Baking Fail: Passover Pecan Bars

For all the wonderful, well lit food photos and glowing reviews of recipes you see on this blog, and other blogs you’ve bookmarked, there are hundreds and thousands of cooking and baking fails. I’m here to share my story.   I was on a Passover baking kick. I made Mandarin Orange Kugel for the Seder….

Mandarin Orange Passover Kugel

This year I signed up to the bring a fruit kugel to Passover. Before I saw my family’s shared Google Spreadsheet, I didn’t know there was a “Passover-safe” fruit kugel. There are seemingly endless options for savory kugels but in my search online for ‘fruit kugels for passover’ or ‘sweet kugels for passover’ I only…

Dill Salmon Patties

Imaginary conversation that took place in my head while making these: Imaginary person: Look at those great appetizers! Me: They would make great appetizers — except I made them for my son. Imaginary person: Wow, how old is your son? Me: Almost 14 months. And he LOVED them. — End Scene — Obviously that didn’t…

Pumpkin Bundt Cake with Orange Glaze

“No snow,” said radio. “No show,” said television. But snowflakes don’t listen to radio, snow flakes don’t watch television. All snowflakes know is snow, snow and snow… circling and swirling, spinning and twirling, dancing, playing, there and there. – ‘Snow’ by Uri Shulevitz This excerpt is from one of Max’s favorite books. It’s also seasonally…

Minestrone Soup

Something special has been happening in our house recently. Max has been eating the same food we do (for the most part)!  It is so exciting to, A.) see him feed himself handfuls of cheese, cheerios, bread, pretty much anything you put in front of him. Not to mention his ability to take huge bites…

Brie with Honey

Brie makes a great addition to any party spread. It’s a creamy crowd pleaser with lots of flavor (it’s most flavorful when at room temperature or warmed in the oven), it’s easy prepare and hard to mess up. Although sometimes, plain brie is not enough. You need to add some spark, some new flavor profiles,…

Cranberry Pie

Looking for a last minute holiday dessert? Look no further. This cranberry pie is like a cross between those seemingly healthy fruit oat bars (unless you consider copious amounts of butter and sugar healthy!) and pie. A densely packed, nutty, buttery crumble sits on top of a not-too-tart cranberry filling that is just delicious. Serve…

Butternut Squash Soup

A few weekends ago I went to a great brunch with great friends. On the table (which was a refurnished wood farm table. I’m not sure why I had to add that detail, but the host’s boyfriend refurbished it! I’m always impressed with crafty people.), we feasted on zucchini bread, a fritatta, fruit salad, corn bread,…

Fudgy Chocolate Sheet Cake

October is a great month. The weather really starts to turn towards fall. The mornings and evenings are cool, the days perfect and everyone still wants to be outside. There are two added, personal, bonuses in the month of October. The first is James’s birthday! The second is my grandmother’s birthday! James and Grandma Doe…

Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Taking pictures of food can be challenging. The challenges are different than, let’s say, taking a photo of an active baby. You would think food would be easier. Food is an inanimate object. It doesn’t move. It stays still and I have complete control over what they look like. And therein lies the problem. The…

Voila’s Vegetable Garden

Boy oh boy it’s been a long time. Since June 1 (the last time I posted): Max has gotten bigger, cuter and more adorable. He’s eating solids (loves carrots, not so keen on bananas), rolling over and has this squeal-of-happiness laugh that I adore; I turned 28 on July 17; and – here comes a…

Lentil Goat Cheese Bruschetta Dip

Remember that time back in March, a few days after we brought Max home, I wrote in this space that I thought I had time to work on a few side projects while on maternity leave? Welllll…… if my lack of posting on this blog in the last two months is any indication, almost none…