Ruby Smoothie

Feb 24, 2015

Goodbye Ruby Smoothie

I discovered today’s smoothie in my new Coconut Cookbook. The recipe seemed perfect–simple and healthful–and it even used leftover local foods from last summer. But I did have one concern. There was no way I was going to call a fun drink like this, a Strawberry Beet Smoothie. Not even to myself.   When I poured it out of the blender … Continue reading

Strawberry Meringue Cup

Feb 12, 2015

Strawberry Meringue Cups Two Ways

I recently became obsessed with meringue. First, our book club had a holiday potluck where an incredibly delicious meringue dessert was served. Then daughter #2 left for a semester in Ireland– where I spent some of my own student days stuffing myself with cream meringues. Finally, Valentine’s Day is coming–doesn’t that cry out for Strawberry Meringue Cups? The meringue cup … Continue reading


Dec 23, 2014

Vanilla Cranberry Cream Dessert

Is it wrong to make the same Christmas dessert two years in a row?  Does it help if you have a dessert buffet with a variety of options?   I served these Vanilla Cranberry Creams last Christmas where they were definitely a hit.  Every year I try something new, but this year’s new recipes have failed repeatedly (that is two … Continue reading


Sep 21, 2014

Glazed Peach Streusel Muffins

You have to love the bounty of fall.  Especially if you are graced with cases of peaches and some new peach recipes!  Today I made Glazed Peach Streusel Muffins for the third time–they disappear like magic.  Of course baking with peaches has its own fringe benefit.   You are forced to eat any odd bruised slices–it wouldn’t do to bake with … Continue reading


Sep 7, 2014

Baked Peaches with Mascarpone, Pistachios and Honey

Remember the old saying about the hammer & nail?   It goes like this: If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.  Well I have a seasonal food version:  If you have two big cases of peaches, everything looks like a peach recipe.  


Sep 4, 2014

Peach Clafoutis with Cranberries

Around a year ago I saw a picture of a beautiful Cherry Clafoutis (cla-foo-tee).  A tart of ruby bright cherries enveloped in a smooth, custardy filling, it was an image I just couldn’t shake.  I was struggling, however, because organic cherries are almost impossible to find and their conventional counterparts are particularly chemical-laden.  So I decided to ad-lib.  Although cherries … Continue reading


Aug 31, 2014

Plum Drunken Fool (or Sober if You Prefer)

I can’t shake the image.  I am in a western saloon with wooden swinging doors, a long rustic bar and men in suspenders with open vests.  One of the men grabs another by the lapel, shoves him roughly and mutters “plum drunken fool.” But my plum drunken fool is something completely different.  A mixture of plums, bathed in spices and … Continue reading

Speculoos Cookie Butter Braided Bread

Jul 10, 2014

Speculoos Cookie Butter Braided Bread

All my blogging friends were eating it–speculoos, or cookie butter.  I went right down to Trader Joe’s for a jar of my own.  Little did I know that it could lead to a Cookie Butter Braided Bread. If you haven’t had speculoos it is almost like a spreadable spice cookie.  Based on a traditional Northern European holiday cookie, it can … Continue reading

My version of the White Gull Inn Blueberry Coffee Cake

Jul 6, 2014

GMA Best Breakfast Winner Makes Blueberry Coffee Cake

A few years back it was the buzz around town.  One of our local restaurants, the White Gull Inn, was a finalist in the Good Morning America (GMA) Best Breakfast contest.  Their breakfasts are amazing and the Inn is totally cute, so I can’t say any of the regular patrons were surprised when they took first place.  Plus it’s tough … Continue reading