Is it really Monday?

Is it really Monday?

I’m back from Italy so full of carbs and wine and beauty and laughter and espresso and friendship that it’s hard to focus. That might also be the jet lag. I was in true vacation mode, meaning I actively avoided any news or other connections…

Deep Dish Spring Pie

Deep Dish Spring Pie

Last weekend Spring arrived here in Vermont, late, but all at once. The day before spring arrived the heat was still on and there was fresh snow on the ground in the morning. It was disheartening. So I did one thing that I could do…

Spring Monday

Spring Monday

I don’t know what it was like where you live but spring arrived here in Vermont ALL AT ONCE this past weekend. Snow flakes were swirling Friday morning, but by Saturday morning? Everything you expect during spring; sunshine, buds appearing, the willow tree has that…

Pear Cardamom Bread

Pear Cardamom Bread

This experiment started, as perhaps all great experiments do, with something that needed to get used or it was going to waste. In this case, it was pears. You know how pears are perfectly perfect and delicious? For about 45 minutes? They are always too…

Mucky Monday

Mucky Monday

Hoo-wee is it miserable outside today. Rain and ice rain and sleet rain and snow ice. My house, car, driveway, road are all completely encased in a nice thick layer of ice. I know spring is out there because I just caught sight of a…

Coq au Vin

Coq au Vin

Well, we (as in the hubby) did a thing this week. On request, recipe provided, Coq au Vin was made. Hubby FOLLOWED ALL THE DIRECTIONS. Which, if you know him at all, never happens. But this was a special request and the pressure was on.…

Mom’s Muesli

Mom’s Muesli

Do you have any recipes that are so familiar they don’t even feel like recipes? I mean, this isn’t anything that’s cooked and is only eyeballed anyway. I guess this is how real chefs feel about all kinds of food they prepare. Baker-me is a…

Just Another Manic Monday

Just Another Manic Monday

Channelling a little of The Bangles this morning as we prepare to head out on a vacation later this week. I’ve got that running list in my head, you know the one: what you need to pack for the dog to go to your Dad’s,…

St. Patrick’s Day, 2004

St. Patrick’s Day, 2004

I’ve been thinking a lot about our inn these last few days as we near the one year anniversary of the sale. Which also means we are nearing the anniversary of when we first opened our doors. (In a complete fluke of timing, our sale…

Simple (or Not So Simple) Soda Bread

Simple (or Not So Simple) Soda Bread

I made a loaf of soda bread the other day, and thought, as I often do when making soda bread, why doesn’t everyone make soda bread all the time? It is criminally easy to make. Quick. Can be as plain as you want it to…