What We Ate (Thanksgiving for Two)

In case you all were wondering, our ‘Thanksgiving for Two’ menu: Brined and slow-roasted bone-in turkey breast with homemade gravy Grandma Vera’s sage stuffing Port and cranberry gelée Kale salad with apples and hazelnuts Brown sugar-roasted sweet potatoes Homemade rolls Maple pot de crème Cardamom, orange, and chocolate ribbon cookies

Salty and Sweet (Chocolate-Covered Salted Caramels)

My good friend Sarah once told me that one of her favorite confections were Rolos.  I had to confess that they were on my list, as well.  What’s not to love, really?  Decadent chocolate and creamy caramel?  Pair one little Rolo with a cup of hot coffee or espresso and you have the perfect sweetContinue reading “Salty and Sweet (Chocolate-Covered Salted Caramels)”

Brownies Via Dorie and Katharine

I’ve mentioned this before on the blog, but Sunday evening is most often reserved for dinner with our friends, Pat and Holly.  We head over to their house with the pretense of watching whichever HBO show we’re following at the moment – right now it’s the beautifully violent Boardwalk Empire – but we always shareContinue reading “Brownies Via Dorie and Katharine”

Failures and Wins (Apple Cake with Bourbon, Cardamom, and Thyme)

When it comes to cooking and baking, I’m no quitter.  I will try and try again if something doesn’t work out.  In my last post you may have read that I had a terrible day in which most things went horribly wrong.  One of those things was a cake.  I wanted to bake a seasonalContinue reading “Failures and Wins (Apple Cake with Bourbon, Cardamom, and Thyme)”

To Conquer the Cookie

Growing up, my mother always seemed to bake the most perfect chocolate chip cookies.  I used to think her success was genetic, as my grandmother’s chocolate chip cookies were nothing short of life-changing.  Oh, how wrong I was when I tried to follow in their culinary footsteps.  I absolutely could not bake a decent chocolateContinue reading “To Conquer the Cookie”

Cake Walk

Always with the cake, right?  You’re thinking, “Geez, Sara, do you only bake cakes??  Can’t/won’t you do anything else??”  Of course I will.  But right now, I want to bake cakes.  Lots of them.  All the time.  I want to have a bake sale every day at my house.  Maybe even a cake walk, sortContinue reading “Cake Walk”

Most of the Time

“Most of the time…I can handle whatever I stumble upon.” This song by Bob Dylan came on my iTunes this morning as I was drinking my coffee, alone, in my living room.  I know it’s about a breakup, but that one line really hit home with me. Usually, I can handle whatever comes my way;Continue reading “Most of the Time”

One Scoop At A Time – Chocolate Mint Chip Ice Cream

Wow, you guys.  I am shocked at how long it has been since I’ve posted anything!  I’m super sorry!  I guess I was enjoying my summer off a little too much and time got away from me! Scott and I went to Florida a couple of weeks ago in order to celebrate our marriage withContinue reading “One Scoop At A Time – Chocolate Mint Chip Ice Cream”

Tarte Au Citron et Aux Amandes (Lemon and Almond Tart)

As the saying goes, “Imitation is the highest form of flattery.”  Now, I would never claim to have the culinary skills of the venerable Julia Child, but hey, I can imitate, and that’s good enough for me. I know, I know, you’re probably thinking, “Sara, we’ve already seen Julie and Julia, we don’t need toContinue reading “Tarte Au Citron et Aux Amandes (Lemon and Almond Tart)”

Strawberry Cake and Scrabble

I absolutely love America’s Test Kitchen and everything related to it.  I love the magazines, the cook books, the shows on public television – all of it.  I love that novice or expert chefs alike can try something new, knowing it has been tested and retested until it is “perfect.”  However, I also love thatContinue reading “Strawberry Cake and Scrabble”