From the category archives:


Apple cake, apple cake, Mama wants an apple cake

November 24, 2010

Cooking seasonally means apple cake in the fall when I have drops from my cousin’s tree, a big box of Spencers from a neighbor, Cortlands and Macouns from other nearby orchards. Here’s a round up of the cakes I’ve tried, searching for the apple cake that makes you feel like a happy child just blown […]

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Mejillones a la vinagreta

November 8, 2010

Because we had shellfish-eating Spanish-speaking family coming last week, I made these—and also because I had everything for the salpicón still, the last cherry tomatoes and parsley from our garden, the peppers and red onions from a nearby farmstand. The last of summer sun in vegetable form. The recipe, from the mouthwatering Moro: The Cookbook, […]

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The kids love me today

October 27, 2010

…because I made them popcorn balls—“old-fashioned” popcorn balls. Don’t let the name fool you—this is junk food through and through, and mighty hard on the old fillings. But fun to make. At first I thought the vinegar and baking soda were part of the old-timey flavor, though the ingredients for “volcano” did cross my mind. […]

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Kale saag—eat your greens, baby

October 26, 2010

An Indian supper (not to be confused with Indian summer) with my cousins this past weekend, and I wondered what I could make with the foods so abundant this time of year: apples, squash, kale, the last of the cherry tomatoes. I read many recipes for saag, the creamy spicy green mush served in Indian […]

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My girls love this soup

October 16, 2010

The original recipe is from the Soup Chick—her method for cleaning leeks is brilliant. I’ve made several changes: no bacon because we don’t do pork, the addition of cooked chicken to make the soup more of a meal—we use leftover roast chicken, but you could use whatevah—red-skinned potatoes, but not new potatoes (it’s October!), milk […]

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Making cider (try this at home)

September 25, 2010

Get a bunch of cousins or neighbors or friends together and pick apples off some untended trees. (These were tended, once upon a time, by my great-great uncle—tended so well, in their day, that they still bear crisp, delicious apples, a couple of generations later.) The apples may be wormy, but that just increases the […]

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So easy and so delicious—why not make some?

June 15, 2010

I love Mercedes’ post, with the recipe. Honest and full of love.

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Still under construction, but: homemade CHOCOLATE SYRUP!

May 18, 2010

I will never buy chocolate syrup again (God willing). We’ve had various health food store brands around over the last few years; without naming names, some are good, some—not so much. But what we were putting on our ice cream most recently was high fructose corn syrup with cocoa in it from a brown plastic […]

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