Articles posted in ‘Holidays’

Abalone and Oyster Amuse

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

I hope no one is deterred by the word amuse, short for amuse bouche. It literally translates to mouth amuser, basically a one-bite hors d’oeuvres that is a gift from the chef. It can be as easy or as complicated as you want it to be, and you can really make just about anything into […]

Red Dumpling Sauce

Sunday, January 31, 2010

When I first realized that Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day is on the same day this year, I thought, oh no! Disastrous! Would I have to share my V-day with others? Would Chinese New Year get pushed aside at restaurants? The sky is falling! When the Chicken Little in me finally calmed down, I […]

Fortune Cookies with Love

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

We’re on a tight schedule of recipe themes here, moving right on from Superbowl, to Valentine’s Day, and don’t forget Chinese New Year (or Lunar New Year) is the same days as V-day this year. I knew as soon as I took my last bite of Un-fried Buffalo Wing, I’d start thinking about hearts and […]

Royal Icing Ornaments

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

We mentioned royal icing when we built our gingerbread house (station) last year. We used it like a glue to hold pieces together, and also as decoration, like piping windows and doors onto the gingerbread. But, you can make ornaments with royal icing too, and it’s a great activity for kids (or adults like me) […]

Holiday Gift Guide 2009

Monday, November 30, 2009

As soon as Thanksgiving dinner is inhaled, holiday shopping takes over. Some start at the stroke of midnight (sale at Woodbury Commons starts a midnight) while others were refining their wish lists at the dessert table. Some warm up their clicker finger for Cyber Monday and we’ve got our fingers crossed for a new apartment. […]

Cloud Topped Pumpkin Loaf

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

I’m so excited to tell you about my Cloud Topped Pumpkin Loaf. I think I may have come up with a totally new dessert! But I guess I have to admit that this all happened by accident. It’s all because I completely messed up the idea I had, failed horribly, total embarrassment to bakers. I […]

Cauliflower with Almonds, Cranberries, and Capers

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

I bookmarked this Michael Anthony (of Gramercy Tavern) cauliflower recipe on Smitten Kitchen, attracted by how interesting it is. Of course, everything on Smitten Kitchen looks delicious, but this was a recipe Michael Anthony created to convince his wife (when they first met) to like cauliflower. See, Lon does not like cauliflower, though I’ve tried […]

Roasted Butternut Squash, Pears, and Cranberries

Monday, November 2, 2009

By request of our friend Bill, I’m starting early on Thanksgiving recipes this year. As I thought about side dishes, I surprised myself with a general feeling of disgust. Do I dislike Thanksgiving? No, I do love Thanksgiving. Any holiday with lots of food is a friend of mine for sure. The problem is, a […]

Halloween Bones

Friday, October 30, 2009

Happy Halloween!
Our friend Marcos gave us an adorable little Halloween book, Goulish Goodies. If I got the story correctly, Marcos’ wife is a teacher and one of her students’ mother is the author, Sharon Bowers. It’s full of great ideas for Halloween treats, many that you can do with kids, and there’s enough in there […]

Mother’s Day 2009

Monday, May 11, 2009

We hope all mothers out there had a fabulous Mother’s Day! You deserve it!
Ever since I was a little elementary school kid, my mom tried to teach me that presents bought with money weren’t as valuable as those that showed thought and effort. This is partly because what she really wanted was for my brother […]