Category Archives: desserts


I am sorry to have been so absent this week; but, after two straight weeks of houseguests, I had a to-do list a mile long. Not to mention the school commitments. What is it about the end of the school year? They just KILL you with “must attends”. There are plays and recitals and concerts […]

In the mix…

Happy Mother’s Day to all you Moms out there! I hope that you all had a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend. After a rocky start, mine was lovely… Friday night Harrison had 3 boys for a sleepover. And, Friday night I had a mission: I was determined to get these four boys to sleep at a […]

Make It Snappy!

For years the town that I live in was a foodie wasteland. You could practically see old, yellowed and crumpled Dining sections of the New York Times blowing down Main Street. There was nothing, nada, zippo when it came to good food. If you wanted anything that was better than what the A&P carried, a […]

Cloud Nine

Growing up we had a favorite dessert…a light and moist angel food cake with a whipped cream based butterscotch frosting.  The cake was then topped with chopped up Callard & Bowser’s butterscotch.  It was heaven.  Unfortunately for us, Evan’s butterscotch- the butterscotch sauce we used-went out of business in the 1980’s.  We tried other sauces- but the […]

Be prepared

The weather last night was wicked.  A Nor’easter blew into town and sat on us for 15 hours or so. Wind gusts well over 60 mph buffeted the house and were constant.  Trees swayed dangerously; power flickered.  It was a near certainty that we would lose power at some point.  It hardly seemed like a […]

The Big Bowl

My father’s mother, my Gram, was a strong and amazing woman; or so the stories, along with my vague early childhood memories, would have you believe.  And, actually, the facts support both the memories and the stories.   My grandmother was a devoted Irish Catholic from the South Shore of Boston in a time when the […]

The healing power of chocolate

It is still February- if only for 3 more days-and it is snowing again here.  Snowing a lot- and it’s gross, heavy, wet snow.  We are supposed to get more snow than anyone needs.  And honestly, nobody needs anything-except maybe a beach.   At the school early dismissal-I told you, it is snowing a lot- everyone […]

The Queen of Snacks

It’s just 2 weeks out of the school year;  but, those weeks-marked in red on my calendar- loom like a visit to an oral surgeon who doesn’t believe in Novocaine.  What could possibly be that bad?  Snack week- that’s what. When you are the Queen of Snacks, there is no royal kingdom, bejeweled crown, or […]

Comfort and Joy

Comfort and Joy For me, going to Craig and Amy’s house for an overnight is like going home with none of the baggage.  There is always something wonderful in the oven.  There is always someone wonderful to talk to.  There is always a snarky comment or two to keep you honest and laughing.  There are […]

The Long Road Home

The Long Road Home I can clearly remember the day in 5th grade when my mother came home from Bridge Club with a recipe written on a perforated grocery list.  That small piece of white paper- just 3 inches long and 2 inches wide-held a fabulous secret: the world’s best oatmeal cookies.   I made them often in middle […]