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 »

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 »

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 »

Roast Turkey with Braeburn Apple Gravy (GF)

November 24, 2014
IMG_2114Today, because it's nearly Thanksgiving, I think we should roast a turkey and make some gravy. My low-carb, gluten-free gravy is gorgeously flavored and thickened with apples and onions, and brightly scented with herbs. In other words, it's screamingly delicious. You'll want to sip it out of a mug. Read more »

My September House & Garden Chores

September 2, 2014
IMG_0137SEPTEMBER is my "get ready for winter" month. It's time to divide and reset certain perennials, to order and plant bulbs, and to acclimate vacationing houseplants for their return to indoor life. Feeling energetic? Good. Because one of us can sip a martini...while one of us goes to work! 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 »