"And mamma in her 'kerchief..." (Tuesdays with Dorie Baking with Julia: Chocolate Mint Nightcaps)

"Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads.
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap."

(Poem credit: The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore)

Or something like that...


These Things (French Fridays with Dorie: Lamb & Dried Apricot Tagine(

These things I know to be true:

For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.

An object in motion will stay in motion unless an opposite force comes into play.

The sun rises in the east and sets in the west.

The older I get, the more aware I am of gravitational forces.

Snow + rain = bear to clean up. 

A bag of Jelly Belly jelly beans is not safe in my house.

Lamb on my dinner table will not get eaten.


Or something like that... (Tuesdays with Dorie Baking Chez Moi: The Rugelach that Won over France)

This week, Tuesdays with Dorie recipe from Dorie Greenspan's latest book, Baking Chez Moi, takes us down the fussy cookie road.

Dorie's Rugelach dons this particular cookie as the "Rugelach that won over France"...or at least a few French flight attendants.


Stuff on Toast... (French Fridays with Dorie: Tartine de Viande des Grisons)

As you can see this week's French Fridays with Dorie meal was served in the height of elegance. (Plastic eating utensils optional).

Stuff on toast...meet stuff on desk.

Sometimes, you need life to toss an easy one your way. 


Things we can do... (Tuesdays with Dorie Baking with Julia: Walnut Bread)

I've had bread on the brain the past couple of days.

When I first started making bread, I had one main goal - to be able to turn out a decent loaf of holiday bread. Holiday bread is pretty serious stuff in The Dude's family - something to be fought over. The ultimate goal was to be able to make it as well as his "Ma". 

I may never be able to turn out a loaf of holiday bread quite as good as Ma's; but hundreds of loaves of bread later, I think I can hold my own.

Ma E. left this earth a couple of days ago and took a little piece of us all with her; but she also left behind memories and traditions - these we will be able to keep with us through the days, months and years ahead.