Holiday

Hanukkah Rainbow Cookies

Hanukkah Rainbow Cookies

I made beautiful ombré holiday cookies a couple of years back, taking inspiration from Bon Appetit.  This year I made Hanukkah Rainbow Cookies!  And they are possibly the most beautiful cookies I’ve ever made, receiving lots of social media love.  So here is a lot […]

Let the Holiday Bling-a-thon Begin

Let the Holiday Bling-a-thon Begin

I love these Nicely Festive shoes from Irregular Choice.  In fact, I love a whole lot of their crazy shoes.  Their styles are this wacky version of exaggerated whimsy and impracticality.  (And they clearly label shoe materials, which is a plus.)  Trouble is, they cost […]

Thanksgiving 2017

Thanksgiving 2017

I love to cook for hours. It’s true. Give me time, space, and the radio and I’ll happily create numerous dishes from scratch with loving care. This Thanksgiving my goal was to use a lot of the ton of pumpkin puree I have. So I […]

Pumpkin Pieces

Pumpkin Pieces

This is how I look when I wake up… next to a pretty large pumpkin I would go on to process.  I used my head for scale, though I kind of have a big head. Processing pumpkin is one of my favorite seasonal rituals.  The […]

Undead in Reading, Pennsylvania

Undead in Reading, Pennsylvania

A friend and I were official registered zombies for the 5K obstacle course Zombie Mud Run in Reading, Pennsylvania, part of the 26-year running premiere haunted attraction Shocktoberfest.  Our task: arrive early, become a zombie… and grab the brains, heart and entrails (flags) of the registered human […]

Unlabor Days are Over: Last Cabana Days

Unlabor Days are Over: Last Cabana Days

So what if it was cold and overcast? The last weekend before the new school year is time to hit the cabana and hold on tight.  That means eats, too.  Cous cous salad with kale, basil and tomatoes from the garden. The last of the […]

Independence Day 2017

Independence Day 2017

A birthday this big requires a great cake. So, I will make one.  These colors are from the Rockville Centre Farmers Market. Happy Birthday, U.S.A.! Ok, more sweet treats for America with the leftover batter and berries. These are for my parents. And some pyrotechnics… […]

(Ghosts of) Christmas Past

(Ghosts of) Christmas Past

Balsam Fir Yule log/Tree Torturing Franky Catnip wine, just out of reach L: Failed bundt cake; R: New York-style crumb cake

November’s Blur

November’s Blur

For perspective, a stop at Long Island National Cemetery during menial errands on Veterans Day. So many lives. Savory crepes at Lil Choc Apothecary before Choir! Choir! Choir! in Brooklyn. Pulling beets prematurely. Educating the youths.Soon after he raked the yard. #futureman Dinner party planning with the […]

Through the Night With the Light From Above {Backyard/Independence Day 2016}

Through the Night With the Light From Above {Backyard/Independence Day 2016}

Porno for pyros Pink, white & teal, close enough Fountainhead Marshmallow meringue parfaits Independent lunch–Field Roast burger, potato salad, corn on the cob Black-eyed Susan up, with ladybug superfly friend A Big Galoot snuck in to cool off. So handsome. Lilies are up. Tomatoes dropping […]

Father’s Day Cake

Father’s Day Cake

I look forward to making my Dad’s Father’s Day cake every year. My Dad, known for always ordering the weirdest thing on the menu, will try it all. So I enjoy the cake inspiration the special day inspires. This year, a coconut lemon bundt cake […]

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day

                I get my beautiful brown bangs from mom, as evident in this picture of my Mom and her twin brother on trike patrol. On her day, my mother requested a chocolate cake with vanilla icing. So that […]

My Frosty Valentine

My Frosty Valentine

With record cold this Valentine’s morning, the windows were intricately frosted by Mother Nature. The Atlantic ocean in the winter from the Robert Moses Causeway. Orchids are beautiful–and other such understatements. You are my Everything. A batch of Brooklyn’s Dunwell‘s. At like 1030 on Sunday, they […]

“Very clever dinner. Appetizing food fit neatly into interesting round pie. (It’s a Quiche.)”

“Very clever dinner. Appetizing food fit neatly into interesting round pie. (It’s a Quiche.)”

A quiche with a shredded potato crust? It’s just enough effort for the special occasion of New Years. I never made a quiche before! And with VeganEggs in my pantry taking up space, this was the best way to jumpstart the annual pantry turnover. Quiches need […]

My <i>Empire</i> of <i>Dirt</i>

My Empire of Dirt

Every now and again, walking through her streets, I remember that this city is the best one in the country… that the books and movies and art and culture and subculture that praise her are for good reason. And I am grateful to have known […]

Vegan Holiday Treats For Sweets

Vegan Holiday Treats For Sweets

I hadn’t made vegan rainbow cookies for years! And since then my baking skills and kitchen set-up has improved a great deal. With dessert duty for a work potluck and inside the inspiration of the holiday cookie issue of Bon Appétit, I had to step it up. I […]

Home Tidbits {Pictorial}

Home Tidbits {Pictorial}

Upcycled bread box. Yellow and teal. “You don’t bring me flours anymore.” Coke bottle crate spice holder. Vintage aesthetic / modern function. Animals on plates. Black radish heart procession. In the train, out at the station, the slither of pink sunset. Christmas is here. Fir on […]

Classroom Pumpkins Transformation

Classroom Pumpkins Transformation

Every year I take home the pumpkins in my classroom and turn them into cupcakes, highlighting the delicious circle of life.  After baking the different pumpkin varieties until tender, I scoop out the flesh… …and blend away in the food processor. Ok, so I processed one of […]

Dia de los Muertos

Dia de los Muertos

For Joseph Roth, 1973-2013 Once upon a time a bunch of misfits managed to find each other in the suburban sprawl of Long Island. They were different in many ways from those around them. But together they belonged–finally–in a way that required no conformity, no […]

Dia de los Muertos

Dia de los Muertos

For Joseph Henry Piecuch, 1979-2014 People can live in your mind–nourished, lively, protected from violent forces like time, distance, and reason. They bolster an assortment of ideas: Hope, love, fate. Woven to these forces and ideas, they become one, powerful and purposeful, an extension of […]

Spooooky.

Spooooky.

Ever since I’ve made successful meringues, I’ve imagined this cake (with the help of various seasonal blog posts): bright white spooky ghosts rising from a chocolate ground. As it sometimes works out: In my head, it was much better than reality. The cake was a […]

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Sweet eats for me on Valentine’s Day: Box of Divine Treasures chocolates. Red velvet pancakes at Champs Diner A box of Dun-well Doughnuts Happy Valentine’s Day!