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…

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…

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…

just like honey from the bee

Busy like a bee this week working on some product shots for a local gourmet grocery, I can’t wait to share with you all the results… but here’s a taste: This was my favorite shot of the day. The serendipity of the hexagonal dish and the honey just did me in! And this was some…

I scream for ice cream

Temperatures actually got above the teens today and it felt down right tropical! Maybe, just maybe, spring is actually on its way… which means summer is just around the corner… which means ice cream! Ice cream is the best. I love ice cream. Making it, eating it, looking at it, it’s all good. Coffee is…

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…

we go together like cookies & milk

What can I say about Valentine’s Day, that hasn’t already been said? This year, be sweet to yourself. I don’t think Valentine’s Day has to be all about romance, and kissy-kissy things. I think it’s a fine time to celebrate the little things that make you happy. By all means, show the people you love how…