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A Little Sweetness

Another Valentine’s Day has arrived with all its heralds of the holidaychocolates, roses, hearts, red and pink for miles.  I’m bringing you something sweet with jammy and buttery goodness.  Keep this in mind for a birthday, a dinner party, weekend brunch, or yes, even Valentine’s day. The lastest issue of the King Arthur Flour catalog []

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Here We Are.

A week into 2017.  A new year.  A year of possibilities, clean slates, and brighter days. A year of uncertainty, fragile emotions, opportunities for change. Once againI have no resolutions made, just the desire to change bad habits into smarter life choices.  Happy to be finished with the holidays and too many days laden with []

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Autumn Tease

Autum is my favorite season and one of the things I miss most about living back East.  Leaves changing, that first true chill in the air, a chunky sweater, and the beginning of the baking season that runs through the holidays. In Los Angeles, Fall seems to kick off more times than not by waves []

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Just Because

There are days when you want to bake a cake.  Not because there’s a birthday to celebrate, a dinner party to bring dessert to, a cocktail party that needs a sweet endingbut just because.  Just because you feel like cake, but not a fussy cake.  No buttercream, 7-minute, or Swiss meringue frosting needed.  No need []

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Fancy Dunkaroos

What happens when you hand your friend a jar of Meyer lemon curd and a bag of candied orange biscotti?  You’re asked if you’ve just given her fancy Dunkaroos.  Admittedly, Wikipedia educated me on what Dunkaroos are.  I don’t remember the cookies you dip in a little tub of icing, but if you want to []

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Vintage Holidays

I decided that since I have four kittens in the house this year that I would be crazy to put a Christmas tree up.  Even if it is an artifical tree, I wasn’t sure I wanted to wake up every morning/come home from work every evening/run a few errands and come home to 1) ornaments []

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Did You Feel It?

There was a shift in the seasons recently.  That time of year when all things Summer–beach days, shorts, and backyard barbecues–is quietly packed up and set aside for the next 365 days.  You may have spied it in store aisles–heralded by the dominant color scheme of oranges, yellows, and deep umbers.  Yesyou know what I’m []

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Lemons, Berries, and Summer Sun

Hey there!  It’s been awhile.  A couple of months awhile.  As it usually goes, the time away wasn’t planned or intentional.  But it happened, and it does happen every once in a blue moon.  Let me show you why I took a break and found my hands full. YepI became a kitten mamma.  I brought []

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It’s in the Stars

Do you fancy chilies, ginger, horseradish, or mustard?  Or maybe you have a fondness for lavender, aniseed, or caraway?  Sowhat’s your sign?  I’m not trying to pick you up with a cheesy line, but I might guess that if you love spicy foods you could be an Aries; and if you sometimes start your mornings []

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The Good, the Bad, and Sometimes, the Ugly

I don’t know what went screwy with cooking in the 60’s and 70’s.  I almost came to you empty-handed this week, admitting failure to find a recipe from the 70’s.  I spent the past few days going through not one or two, but five cookbooks, looking for something.  It was not easy.  My friend in []

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Right On Time

If I had stayed on schedule with the ‘Throwback Thursday’ posts I started in February, I should be posting a recipe from the 1980’s this week.  Everything happens for a reason though, right?  Maybe it’s not a coincidence that there were a couple of hiccups along the way and the week I cover the 60’s []

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The Household Seal of Approval

Part of the attraction for me to vintage cookbooks and vintage books in general is the incredible amount of care that went into the designs.  Think of pulp fiction novels from the 50’s.  The enduring attraction, to some extent, is the cover artwork.  Vying for attention from shelves and newsstands of years gone by, they []

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Nothing in the House But Eggs

After being a little under the weather last week, where food was the last thing I wanted to think about, I am here and ready to tackle the next decade for the culinary #tbt series.  This week’s cookbook is ‘Potluck Cookery’ by Beverly Pepper (appropriate for a cookbook author, no?) from 1955.  With the promise []

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#tbt Hiccup

Order is once again restoredand here I am.  Remember when I mentioned earlier this year that I knew 2015 was going to start off rough?  WellI may have underestimated just how rough.  On top of a lot of little things that have just been piling up, I’ve been fretting over an upcoming surgery (which occurred []

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Wait! Stop What You’re Doing!

Maybe you’re a lot like me and think brownies are only ho-hum, not too special, you knowbrownies.  Then you find yourself invited to an Oscars viewing party and you want to bring something.  You have no idea what you’re going to make, other than something dessert-ish.  Then you’re reading through your blogs feed and come []

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