A Garden for the House

I'm a cook, gardener, domestic guru and the author of the shockingly-popular website  A Garden for the House.com. My recipes and gardening articles have appeared in dozens of newspapers and periodicals, including Garden Design Magazine.  A cookbook, Recipes from My Hudson Valley Kitchen, is scheduled for December, 2014 publication.

Make Your Own Crème Fraîche

Crème Fraîche (pronounced, more less, krem fresh) is the mild tasting, French version of sour cream. A small dollop makes a gorgeous garnish for hot or cold soup. A great big dollop is always welcome on a baked sweet potato ....more

Easy, Elegant, Make-Ahead Cocktail Appetizers!

Hosting a New Year's Eve party? Take my advice, and make your appetizers well in advance. This way, you won't be trapped in the kitchen while your guests are wearing lamp shades sipping champagne in another room....more

Fabulous Almond Butter Cookies (GF)

I made these cookies the other day, and thought they were fabulous in every way: tender-crisp, beautifully-perfumed, and only subtly-sweet. They are also gluten-free, and a cinch to make! Where to find almond butter? ...more

Make Your Own Almond Butter

Organic almond butter is orgasmically-delicious. It's the key component in my favorite pasta dish, as well as some magnificent gluten-free cookies. You can buy the butter at better supermarkets, or produce it right in your own kitchen ....more

Blue Mixer Giveaway!

This week, to thank you for reading my cooking, housekeeping and gardening articles, I'm giving away a pretty blue mixer! I have this very same cobalt-blue KitchenAid "Artisan" mixer in my own kitchen. I'd be lost without it! ...more

Christmas: How to Decorate A Mantel

WHAT'S MY FAVORITE DECEMBER CHORE? Decorating the fireplaces in this 19th century house. For a Victorian look, I deck the mantels with evergreen boughs and lots of fresh, colorful fruit ....more

A Walk in the Snow

My property is a sea of white once again, thanks to the nor'easter that roared through New York's Hudson Valley on Wednesday. Feel like romping through the snow? Then by all means join me on this brrrr-isk and brrr-ief garden tour: We are in the front yard now, with a view of the house ....more

Lemon and Rose Madeleines

Apparently I'm on a French dessert kick. Last week, I deep-fried a lovely batch of Merveilles. And yesterday, I made a dozen Madeleines ....more

Ten Make-and-Bake Holiday Gifts!

What do I want for Christmas? Well, I want world peace, of course. And civil rights for all ....more

My Birthday… and A Giveaway!

Today, because my birthday falls on December 7...because Christmas is fast-approaching...and because you really need to have one...I'm giving away a castle-shaped cake pan! I know what you're thinking. "A castle cake is for four-year-old princesses." But you are wrong, my dear ....more