Perfect Pies…

pieWe’re smack dab in the middle of holiday madness, pies are flying in and out of ovens, so it seems like a good time to talk a little bit about crusts and fillings. This Thanksgiving I felt as though I nailed the crust and filling of a fruit pie to the point that I wanted to share my success. Continue reading

Cold Brewed Blackberry Iced Tea


Even though I can feel the nip in the air today, and we had a spot of rain last night, it was a toasty Halloween weekend. We keep returning to the warmth of Indian Summer weather, but it feels like we should be way past that by now. And as intriguing as warmth might seem to those in colder parts of the world, most of the folks I talk to are ready to move on. But, as long as we’re sweating like fiends, something cool is always nice. Continue reading

Delectable Dolmas

finsihed2Dolmas are one of those foods I had to grow into as an adult. Like beets (too red), and avocados (too mushy)–dolmas, with their unappetizing dark green color and oily exterior were a big no-no for a long, long time. Then… not that many years ago, I had Haig’s dolmas, and my thoughts on the subject were transformed. I didn’t just come to like them, I became addicted to them. Continue reading