What is the MOST important thing when planning a kitchen renovation? Space planning. This is THE most critical aspect of design. – especially for renovation projects. it’s kind of like putting lipstick on a pig to putRead More
Now back with a delicious salad recipe, the Designer Daughter is here with another guest post! After last time’s delicious, but admittedly less-than-nutritious bacony, cheesy flatbread, I felt like something lighter and healthier was in order.Read More
Today’s ‘Tales from the Kitchen’ is guest-posted by my daughter Jenna. She shares my sense of humor and my love of food and cooking. She always returns from her travels with new recipes, usually for delicious cocktails. Her last sojourn was to Germany and yielded both cocktail AND food recipes, but I’ll let her tell the tale…Read More
Super Bowl Sunday, which is terribly important to a lot of people in New England, is here. But for me it’s is all about the refreshments! Whether you are hosting a Super Bowl Party or just want a perfect winter meal, this is the best chili recipe I have ever had.Read More
In the winter months…well any time really, but especially in the winter, the smell of bread baking is so delightful. I know bread is out of favor with many people these days, but not me - I LOVE bread. And nothing is better than home made bread! I have passed this affection along to my children and now whenever my son is headed home from university, I put the dough into the oven when he is an hour away so he has fresh hot bread to welcome him - it’s become a bit of a tradition in our house.Read More
We are celebrating the new year here with a special hot mulled wine beverage courtesy of my daughter, Jenna, who recently returned from a trip to Germany.Read More
Last year I decided to experiment with decorating my sugar cookies with royal icing. Generally, I opt for buttercream icing because, hello? Buttercream?! This is a category that deserves its own food group. And royal icing, by comparison, tastes like dirt. BUT that said, I wanted really pretty snowflake cookies, andRead More
Lucia Rolls are a tradition for Thanksgiving in our house ever since my sister-in-law, Sharon, introduced me to these exquisite bites of heaven. Apparently, though none of us are the least bit Scandanavian by heritage, this is a traditional treat served for St. Lucia’s Day on December 13th. Being the overachievers that we are, we start early!Read More
Cranberries are a staple flavor for autumn and on into the holidays, and cranberry paired with orange is a winning combinationRead More
Planning ahead and getting organized can go a long way toward a stress-free Thanksgiving. It won’t help with your weird Uncle Neal who thinks it’s funny to take his false teeth out to scare the kids, or your sister-in-law who is allergic to everything but tofu, but it might give you the stamina and grace to negotiate THOSE things if you don’t have a million other things to worry about!
If you are hosting there are a few things to sort through now so you don’t get caught scrambling the day before.Read More
If you are a brownie addict, or know one that you need to bribe, this is for you. This is hands down, the best brownie recipe I’ve ever made, and I’ve been through a fair number over the years. Not only are these decadent and addictive, they are really pretty simple and, with my lazy gourmet tips, they don’t even generate too much mess!Read More
Fall is apple season in New England and at our house that means a few things.
Most importantly, CIDER DONUTS. If you don’t live here and have never experienced a still warm, sugar coated cider donut at an orchard, I’m sorry for you. These are one of life’s best little pleasures.Read More
Happy 4th to you! Generally, the holiday includes sparklers, fireworks viewing, and a cookout with family and friends.
In our house it also means sangria: The perfect summer drink. Despite being Spanish in origin, it seems to pair well with all kinds of cookout foods and is my favorite ‘go to’ beverage for 4th of July celebrations. Also, it’s red. That should count for something on the most renowned of the “red, white, and blue” holidays! Here I’m sharing my current favorite sangria recipe.Read More
I am basically a lazy cook. I don't want to create any more work or spend any more time than necessary, but I still want the best possible result. I value efficiency, of course, but until I acquire a scullery maid, here are some processes and gadgets that make cooking and baking a pleasure instead of a chore.Read More
Our most recent entertaining venture was our annual Nutcracker's Sweets Dessert Open House. It occurred on an absolutely frigid evening, but it was cozy inside and a delight to celebrate the end of the holiday season and the beginning of a new year with family and friends.Read More
I love to bake and I love entertaining. So naturally, I enjoy creating parties centered around desserts. Dessert parties are some of the easiest parties to manage since desserts generally require very little last minute attention.
Here are some tips I have found helpful over the years as I have honed my dessert party skills:Read More
A Thanksgiving Feast
Food and it’s presentation has been central to our family gatherings for as long as I can remember. That may be why I love to host meals and parties…I equate food-centric gatherings with feelings of love, comfort, and celebration.
AND it’s almost Thanksgiving…the beginning of the holiday entertaining season! We have SO much to be thankful for…family, friends, and the blessing of a warm, safe, and welcoming home.Read More
When life hands you lemons…Make lemonade! Or so the saying goes.
In this case life handed me cake crumbs. The lesson of turning a disaster into an asset is so important, in the kitchen and in life. We learn the most from our failures, I think. My most recent kitchen flop started out innocently enough…Read More
My friend, Nancy, discovered this cocktail at a pub while vacationing in Meredith, NH ... with her rave reviews and the information that it contained American Harvest Organic Vodka and organic lemonade, we tracked down the recipe on the vodka website. They call it Harvest Basil Lemonade ... we call it Tipsy Lemonade ... you can call it whatever you want - but it is smooth, refreshing, and delicious on a hot summer evening!
- 2 parts American Harvest
- 4-5 parts fresh or organic lemonade
- 3 fresh basil leaves
- 2 slices of lemon
How to mix this cocktail
Muddle basil and lemons in a tall glass. Add ice and American Harvest and top with lemonade. Garnish with lemon wheels and basil leaves.
NOTE: Inspired by a ginger lemonade we tasted at the new Boston Public Market, we also tried a non-alcoholic version of this by mixing in ginger beer in place of the vodka with stellar results!