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…

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…

apple cider donuts

Despite what the thermometer reads today, it is Fall in New England and that means it’s apple cider season! The onset of Autumn weather instantly fills me with a sense of nostalgia, I suddenly crave sweaters, bonfires, and apple cider. Of course apple cider is especially delightful served hot, but in my opinion the best…

life is just a bowl of cherries

Pickled cherries to be exact. Strange, I know, but pretty yummy. I really had no idea that you could pickle cherries. I haven’t even known for that long that you could pickle things other than cucumbers. But it’s cherry season and I had a large quantity of cherries on my hands and I wasn’t up…

spring potato soup with chive oil

Here’s another tasty soup recipe, I’m also going to say a bit about photography. This is, as always, a favorite recipe that I love to make and love to eat! The recipe is tried and tested, I’ve made it a million times, find it below. With my images I’m testing out something new. I used my Lowel…

take-out at home: fried rice

I was never really a fan of the typical Chinese take-out fried rice. But this is now one of my go-to recipes when I want something fast and yummy. Believe me, I love the ease of take-out, now and then. But sometimes, making your take-out faves from scratch is as easy as picking up the…

It’s chess pie…

Are you familiar with Chess Pie? I had only heard about it for the first time a few weeks ago, and was very curious. It is a pie or tart with a filling made of eggs, butter, and sugar, according to Merriam-Webster. This one is technically a lemon chess pie because it includes lemon juice and…

avocado, meet chocolate

I am borderline obsessed with avocados. They look so pretty and taste delicious! Since today is snowy and cold– school was already canceled by 7pm last night– I decided we would pass the time by playing in the kitchen! And because of my avocado obsession, I had a few on hand that we could whip…