Category Archives: Baked Foods

Thanksgiving 2017 – Dinner Rolls

Saturday, 02 December 2017

To say that my family is quirky is probably generous (just ask my older brother Eric). I won’t go into the gruesome details of the craziness but here’s one weird thing: My husband is Alan; my Father, Allen; my step-daughter’s boyfriend, Alan; our daughter-in-law’s Father, Allen. My son is Alex; his girlfriend is Alex; my step-daughter is Alex. It’s weird right? Maybe a bit confusing at times. Anyway - this year, my year to have Thanksgiving at my house, we had just one Alan (my husband) and all of the Alexes. My son’s girlfriend Alex brought her parents Craig and Barbara and they’re lovely. Also, my dear dear neighbor Pam and her son Owen graced our table as did my Mother. It was a sweet, lovely day for a small...

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Chicken Pot Pie

Monday, 31 March 2014

You have to be a masochist to make a chicken pot pie. Honestly. It is such a pain in the butt – so time consuming – exhausting in fact. And although homemade pot-pies are delicious - so are Mrs. Swanson’s and you don’t have to do anything other than buy it and pop it in the oven. I remember when I was a kid my parents would go out on Friday or Saturday night and our babysitter Maria Ceraceda or her sister Agnes (who, by the way, was President of the Davy Jones fan club - FYI) would make us dinner (Chicken Pot Pies, popcorn or hot fudge Sundays – parfait style) and we got to eat on TV trays in front of the TV. Best nights ever. Sometimes Maria would bring her boyfriend Renee over and he would teach us sign-language – that...

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Chocolate Torte with Bittersweet Ganache Glaze

Thursday, 20 March 2014

(Vegetarian Times, Jan/Feb 2014 issue) I love chocolate. I love chocolate. I love chocolate. Even when I’m on a diet – like now – I love chocolate. I love chocolate even if I don’t get to eat the chocolate thing I make – I’m content to just be cooking with it (sort of). When the new Vegetarian Times ( came in the mail I started my perusal ritual and I discovered a photo and recipe for the most delicious looking cake ever. Ever. Ever. The lead in read: “The No-Oil-Added Chocolate Torte to Live For with Bittersweet Ganache Glaze” and the photograph made this “Torte” look like the most mouth-wateringly delicious thing in the entire world. I had to make it. But like I said I’m on...

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Eggplant Parmigiana

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

It’s June. The month of my birthday. Oh joy. I always look forward to my birthday. Don’t know why. But then I never want to celebrate it. I just look forward to it. I think it’s left over from my childhood and all the fun birthday parties that I had. My mom knew how to do that part up right – that’s for sure. I remember it must have been when I was turning 4 and we had a neighbor who worked at a bakery and my mom let me get this really pretty cake from the bakery (my mom always made our cakes but this was some kind of special exception) and the cake part was a dress – a big beautiful old-fashioned dress with layers and layers. I can still it in my mind and there was a doll stuck in the top of the cake so it...

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Cinco De Mayo!!

Friday, 10 May 2013

You would think that for May 5th, Cinco de Mayo, I would cook and write about Mexican food – that’s what I did last year. Nope. Not this year. This year I’m writing about chocolate cookies.  I should have added a little cinnamon to the batter for a Mexican flaire, in addition to the finishing salt that we decided to sprinkle on the top. Next time for sure. On Saturday – May 4th - while I was riding my bike to Palos Verdes (that’s right…. 32 miles or so roundtrip) I got a text message from my niece Jane who asked if she and her roommate Rachel (my faux niece) could come use the beach cruisers to ride down to the beach. I suggested that after they do that, that they stick around and while Alex and his friends watched the...

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More Beautiful Family And Family Of Family And Cocoa Nibs And Sea Salt

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

My husband always tells me that he has no family (except his kids and us). I’ve written about this before. I can’t figure out if he really believes it or if he’s looking for sympathy or what the deal is but the truth is he’s got a lot of family. And more family pops up all the time. This time it was a sister. Granted it was a step-sister but a sister nonetheless. And the sister came with her cousin (on her mother’s side so not a relative of my husband’s but a relative of his relative). Alan’s step-sister is Ronni and her cousin is Gay. They are delightful and funny and energetic, and we had a totally fun evening. So, Ronnie’s mom Ellie was married to Alan’s Dad Bernie. Since Bernie and Ellie got married...

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Why In The World Would I Ever Make A Cracker?

Thursday, 21 March 2013

About two years ago I got a call from my good friend Disa in Denmark ( Disa and I exchange recipes – well mostly she sends me hers as she’s a very inventive and original cook. Disa said she was sending me a recipe for crackers and that I had to make them. Sure, I said. I had absolutely no intention of making crackers. Crackers are something that you buy at the store to put lovely cheese on for a snack or appetizer – sometimes with fig jam first. You can buy really nice crackers here in the States. I just thought maybe they didn’t have good crackers in Denmark or something. I wasn’t about to make them but I just told her ‘sure.’ About a week later she emailed to ask if I had made the...

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An Autumnal Roast…

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Roasted Parsnips and Sweet Potatoes with Caper Vinaigrette (from Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi) My current favorite cookbook is Yotam Ottolenghi’s book Plenty. Although Ottolenghi is not a vegetarian – the book is about beautiful, delicious vegetables. Many of the recipes include interesting ingredients used in ways you would not normally think of yourself. He’s a genius this guy. You will fall in love with this book. Every recipe I have made from this book is absolutely gorgeous and delicious. Honest. I have given countless copies of this book to my friends for gifts. Recently a colleague of mine – Caryn Espo - and I were talking about this book at a lawyer meeting (food is always more interesting than the law in my mind) and...

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