Walnut Cake by Mail

Okay, so to start I’m going to confess I’m a long-time criminal.  Yup, it’s true.  The last time I committed the crime was December 20th.  It happened at the counter of our local branch of the United States Postal Service.  I know, that makes it a federal crime.  Scary stuff: prepare yourself. I drag my … More Walnut Cake by Mail


When I was a little girl, I believed my Grandpa James was a great wizard.  If I woke up early enough while visiting his beach home, and I crept quietly to the stair landing of the loft where we slept, I could watch him work his magic in the kitchen below. Somehow, through the sheer … More Popovers

Organic Applesauce

I would definitely have eaten the apple.  Wouldn’t have even waited for Adam to name it.  So when it’s apple season — ah, glorious, glorious autumn — I try to bring into our home as many of the juicy orbs as I can.  We eat them raw, in pies, in cakes and in breads, and … More Organic Applesauce

Mystery Pot Pie

If I can keep my kids guessing, there’s a chance a veggie or two might make its way into their bellies.  So sometimes when they ask: “Mom, what’s for dinner?” I simply answer “Pie!”  It definitely works until they notice the bread instead of ice cream a la mode.  But even if they pick their … More Mystery Pot Pie

Butternut Squash Soup

Peeling a butternut squash is not on my list of favorite kitchen prep work.  It’s a messy affair during which the fruit usually slips from my hands at least twice.  But it’s that thick skin that makes the butternut one of the stubbornest veggies our garden produces.  I pulled the last of them in late … More Butternut Squash Soup

Cockeyed Cake

This is a great recipe to get children engaged in the kitchen.  We used to make the entire thing in the cake pan, sifting together all the dry ingredients first, then creating crater holes for each of the liquids.  When the vinegar mixes with the baking soda, it does cool bubbly things. This happens to … More Cockeyed Cake

Recipe Rites

I always knew we Americans liked our processed and prepared foods, but I was stunned to learn that at the turn of the 21st Century, we spent 41.9% of our food dollars on food away from home — almost one in every two meals.  In 1960 we spent only 21% of our food budget on … More Recipe Rites