Father’s Day Sugar Cake: Part Three of the Butterscotch Triology

This simple and delicious dessert was made for Father’s Day, and is the third of my dessert recipes to feature butterscotch extract. (Oatmeal and Chocolate Chip cookies being the first and second). I’m not sure how I found this recipe (think it was through some kind of Pinterest investigation) but I am glad I did.Continue reading “Father’s Day Sugar Cake: Part Three of the Butterscotch Triology”

Oatmeal Cookie Perfection

Before we start, let me tell me you I know about the recipe under the Quaker oats cap.  I’ve made it.  It’s good.  It makes great cookies and you’re looking for super simple, go ahead and make that one. And I was fine with that cookie until I had a life changing event: eating anContinue reading “Oatmeal Cookie Perfection”

Potato Pancakes You’ll Eat Standing Up

If you are like me and spend most of your year avoiding potatoes and fried foods, then you will certainly love this potato latke recipe for Chanukah. Most Jewish kids I knew regarded Chanukah as a special time, but somewhat less special than Christmas. And for many good reasons.  One, it often didn’t happen when thereContinue reading “Potato Pancakes You’ll Eat Standing Up”

Kate’s Butter

As an adult and a parent navigating through this complicated world, I am always very appreciative when something gets a little easier.  The nice people at Kate’s Butter of Maine have now started to wrap their salted butter and unsalted butters in different color wrappers, thereby making it much easier to distinguish which one isContinue reading “Kate’s Butter”

Old-Fashioned Apple Cake (with Frosting)

November is to apples what black is to bananas, i.e. nature’s alarm clock telling you it’s time to use ’em or toss ’em.  As that siren grew louder, I spied my pile of ever-softening honey crisp apples with despair. Decisive action was necessary. Taking to my trusty recipe network, I found Old Fashioned Apple Cake on King ArthurContinue reading “Old-Fashioned Apple Cake (with Frosting)”

Grilled Lettuce for the 4th— Celebrate America!

Totally by accident, I discovered grilling lettuce.   I had had grilled romaine in some hifalutin’ restaurants in a treatment of Caesar salad, but it was always something that made you think “why did they grill this lettuce?”    One day however, during an obsessive grill-a-thon, I found myself adding olive oil, salt and pepperContinue reading “Grilled Lettuce for the 4th— Celebrate America!”

Charlie’s in Boston Closing, A Low-Arts Tragedy.

UPDATE! The Boston Globe reports that Chef Evan Deluty, who runs Stella in the South End, is “passing papers” on the Charlie’s Sandwich Shoppe this week and plans to re-open the restaurant in 2015.   Charlie’s Sandwich Shoppe (love that it used the old time spelling of Shoppe) closed today.   I can’t add anything to the story, exceptContinue reading “Charlie’s in Boston Closing, A Low-Arts Tragedy.”

Make Your Own Pop Tarts! It’s (Pretty) Easy.

One of the things I am always focused on as a parent is getting my kids to eat healthy.  But this is a RELATIVE term because “healthy” in the end is measured by degrees, and is by no means an absolute.   For instance, you are not often given the choice of “salad with quinoa or chickenContinue reading “Make Your Own Pop Tarts! It’s (Pretty) Easy.”

Sweet Potato Crisps

My daughter got an assignment to bring a lunch to a trip to Ye Olde Schoolhouse.   One of the conditions of the lunch was that it be carried in authentic containers from the 19th century, like a burlap sack or such.  The other more pertinent condition was that all lunches had to be madeContinue reading “Sweet Potato Crisps”