How to make chocolate-dipped sugar cookie hearts.

I've loved Valentine's Day since my childhood. I loved decorating a shoe box to collect classmates' offerings. I loved using clunky safety scissors to cut out pink paper hearts. I loved using the sticky mucilage glue to stick doilies everywhere. More than all of those things, I loved pulling the crinkly wrapper from a cherry … Continue reading How to make chocolate-dipped sugar cookie hearts.

But what will we do with Tuesday?

(Oh, come on; you know how I love a themed series, right?) I read a quote (author unknown) that was something like, "Tuesday is Monday's uglier sister." I disagree. Tuesday, for me, is the sweet spot day. Tuesday is early enough in the week that one might say, "Let's meet early in the week - … Continue reading But what will we do with Tuesday?

Blue plate special.

I've been under the weather since right after Christmas, but today I'm finally starting to feel "normal" again. Some thoughts on that, along with notes on how I've been spending my down time, a "curative" soup recipe, Apple Watch insanity, my favorite Mary Chapin Carpenter song, and a few other things. Think of it as … Continue reading Blue plate special.

Dear Prudence, won’t you come out to play?

I've picked a word for the year ahead, and that word is... ... Well, I'll get to that. But first, a story about my mother. (Yes, all of the January posts will be about food and cooking, and many of them will also be about my mother, because January is the time when I think … Continue reading Dear Prudence, won’t you come out to play?

If coq au vin and cassoulet had an American baby.

It was a dark and stormy night (kind of like tonight), and I was hungry, and I felt like cooking, but I did not feel like going to the store (because I never feel like going to the store, ever), so I took stock of what was already in my kitchen, and here's what I … Continue reading If coq au vin and cassoulet had an American baby.

Generations, part two.

Part two of three, I think. We'll see. (Updated, 10/31: Yes; three parts - though actually four. In any event, you'll find the final one here, if you're interested.) We'll take this one in what may seen reverse order, with cooking at the beginning. Then, in the middle, the main part. At the end will … Continue reading Generations, part two.