Valentine brownies

Odds are, you will need something chocolate in the next couple of weeks. Here is a re-post of my Bake Sale Brownie recipe from April 2018 and its rather silly origin that you may enjoy. 🙂 This gluten-free batch was made without the coffee twist, but has two topping choices -- crushed candy canes or dark… Continue reading Valentine brownies


Spoon-free oatmeal

"Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise." -- Benjamin Franklin, American founding father In my perfect world, we would not be getting up before dawn every weekday. But, we are -- and that means breakfast has to be simple. Really simple. In the winter, I have oatmeal. In… Continue reading Spoon-free oatmeal


Dial-it-back pea soup

“ will still find people who believe that soup will cure any hurt or illness and is no bad thing to have for the funeral either.” John Steinbeck, East of Eden Holidays seem to be all about more. When they're over, I like to clear the slate. I do some extra cleaning. I dejunk. I pare… Continue reading Dial-it-back pea soup


Pizza dough for 1 to 12

“How can a nation be called great if its bread tastes like Kleenex?” Julia Child, American chef I can't remember precisely why I started by making bread of all things, but I can certainly remember when. I was barely into my 20s and my newspaper asked me to write about food. (This was perhaps because… Continue reading Pizza dough for 1 to 12

community, family life

Feast of Seven Fishes

Sharing a holiday foods piece featuring Italian-American traditions from A Fishy Family Feast Is Christmas Eve Tradition Nora Edinger December 21, 2018 On Monday, with Christmas Eve still a week away, local descendants of the Cerra family were already preparing for a blow-out holiday meal that will feature seafood. It’s not just about the… Continue reading Feast of Seven Fishes