favor-“ette”: a quick cake tip

honey cake with sugar coating

September 30th, 2014

Wow – so many of you made this honey cake last week – which makes me very happy! Even better? A bunch of you wrote and asked about the sugar-y looking coating around the top and sides. Which reminded me of a tip I’ve been using ever since I saw it in Cook’s Illustrated a […]


favor-“ette”: the secret to perfectly flaky biscuits (and pie dough too!)


September 23rd, 2014

I’ve been obsessing over biscuits lately (stay tuned for the best chicken-and-biscuits ever). Something about warm, flaky biscuits, slathered with butter – well, yum. The thing is, that no matter how gently and quickly I handled the dough my biscuits never came out as tender and flaky as I wanted. And then I read about […]


cookie jar: salted oatmeal white chocolate cookies

salted oatmeal white chocolate cookies

September 18th, 2014

Fun fact #1: I LOVE white chocolate Fun fact #2: In the 3 1/2 years I’ve been writing this blog, I’ve included exactly ZERO white chocolate recipes. Sure, there was this – but, really? We can do SO much better. Like this: I think, because exactly ZERO members of my family like white chocolate as […]


pop! goes my summer: a postscript, of sorts

s'mores sundaes

September 17th, 2014

When I started this series, way back at the beginning of summer, I was convinced that I would have my share of fails. But – much to my surprise – each and every pop was truly delicious. Some more than others (hello, Oreo milkshake pops!), but each one pretty much a success. Except one. My […]


cinnamon sugar breakfast puffs

cinnamon sugar breakfast puffs

September 16th, 2014

Summer weekends are a mad dash to get out the door and start the day – so breakfasts are typically quick and easy. But the minute the air turns crisp I inevitably seek out weekend breakfasts that are a bit more indulgent. Food that begs for lingering over the papers, and great smells coming from […]


nyc-etc: governors island

governors island

September 15th, 2014

When I think about my very favorite places in New York, there are many differences among them – but a few important similarities. Mainly that they are all uniquely “New York”. Yes, the High Line could be re-created in any city that has an elevated train track (and it was actually inspired by one in […]


pop! goes my summer: hot cocoa popsicles

hot cocoa popsicles

September 10th, 2014

Well, it’s here. My last “pop” post for the season. Welp. So I thought it would be fun to re-visit my very first popsicle – which also happened to be my very first post! Welp. For this version of hot cocoa popsicles I used cocoa powder instead of chopped chocolate, and added layers of mini chocolate […]


101: juicing (without a juicer)

grapefruit carrot ginger juice

September 8th, 2014

While I never make New Year’s resolutions, there ARE times of year that evoke the need for change. Sometimes it’s just a tweak, other times it’s major. This fall I’ve taken stock of the major life shifts around me (girl moved out, boy #1 heading to college, boy #2 off to kindergarten), and am trying […]


blove: chalk white arrow

blove: chalk white arrow

September 4th, 2014

I can’t believe I’m just getting to this blog now, as it’s one of the very first I started reading. all photos courtesy of Sara Charlesworth Chalk White Arrow is a gorgeous lifestyle blog, penned by Sara Charlesworth. There are lovely travel pieces, delicious and simple recipes, photos of her small but beautifully curated home, […]


pop! goes my summer: oreo milkshake pops

oreo milkshake pops

September 3rd, 2014

Well there’s clearly NO stopping me. First day of school was this week, and it was the first day of over 90 degree weather we’ve had ALL summer! Of course this was the day I rode the school bus (unairconditioned) with Noah, on his first day of kindergarten. And sat in a basement assembly room […]