Monster Bash 2015!

BOO! Last Saturday, more than 40 costumed guests walked through our front door. The occasion? Our annual Halloween Monster Bash! I was a colonial gentleman who, after makeup (thanks Michael Laudati!), morphed into...oh, I don't know...maybe David Cassidy, circa 1971?  Read more »

November House & Garden Chores

My mantra for November: Leave the garden in autumn the way you wish to find it in spring. Every weed pulled, every tool put away (please excuse the ladders in the photo above -- we're having work done on the house), and every clean-up operation completed before snow counts against the inevitable April bedlam. What to do first? Maybe this list will help: Read more »

My Favorite Pumpkin Bread

My mother baked this pumpkin bliss every autumn during my "growning-up" years. What a scandalous treat! It's moist, sweet, and definitely delicious. But then, what else would you expect from a batter that contains 1 1/2 sticks of butter and 2 honking cups of sugar? Read more »

French Garlic Soup

I'm obsessed with this French peasant soup. It contains a lot of garlic, but it doesn't taste "garlicky." It's deliciously mild, herbal, and clove-y. Need a comforting brew for a cold autumn evening? Garlic soup is the answer. Read more »

Halloween for Grownups

Happy week before Halloween! Next Saturday, Silver Fox and I will host our fifth annual Monster Bash. It's a frightening night that includes live entertainment, an open bar, and lots of yummy things to eat. Need a good scare? Walk this way: Read more »

Rustic Apple Cake

I made this simple dessert the other day, and then promptly inhaled almost all of it. What a perfect autumn cake! It's rich and buttery, and deliriously-scented with cinnamon, lemon, and nutmeg. It's pretty to look at, too. Read more »

Baked Salmon with Honey-Mustard and Almonds

Take a simple salmon fillet, cloak it with honey mustard, crown it with sliced almonds, and what will you have? Pure deliciousness, baby. Read more »