Christmas

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 »

Pear Fritters

December 20, 2013
IMG_7195I LOVE THESE PEAR FRITTERS. I love them so much that I hope you'll take them off my hands. Otherwise, I'll be forced to eat them -- rather joyously -- all by myself. Read more »

Entrance Hall Arrangement, December 2013

December 10, 2013
IMG_6558FOR ME, December is all about drinking decorating. The Christmas tree is set up (pictures soon!), the parlor mantel is dressed for success, the dining room features a pair of homemade boxwood trees, and now, thanks to floral-designer Erin Brady, a big bouquet lights up the entrance hall table. Here's an intimate look at this pine-scented poetry: Read more »