Apple Pecan Cake

I first made this cake for my son Christopher on his second birthday and, I must say, it’s a keeper. It’s from The New York Times Magazine, October 8th, 1989 and is redolent of the flavors and tastes of Fall. It really isn’t a very hard recipe (as my sister Kelley notes: “So says FoodieContinue reading “Apple Pecan Cake”

A Week of Triumph and Failure

So I’ve “fallen back” in time, which I (and I believe the rest of the world) hate with a passion. It gets dark so early! Real Simple advises some practical home maintenance advise to complete on this day. I did a couple of the suggested items- changing a/c filters and cleaning my coffee maker. ByContinue reading “A Week of Triumph and Failure”

3 Steps to make Berries Last Longer

Berries are one of the healthiest foods we can add to our diet. Full of antioxidants, nutrients and fiber, they fill our plate with the rainbow of colors nutritionists advise us to aim for. Berries are also very expensive, so it’s discouraging to spend a small fortune in the produce aisle, only to discover they’veContinue reading “3 Steps to make Berries Last Longer”

The Halloweeniests of Halloweens

This year, 2022, has been the Halloweeniests of Halloweens for me. It started off with buying candy corn in September. Buying Halloween Candy early never ends well for me, but I’m not particularly enthralled with candy corn, so it’s not much of a temptation. Now, peanut M & M’s or Milk Duds, and I’d beContinue reading “The Halloweeniests of Halloweens”

Melt-in-Your-Mouth Maple Cookies

I recently made these cookies, from the Lenox Bakery recipe ( and found them quite delicious, full of maple and autumn flavors. The original recipe was titled Monster Maple Cookies and were made with sugar eyeballs (I found at Winn Dixie), however, I put a toasted pecan atop one of them and that was AutumnContinue reading “Melt-in-Your-Mouth Maple Cookies”

An Invisible Thread

Well, the Scope cure didn’t last long. Zeke is back to snoring! I guess the menthol shock to his tonsils worked temporarily but apparently they adjusted, and the buzz saw is back to work. One thing that did last a long time was my stomach flu, which I had for a full six days! TheContinue reading “An Invisible Thread”

Amal Restaurant Review

How pretty is this? I remarked to my sister, when I walked into Amal, a Modern Lebanese restaurant in Coconut Grove. Walking into this space was like a breath of fresh air, with its high, lofty ceilings, neutral hues, wicker furniture, blue velvet chairs and white washed terra cotta pots filled with greenery. The graduatedContinue reading “Amal Restaurant Review”

Best Scrambled Eggs

I love eggs made all ways, but this is my new favorite way to make Scrambled Eggs, courtesy of famous chef Thomas Keller. I clipped it out of a Departures (Amex) magazine and it was to promote the Per Se and French Laundry chef’s All-Clad collection, but I made it in my non-stick Always Pan.Continue reading “Best Scrambled Eggs”

Musical Beds, Croquettas & Stone Crabs

I’ve stopped sleeping with my husband. Not in the biblical sense, but in the physical sense in that I’m no longer in the same bed in our bedroom. The reason? His incredibly loud snoring has been waking me up out of a deep slumber. I value my sleep and normally sleep quite well, but whenContinue reading “Musical Beds, Croquettas & Stone Crabs”

The Best Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

I’ve had this Roasted Chicken Noodle Soup recipe from Cooking Light magazine for years (actually October 1996) and it’s my absolute favorite. It’s different than a typical Chicken Soup Recipe, as it uses leftover chicken instead of starting with a raw chicken to make a broth. This makes it the ideal way to use upContinue reading “The Best Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe”