A former colleague once made me business cards with the title “Cookie Queen.” I do make my fair share of cookies, and the rave reviews motivate me to keep my “title.” For this reason, I tackled the Cranberry Cookies from The Old Farmer’s Almanac Garden-Fresh Cookbook.read more
Today was a rainy, gloomy day, forcing my younger brother and me inside. We were completely bored. I soon realized that what our day needed was a delicious, home-cooked meal, so I opened up The Old Farmer’s Almanac Garden-Fresh Cookbook for some ideas.read more
September 22, 2011
I went apple picking this past weekend and came home with several bags of beautiful McIntosh apples. After making lots of applesauce I remembered a simple cake recipe that my mother used to make when she had extra apples.read more
September 15, 2011
I admit that I’m the one who put black beans in the brownies, and now . . . zucchini! You’re probably wondering, “Why can’t she just leave the brownies alone?” It’s all about guilt, my friends. If brownies are filled with veggies, they’re healthy, right?! OK, not really, but they are a little more nutritious for you. Plus, a coworker gifted me with an excess of zukes and I can only eat so much zucchini bread and soup.read more
August 25, 2011
Anyone who has ever grown or cooked with jalapeños will tell you: wear gloves. I hadn't done either until this past weekend, when a recipe for Mexican Chicken and Bean Soup called for four seeded and chopped jalapeno peppers.
As I pulled out the seeds and chopped the peppers bare-handed, I didn’t think much of it. After all, I was only chopping them, not eating them whole.read more
August 19, 2011
This Strawberry Lemonade is sweet but would be a refreshing drink on a hot summer afternoon. It would go nicely with something light, like a salad.
I brought this drink to a party, so I multiplied the recipe by six (to serve 18). Consequently, I needed a lot of lemon juice (6 cups), so I used the bottled type, which worked out fine.read more
July 23, 2011
My Almanac colleague showed me the best way to make blueberry pie: don't cook some of the berries so that they retain that super-fresh flavor. Here's how to make The Freshest Blueberry Pie recipe.read more
I brought these tasty little Marjoram Mushrooms to a potluck party—and they made a fun addition. I doubled the recipe for the event. Twenty-four “cute as a button” plump mushrooms sat there in rows, tempting passersby. Not a one was left at the end of the day.read more