gusto -- in a flash. Not to worry -- I made the same tart this morning, so that you could taste it, too! Read more »

Tropical Bulbs in Pebbles, Water, and Gin

Yesterday, because I insist on having fragrant blooms in time for the December holidays, I grabbed my old soup tureen, several jardinieres, and some tacky whimsical Santa mugs, and planted them with tropical narcissus bulbs. Would you like to see the fun procedure? Read more »

Quinoa Stuffing with Leeks, Sage, and Sun Dried Tomatoes (GF)

I love wheat. I love meat. I love sugary French desserts. But I also love quinoa! It's a "super food" with a delightful crunch and a neutral taste. Toss it with sauteed leeks, fresh sage, and sun-dried tomatoes, as I did the other day, and BAM -- you'll have a Thanksgiving "stuffing" that even your gluten-avoiding friends can enjoy. Read more »