Theresa’s cinnamon rolls

My Sister-in-law Theresa is a boss in the kitchen and makes what might be the world’s best cinnamon rolls. Every year at the holidays, she whips up batches of these sweet, delicious treats and delivers them to friends and family (a tradition passed down from her mom along with the recipe). Theresa’s generosity goes beyond…

Easter eggs, naturally

  I’m not the earthiest earth-mother around, but naturally dyed eggs are pretty easy to do! It only takes a few simple ingredients like fruit and vegetables to create Easter eggs in beautiful earthy, subdued hues. You will need: 1 ½ cups water Fruit/Vegetable material of choice (2 tablespoons spices/powders, 1 cup chopped vegetable/skins) 1…

matcha blondies

I thought I’d whip up a little something green for St. Patrick’s Day. Why not matcha blondies? Matcha is finely ground powder of specially grown green tea leaves, but it doesn’t just have to be brewed as tea. It’s great in recipes like smoothies or baking. It has a subtle sweetness and is packed with antioxidants….

I (heart) Fluffernutters…

…and other notable New England foods You just ain’t a true New Englanda if ya neva had a Fluffanutta sammich… just sayin’. In honor of Valentine’ s Day I thought I’d pay tribute to all the delicious foods I grew up eating and loving here in New England. But first, the beloved Fluffernutter Sandwich– simply peanut…

a “little” vitamin c

At the market the other day I stumbled upon the most adorable thing–a box of teeny tiny mandarin oranges with stems and leaves attached! I was actually shopping for dinner, but I couldn’t leave these guys behind on the shelf, they were too cute. And I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them…

good morning muesli

Is breakfast the most important meal of the day? I tend to skip breakfast more often than not. But I do have favorite breakfast foods, among the top ten is muesli. What the heck is muesli? Muesli is a cereal developed by the Swiss, packed full of energy, so you can swish around the Alps on skis……

best ever peanut butter blondies

I have no idea what’s gong on! The last two times I attempted to make Brownies have ended in utter disaster, and by that I mean undercooked or otherwise inedible brownies. That’s just bad. But I think there is a way to redeem myself. Maybe if I reverse direction and make the best ever Blondies,…

homemade ketchup? yes, please.

I hate to admit this, but my seven-year-old has recently entered the stage of all foods must be dipped in ketchup in order for me to eat this. I pick my battles, so I go with it, the only problem was when we ran out of ketchup… this was an emergency situation! I did a…

christmas bonus: bourbon pecan fruitcake bites

Like many folks, I have never been a fan of the traditional fruitcake.  Ridiculed for its brick-like appearance and studded with unnatural glossy green and red “fruits,” it never really tasted any better than it looked. Why does fruitcake have such a bum rap? Generally speaking, fruitcake is just a mixture of brandied fruits and nuts…

perfect holiday charcuterie in only five steps

So it’s the holiday season, and you’re either hosting this year or have been asked to contribute something to the celebration or meal, have you thought about a charcuterie and cheese plate? Get the perfect plate in just five easy steps. #1: Select your cheeses. To make it easier, pick from these categories: soft, semi-soft, semi-hard, and hard…

not your grandmother’s rice pudding

You either love rice pudding or you hate it. I L-O-V-E it, and my grandmother’s recipe was actually pretty darn good. It’s so simple to make, and really may be my most favorite food. I loved when my Gram would make it for me when I was a little girl, it was her favorite too…

cranberries: New England’s superfood

It’s no wonder why cranberries are a staple of holiday cooking and eating, since they are freshest and in season September through December. There is no food more quintessentially New England than the cranberry, documentation from Ocean Spray even suggests that the first commercial cranberry harvest took place in Dennis, Massachusetts in 1816. Not only are…