Plan a simple menu. Serve two favorite courses: appetizers and dessert. Select recipes that include your personal comfort foods, whether it s cheese, chocolate or caviar. If guests offer to bring something, don t hesitate to say YES! Prepare your dishes in advance, aside from a last minute trip to the oven. Take advantage of [...]
Am I irate and red hot because of a bad shopping experience, standing in a long check out line or coping with a rude clerk? I’ve probably done that this year and just about every other year I shopped before Christmas, but I usually consider the situation and let it go. Am I in the [...]
It wouldn’t be Christmas for me without Spritz cookies like my Aunt Esther made. Esther Anglemyer was a wonderful baker. She was used to making breads and pies in large quantities to feed everyone who visited their farm. She always had tins of homemade cookies on a kitchen counter just inside the back door. When [...]
Why not give gifts that are homemade? A gift from the kitchen is twice blessed.
This pumpkin cake may not be so different from other pumpkin cakes you’ve tried, but see if you agree with me; it’s right up there with the better ones.
I’m sure my life has gone out of control when within a mere 60 seconds I have switched from a call on my cell phone to take a call on my cordless, landline phone, and while I’m making short work with the second caller in order to get back to the first, the first rings [...]
Sun warmth makes a welcome friend in spring, highly acceptable after the dreary chill of winter months. Sun warmth becomes a dear prize in the fall as the possibility of experiencing it dwindles fast. I had so much to do at home that I had no time to have a picnic. I prioritized in my [...]
I’ve always liked fig bar cookies but I never thought much about the seedy fruit wrapped inside them till just four years ago. We were in Florida visiting Mary Baxley, a friend of Dad’s. She had a fig tree in her back yard. It just happened figs were in season. Mary’s grandson picked a handful [...]
On the occasions when voting booths have been hauled out across this great land, one seasoned political entity has risen to the occasion, wrote Bonnie Benwick*, Washington Post staff writer, a few years back. A heavyweight! she teased, Dense, though. She was referring to Election Day Cake, sometimes called Hartford Election Cake. It bears some [...]
The Bigelow’s Scotch terrier was the first thing I spotted when I got out of our van. Frolicking among the company who gathered at the wiener roast Scott and Sue hosted on their back lawn, he commanded my attention. Groups of people played ladder golf and corn hole, and then there was Toby tottering excitedly [...]