Castle Cake Pan Giveaway: Winner Announced

December 3, 2014
IMG_1564Thanks for playing, everyone! The winner, as selected by Random.org, is comment #61 from Sheryl. Sheryl -- please contact me at this address to collect your castle cake pan! 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 »

Window Garden Fun: Scilla Madeirensis

November 30, 2014
IMG_2027One of the prettiest plants in my window garden just now is Scilla Madeirensis. I planted 3 bulbs of this "Giant Squill" in early October, and six weeks later they greeted me with spectacular clusters of celestial-blue: Read more »

Snow!

November 28, 2014
IMG_2247On Monday, temperatures here soared to nearly 70°F. My rose garden (above) looked serene in its autumn greenery. This mild color scheme was not to last. The garden turned all-white when a nor'easter roared through my region (and maybe yours, too) just 48 hours later: 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 »

GF Bacon and Sausage Stuffing Balls!

November 20, 2014
IMG_1963Oh, baby. These stuffing balls are so delicious that I can't stop eating them! Brenda Johnson, my taste-tester, loves 'em, too. I'm talking about a crispy exterior, and a savory, sumptuous interior. They are gluten-free, too, since I made them with tapioca bread crumbs. Need a nifty side dish for Thanksgiving or Christmas? This recipe is for you: Read more »

Chocolate Castle Cake

November 17, 2014
IMG_1588What inspired this chocolate whimsy? A recent trip to a kitchen supply store. There, all kinds of culinary gadgets begged to be rescued from their retail store oblivion. And among them was a castle-shaped Bundt pan. Here's the recipe, which you can use for any 10-cup capacity Bundt pan: Read more »