here’s the nice.

meringue stars

December 31st, 2012

Okay. They’re not exactly health food. But compared to my last post they’re pretty angelic, no? And they are fat-free and gluten-free, which is about as close to “nutritious” as it’s going to get here….. And how perfect will these be, with some champagne at midnight tonight? Happy New Year – I hope it’s lovely. […]


milky way brownies. yes.

milky way brownies

December 29th, 2012

These are possibly the most ridiculous things I’ve ever baked. I mean, really ridiculous. Even for me. Who has given you this. And this. And let’s not forget these. But the people have spoken. And by people, I mean the sugar-fueled guests who come searching for me at parties where these are served, asking, “WHAT […]


short. and sweet. and easy. and…


December 23rd, 2012

….delicious. Okay, so you need one more quick and easy holiday cookie? Really? The bars weren’t enough? I hear you. And I bring you shortbread. In baking terms,”short” refers to a cookie that has a high proportion of fat to flour. From The Kitchn: “Usually these short doughs are very rich, crumbly, and tender with butter. […]


mighty modern

palm springs

December 21st, 2012

As many of you know, I’m a fan of obsessed with “Mad Men”. I love everything about it – the story lines, the characters and most of all, the art direction. It is all magnificent, and confirms for me that I was truly born in the wrong time. But the episode that sent me over […]


a baker’s dozen, part two

baking equipment

December 19th, 2012

Here’s part two of my baking must–haves!  I got so much great feedback from the first post, and I especially enjoyed reading about your favorites – many of which, I’m happy to say, are right here! metal bowls/pyrex measuring cups/cooling racks/parchment paper/cookie spatula/mini loaf pans Metal mixing bowls: I have a range of metal bowls, from  6″ […]


just a pinch: salt

popcorn with truffle salt

December 17th, 2012

So this is my last “just a pinch” post – did you enjoy the series? I hope so; I really enjoyed sharing it. It has definitely heightened my awareness of, and appreciation for, the difference that using the highest quality of seemingly mundane ingredients can make in my cooking. And baking. And popcorn. Yes, this […]


couple of things

seeding pomegranates

December 14th, 2012

Happy Friday! I am swamped! The holidays are so hectic – I feel like I”m running around with barely a chance to stop, catch my breath and just enjoy all of the wonderful moments. I’ve been collecting some great tips and links to share, and finally sat down last night to put them all together […]


raise the bar

Chocolate Chip Bars With a Salty Pretzel Crust

December 12th, 2012

Bar cookies? A baker’s “secret weapon”! Here are my tips for making the best bars – including these chocolate chip bars with a salty pretzel crust!


a baker’s dozen, part one

a baker's dozen, part one

December 10th, 2012

Most people assume that I have a kitchen full of fancy baking utensils and gadgets. I don’t. In fact, I bet I have fewer items than you think, and most are not expensive or fussy at all. Over the 25+ years I’ve been baking, I’ve learned that you don’t need an arsenal of equipment to […]


RedLaser, you complete me.

RedLaser, you complete me.

December 7th, 2012

This post is brought to you by RedLaser. Get the free app at RedLaser. With three children – all of wildly different ages, stages and genders – there is little to no overlap when it comes to holiday shopping. And time these days is in as short supply as ever. And is it me, or do […]