Wine Can Chicken on the Grill

In the six years since we’ve lived in our home we’ve been under renovations: gutting here and there, moving walls, replacing flooring. Our latest project has been to construct a modest addition onto the back of our house, blow out the wall, and make room for a kitchen. A real kitchen with a gas stove a hood fan and an island, nothing like the minute space that came with the kitchen that could only house an eighteen inch stove....more

Sauteed Artichokes

4 artichokes juice of one lemon cold water 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 tablespoon butter 1/4 cup white wine 3 cloves garlic zest 1 lemon (cut the lemon in half after zesting to rub the artichoke with) 1 tablespoon chopped parsley...more

Vanilla Swirl Cakery

Well here I go! Getting my feet wet writing about life in my world. Such an amazing place it can be...hmmm....and life's quirks I guess.  I've been told by my friends that I have a great sense of humor and see life a little differently. You know, from the lighter side. They love to hear my version of what happened in a situation because I am so animated that it makes the worst thing sound "not so bad". I am a single mother of three incredible children (I know, all parents say that....but mine really are!)....more

Size Doesn't Matter

The first cake I baked emerged a bit on the rare side from a tiny pink Easy-Bake Oven. I considered this marvel to be my kitchen – in other words, off-limits to my older brothers. It wasn’t huge and barely took up any space on our kitchen counter…but, it was mine. A sanctuary from which I believed would emerge masterpieces to amaze my friends and family.At eight years old I followed the directions to a tee:...more

Blueberry Cake

I’ve been a bit obsessed with making dessert lately. My sweet tooth is an established fact but I convince myself it’s not so unhealthy when I bake the treats as when I buy them. I’ve been thinking about brownies with caramel but suddenly realized it was foolish not to take advantage of the amazing fruit available right now. A quick scan of my recipe file brought up this favorite which I duly made for dinner on Memorial Day....more

The Most Amazing Chocolate Chip Cookie I Have Ever Had

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These look so good!more

Chocolate-Dipped Macaroons

A number of years back when I lived in Boston, there was a little corner bakery that I would often walk to for one of their chocolate-dipped macaroons....more

Tips and Tricks for Veggie Haters

Eat your vegetables! You need three to five servings of vegetables a day! I have been hearing this for as long as I can remember. The problem is…I hate veggies! Ok, I don’t hate all veggies, just most of them....more

Measuring a TBSP on stick butter