Sunday, November 30, 2008

POST-ELECTION CONFESSIONS : It’s More Than Just About Food

Political Exile, Political Refuge



I have to confess that the months, then weeks, then days, even hours leading up to the Presidential Election 2008 I did quite a lot of Nervous Baking. Cake, cookies, muffins, pies. Comfort baking. Comfort food. It kept me sane and focused. It kept me busy and kept me from running through the house pulling my hair and screaming from the sheer tension and angst.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

GREEK SPINACH-FETA & MOROCCAN LAMB TRIANGLES

A LITTLE GEOMETRY - MY COOKING IS SHAPING UP

A few weeks ago, our neighbor Manu came over for a glass of wine before dinner, accompanied by his delightful and mischievous 3-year-old daughter Rosalie. I pulled out all of the usual aperatif olives and store-bought crackers. But give me any reason at all to cook or bake and I will. It is yet another chance to try a new recipe on an unsuspecting guinea pig or elicit oohs and ahs from admiring crowds (well, just a little leeway for exaggeration please....).

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

GLAZED APPLE LATTICE COFFEE CAKE

APPLE OF MY EYE 

Mmmm...Autumn is definitely apple season. Warm, glazed coffee cake with the surprising tang of orange, a masterful hint of cardomom and nutmeg. Slice into the cake and see the golden apple filling and catch the scent of cinnamon. What comforts us more on these chilly fall days than a slice of homemade cake laden with apples and filling our home with the aroma of the holidays? I can't imagine ever rolling out of bed so early in the morning as to be able to put this recipe together in time to serve it for a weekday breakfast before everyone rushes off to school or office, but it is the perfect project for a lazy Saturday or Sunday morning. Watching the dough rise. Slicing apples. Braiding, waiting and baking. And watching their faces as you put it on the table next to the pot of hot coffee and tall glasses of cold milk for that afternoon snack or holiday treat.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

PUMPKIN PIE

CONFESSIONS : Return to Autumn

I started this blog several months ago and then - stopped -. Lots just started happening in my life and hadn’t quite mastered the whole blog thing, mostly the technical side of it. Then came summer and so much started to happen at once.

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