Ways of celebrating the new year differ according to customs and religions of the world.
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 […]