We Haven’t Blogged Because of Irene

We Haven’t Blogged Because of Irene

“Some of the siding is loose. Can you nail it down?” It was last Monday. I was talking to Ted Byron, whose Active Maintenance Company takes care of our upstate house. We were having the house stained after several years. There happened to be a storm on the way. Ted...
Honey Peach Ice Cream from Dorie Greenspan

Honey Peach Ice Cream from Dorie Greenspan

  Peaches bring out the best and worst in us. It’s not us really. It’s the damn peaches. They are so very, very frustrating to work with. They can rot in an hour. They can be rock hard for days, seeming to never want to ripen. Or they can ripen and have very modest...
Brown Sugar Ice Box Cookies from Lydie Marshall

Brown Sugar Ice Box Cookies from Lydie Marshall

Late Sunday afternoon, I was relaxing. It had been a busy week, which I love, but I was tired. A half dozen events at Cooking by the Book had left me in need of restoration. I was on my porch, feet up on the table, spicy Bloody Mary in my hand. The sun was settling...
Savory Palmiers from Ina Garten

Savory Palmiers from Ina Garten

Palmier? Your mind instantly thinks of a wide, thin sweet pasty, laden with sugar. Perhaps paired with a cappuccino in a Paris café. They are big and they are a meal. A savory palmier? That’s got to be an oxymoron. How could you possibly make something that is not...
Sunshine Potato Salad

Sunshine Potato Salad

Is potato salad healthy? It’s potatoes and mayo and … Ah, the solution is to be inclusive. Add some veggies like celery and peppers. Add some eggs [ok, marginally healthy]. Pickles, definitely healthy. In short, the quality of your potato salad is up to you. But it...