Puff Pastry Apple Blossoms

This week, to celebrate the start of apple season, I made some scrumptious little desserts called "Apple Blossoms." The flower petals are thinly-sliced apples, arranged on strips of store-bought puff pastry dough. Looking for an elegant tea-time treat or after-school snack? This recipe is for you. Read more »

How I Freeze Whole Tomatoes

Red ones. Green ones. Yellow ones. Striped ones. Are late-summer tomatoes swallowing your kitchen counter top, too? Here, the weather's too hot for boiling, peeling, and canning the fruit. Consequently I'm eating some of the tomatoes fresh, and freezing the rest: Read more »

Purple Mixer Giveaway/The Winner!

Wow -- over 1,400 entries! Apparently I'm not the only one who loves the color purple! This morning, the little number generator at selected comment #198, from Julianna S. Congratulations, Julianna! To collect your pretty mixer, just shoot me an email and include your shipping info. Read more »

Peanut Butter Cookies! (GF)

Yesterday, out of the blue, I developed a sudden desire to eat peanut butter cookies. To fight the temptation, I first vacuumed the entrance hall. Then I went for a swim. Then I took Lily the Beagle for a long walk. And when we returned from our stroll, I made a big batch of peanut butter cookies. Read more »

Old House Living: Redecorating the Library

In my latest bit of old-house news, we're redecorating the library. This upstairs room -- it was previously a bedroom -- had become a catch-all for newspapers, magazines, CDs, antiquated VHS tapes, and too many books for our existing bookcases. Read more »

A Get-Away, A Massage, and Some New Kitchen Supplies

On the 26th day of August, my true love gave to me...TWO DAYS OFF! We arranged for our friend Sara P. to stay with Lily the Beagle and cats Tiger and Camille. Then we loaded up the car, and drove to Manchester, Vermont. Read more »

Tabbouleh with Heirloom Tomatoes and Zucchini

Today, because I wanted to eat something delicious (and healthy!) for lunch, I made a big bowl of Tabbouleh. Do you know this vegan Lebanese dish? It's crunchy with cracked wheat, and fragrant with fresh parsley and mint. Even meat-eaters love it. Read more »