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Almond Butter Cookies

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

One of NPR’s great revelations recently (aside from my favorite story about the winged tree newt) was this recipe for Almond Butter Cookies. Read More


Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

The only way I could ever get my husband to eat a strawberry would be if I disguised it as a chocolate treat. For that matter, if I presented him with anything dipped in semisweet Valrhona chocolate—perhaps excluding broccoli or anchovies—he’d eat it with such speed and gusto, he wouldn’t realize what he’d actually consumed until it was well on its way to his small intestine. Read More


Mike’s Shortbread For Sleazy Cooks

Friday, April 13th, 2012

Even those who don’t think they love shortbread, actually do love shortbread. If they say they don’t like it, they are simply confused. Just force them to eat a piece of this, and watch their faces light up.

That’s one reason I like to make it, the other is that it is the perfect recipe for lazy ass cooks like me, because the recipe only has three ingredients, and since everyone is so crazy about the result, you get a lot of bang for your buck, meaning a lot more credit for baking expertise than you actually deserve. This really appeals to my sleazy side. Read More


2-Ingredient Chocolate Mousse

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

As those of you who know me know, I am thrilled by recipes that require few ingredients. That’s why my heart leapt when I read about the two-ingredient chocolate mousse. Read More



Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

I’m hoping that I get to go to heaven, because I’m told they’ve got a dessert bar there which offers your favorite desserts, 24/7. The chef just knows what you like; you walk up, she hands it to you. While she would definitely serve my husband a brownie with a side of chocolate ice cream, she’d be handing me (a devout vanilla head) one of these blondies, still warm from the oven… Read More


L.A. January Summer Pudding

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

Those of you who know me well have often heard me complain about the lack of seasonal change in L.A. Well, this week, when the temperature shot up over 80º and my bitch-o-meter responded accordingly, I made a New Year’s resolution to put on a new attitude. Read More


Holiday Cookies: Not Pretty

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

It’s time for the holiday cookie swap again, which always throws me into a semi-panic.

I have this idea that Christmas cookies should be artful, delicately scented and decorated to reflect the charms of the season. Not the big, crude mounds of heart-stopping content that usually emerge from my oven.

But this year I’ve decided to meet the cookie challenge by baking what I know, rather than attempting something that’s beyond my skill set and my patience level. Read More


The Crabby Community: Lazy Ass Husbands In Baltimore

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

It began at a cocktail party in Baltimore, at which three couples had a lively discussion about which of the husbands present was the laziest when it came to domestic work. None of the men cook, only two can handle a screwdriver, all are chore-phobic. After a few martinis, the guys offered to make up for years of slothfulness by preparing an elegant dinner for their long-suffering wives. Read More


Nora’s Butter-Free Oatmeal Cookies

Sunday, September 4th, 2011


Here’s a product that comes in very handy when a family member suddenly decides to try a dairy-free diet. This “buttery spread,” which is concocted from a variety of oils and other “all natural” ingredients (with no dairy or gluten involved), turns out to be a totally acceptable sub for the real thing. Read More


Dessert Chronicles: Call The Plummer

Friday, June 10th, 2011

Both my daughters are home from college. (Well, one has graduated, so she’s not home from college, she’s just home, for a measly two weeks before she goes to New York to start her Life.) One of the pleasures of having my girls here is that it gives me an excuse to make all kinds of desserts, which I never do when my nest is only occupied by Tom and myself. Read More

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