Wreath Cookies, Holiday Recipe #3


The one holiday tradition that has kept pace with my family, no matter how much change  during the year, is Wreath Cookies.  The recipe, now a worn, taped, yellowed piece of paper, was cut out of a magazine by my mother over 50 years ago (that couldn't sound and look more strange--50 years!!) Every year on a … Continue reading Wreath Cookies, Holiday Recipe #3

Holiday Recipes, #2 (Before Pinterest)


One of the first Christmases that my brother-in-law Jon spent with us, I remember giving only baked goods as gifts.  Knowing Jonathan was allergic to nuts I remembered that I'd cut this recipe out of a magazine.  I pasted it into a spiral notebook that I'd been keeping to organize my recipes--this was long before … Continue reading Holiday Recipes, #2 (Before Pinterest)

Holiday Recipes, #1


I've decided that for the next few posts I will share some of my favorite baked holiday treats.  The first is a recipe I can thank my mother for sharing! Do you remember as a kid, getting that big hunk of banana bread with butter in your lunch?  For some of us it was the best thing … Continue reading Holiday Recipes, #1

Shelly’s Jewish Apple Cake


It is fall after all, and what better way to get a taste of the season, than a recipe including apples. The other day I shared a recipe for the Best.Pie.Ever., and it is! My Mom made one on Sunday to bring to a party on Monday, but the pie didn't make it to the … Continue reading Shelly’s Jewish Apple Cake

BEST. PIE. EVER!


Baking, as you may have read previously, is a hobby I enjoy. Even more than enjoy I find baking to be an almost spiritual experience. During stressful times in my life I've found the simple processes of measuring, pouring, mixing, rolling, cutting, and then inhaling the tantalizing smells of the final product as it comes … Continue reading BEST. PIE. EVER!

Can You Make a Roux?


One of the many jobs in my illustrious history was that of executive director of a child care center in New Hampshire. It was a job I enjoyed and as usual learned I something in the eighteen months I spent there. The center was not big, about 60 kids between the ages of 3 and … Continue reading Can You Make a Roux?

A Kick In the “Pans”


I love to bake. I find the process relaxing, it smells good, and the outcome makes people happy. I fancy myself quite a good cookie maker, though pies, cakes and other desserts also make their way out of my oven and into an office or party or some other function. Sometimes though, it smells too … Continue reading A Kick In the “Pans”