Rose Water Marshmallows

Rosewater Marshmallows

I admit it; I hibernated. I will avoid a rehash of the longest, hardest winter I remember ever in my life and get to the task at hand:  blogging.

Rose Water Marshmallows are a tribute to surviving the above mentioned winter and an homage to the eager anticipation of Spring.  The Spring rose of food coloring  is peeking through the snow sprinkle of confectioner’s sugar. Perfect. Spring has been peeking at us little by little even during a March 26th blast of snow.

Crocuses and Snow

I tasted them and immediately understood Confection as “a delicacy made with sweet ingredients.”  They are beautiful to look at and really unlike anything I’ve ever tasted. Yes, a marshmallow, but with that hint of rose flavor from the rose water they are unique and special…just like Spring. Continue reading

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Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Tracy

Peeled Butternut SquashPeeled and Chopped Butternut SquashButternut Squash Soup

I think a lot.  I think a lot about this blog. I love it because it makes me think, but there is definitely that line of overthinking that brings me to paralysis. I can’t believe the paralysis wears off and now there are 62 posts here. 62!  I can’t believe it.

Inspiration is my favorite word of 2013. These things and more keep my passion fired up:

  • Rob earning his MASTER’S DEGREE (totally deserves bold and all caps and more)
  • Shane playing hockey (“on skates” …enough said)
  • Nate becoming a man (swallowing a huge throat lump here)
  • Growing things in our garden
  • Practicing power yoga alone (wow, I can do it!) or in a group (we rock!)
  • FOOD:  talking about, reading about, cooking it, sharing/blogging it!

What inspired you this past year? Continue reading

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Apple Cider Caramels

Apple Cider Caramels

‘Tis the season for Apple Cider Caramels.  I love the slightly salty-chewiness of Fleur de Sel Caramels, but surprised myself by loving these even more with their smooth, buttery caramelness and  ”bang-zoom” apple cider/cinnamon punch.  Once made, I have to go to great lengths to hide them:  there’s no way to keep it a secret with the smell of apple cider wafting through the house and that’s when my family vultures start circling!

The caramel making process is photographed and outlined in my Fleur de Sel Caramel post and this recipe is ever so slightly easier.  For wrapping, either buy the cellophane wrappers which will save a lot of time and are worth the money – about $14 for 1,000.  Or, cut up fifty, 4 inch squares of waxed or parchment paper.

Once upon a time, if you asked me what my favorite candy was, it would’ve been anything chocolate.  Now, it’s these.  I can hide them from my family, but how do I hide them from myselfContinue reading

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A Series of Sides: Collard Green Gratin with Meg

Collard Green Gratin

One Monday morning a few weeks ago, my friend Meg and I arrived at work saying to each other in unison, “did you see the new issue of Bon Appetit”?  Our mouths watered over practically every page with delights like Salt and Pepper Biscuits, Roasted Cauliflower with Lemon-Parsley Dressing and…Introducing Your Thanksgiving Menu to Duck Fat (shut up!). The following Monday morning, Meg let me know she made the Collard Green Gratin. And you didn’t bring me any??!!  She brought it to a friend’s dinner party, bless her heart.  Oh, and of course she tweaked it just a bit. Continue reading

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A Series of Sides: Autumn Slaw

Autumn Slaw

Next in the “Series of Sides”,  this Autumn Slaw features raw brussels sprouts (yes!), radicchio and fennel.  I resisted the urge to add more ingredients and was really pleased with the results.  I already knew how the radicchio and fennel would taste, but wanted to see how the brussels sprouts would stand up to a simple dressing of olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Continue reading

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