Monthly Archives: August 2013

WEEKEND INDULGENCE: FIGGY FRENCH TOAST

No. I’m not going to presume to teach you to make French toast.  But I do want to show you a way to gild the lily.  Figs are involved.     Weekend. Just the very word bespeaks time.  Time spent … Continue reading

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SALTED LAVENDER-ROSEMARY SHORTBREAD

My connection to the 4th of July picnic people yielded me an invitation to a reception at their house here in town organized by a local environmental group.  When I responded to the invitation, I asked if I could bring something to … Continue reading

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FIFTY SHADES OF A SUMMER MORNING

Dear butter, we’re taking a break.  I love you, just not in summer.  You’re either too soft or too hard.  Or too much. Give me olive oil instead.  Always just right.  Neither too obvious, nor too subtle.  Happy to slip … Continue reading

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DAVID LEBOVITZ’S ROASTED FIGS

“FIGS!” I exclaimed out loud the other day when I came upon a display of them at the grocery store.  My outburst startled a woman near me, but instead of subtly side-stepping away as many do when I talk to … Continue reading

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IT’S TIME TO GO HOME

The wedding was beautiful.  I’d say I’ve never been more proud of my son, but that may be inaccurate; suffice it to say that he was the happiest person alive, which will continue to lend me a warm glow and … Continue reading

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PRE-REHEARSAL PANTRY PANZANELLA

“Congratulations! It’s a cake!” said the daughter as we finished the last tier and shoehorned it into the refrigerator.  She whipped cream in freezer-cold bowls while I brushed each layer with a brandied syrup and filled and iced them with … Continue reading

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