The Mix-Fix: Date Paste as a Peanut Butter Substitute

He took up his book again. “Very good, electricity and heat are the same thing; but is it possible to substitute the one quantity for the other in the equation for the solution of any problem?”

 Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy


Can you believe it’s December already? We were just making resolutions for 2016; now Thanksgiving is over, and Christmas is upon us.

Which brings us to date paste. Read More »

autumn sign

10 of My Favorite Fall Fruits and Vegetables

Anne reveled in the world of color about her.

“Oh, Marilla,” she exclaimed one Saturday morning, coming dancing in with her arms full of gorgeous boughs, “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers. It would be terrible if we just skipped from September to November, wouldn’t it?” Anne of Green Gables, by L. M. Montgomery



Autumn has finally arrived, and I’m all atingle and aglow with sheer happiness!

I know fall officially arrived in September; however, the heat and droughty summer in my neck of the woods hadn’t left me with much foliage to feast my eyes upon.

autumn forestBut in the past week, things have begun to brighten up. Splotches of bronze and crimson are flaring up here and there; muggy days and heat waves seem to finally be behind me; and grocery stores and farmers’ markets are bursting with fall produce. Yippee!

To celebrate, I’ve put together 10 of my favorite fall fruits and vegetables (in no particular order, as that would be almost impossible to decide—and this post would never get up!).

You’ll find links to some of my own recipes, and also recipes from great sites from around the web. Get ready to set your kitchen buzzing with the smells and tastes of autumnal delights.

Lets dig in!Read More »

bag of fruits and veggies

Two Great Ways to Enjoy Summer’s Bounty into Fall



“When the winter came the Grasshopper had no food, and found itself dying of hunger, while it saw the ants distributing every day corn and grain from the stores they had collected in the summer.” –“The Ant and the Grasshopper,” Aesop’s Fables


I can’t deny it any longer.

Summer is winding down.

Hard to believe August is nearly halfway done! Where did the summer go?Read More »

chestnuts and artichoke

The Two New Foods I Tried (and What I Went Through to Eat Them)

“You are like a chestnut-burr, prickly outside, but silky-soft within, and a sweet kernel, if one can only get at it. Love will make you show your heart some day, and then the rough burr will fall off.” Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott



In the spirit of eating more new foods in 2016, chestnuts and artichokes are officially scratched off my “Never Tried” list. And let me tell you something about chestnuts and artichokes:Read More »

vintage-looking kitchen

10 Pantry Essentials I Can’t Live Without

“My first act before I went into the pantry was to fasten the door between the kitchen and the scullery. But the pantry was empty; every scrap of food had gone.” The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells

Hello, again!

How is 2016 going for you so far? Sticking to your resolutions?

For this post, I’m sharing with you the must-haves in my cupboards and pantry. With these ten pantry essentials, I’m ready to tackle any cooking or baking escapade that strikes my fancy.Read More »

happy new year 2016

Food and My New Year’s Resolution

First, what did yesternight deliver?
“Another year has gone for ever.”
“Sketch-New Year’s Day [1790]” by Robert Burns

Happy New Year to you!

How did you spend New Year’s Eve? Did you face crowds and traffic for a celebratory excursion? Did the party come to you? Are you guilty of pigging out on more goodies than were good for you? (Raises hand.)

Did you make resolutions, ignoring the voice in the back of your mind taunting, “Why bother?”

Well, I made one I certainly intend to keep—one that will force that niggling, inner voice to eat her words.Read More »

chocolate fudge square

Fudging It: Quick Fudge or Old-Fashioned?

“Shirley was wishing for some of my fudge the other day—the Susan brand, as he called it—and I said ‘The first victory there is to celebrate I shall make you some.’ ” Susan Baker, Rilla of Ingleside, by Lucy Maud Montgomery


I’m debating whether to avoid a debacle.

messy chefYes, you read right. I’m wondering if I should or should not bring about a sweet, gloppy fiasco.Read More »

old-fashioned woman at stove

The Mix-Fix: 5 Food Tips for Thanksgiving Bliss

’T will ever sing the song they sung
That first Thanksgiving Day:
“Praise ye the Lord with fervent lips,
Praise ye the Lord to-day;”
So rose the song from all the ships,
Safe moored in Boston Bay.”—“The Thanksgiving in Boston Harbor” by Hezekiah Butterworth

Less than a week till Thanksgiving . . . a week until family and food come together in a festive celebration of gratitude.

Right now, you’re probably in the midst of plans and preparations. You’re caught in a grip of chaos.

Relax. Here’s some tips that will give you more time to sit back and count your blessings.Read More »

Which Brands of Pots and Pans?

               Oh, I’ve been up and down (said he) and round about also . . .
From Sydney to the Skagerack, and Kiel to Callao . . .
With a leaking steam-pipe all the way to Cali-forn-i-o . . .

                                                                                             “With pots and pans and ivory fans and every kind of thing,”–“British Merchant Service” by C. Fox Smith


No, that can’t be right . . .

Let me take another look . . .

Yup. No doubt about it.Read More »