cookie jar: pumpkin cookies with brown butter icing

pumpkin cookies with brown butter icing

October 30th, 2014

Our little neighborhood does it up right. In addition to our block parties (for which I’ve made these and these), we have started some sweet traditions for our VERY favorite holiday – Halloween. It started last year with a munchkin parade that ended at a neighbor’s house for drinks and treats. And this year we […]


halloween “in the house”: cheesecloth ghosts!

cheesecloth ghosts

October 28th, 2014

As we decorated the house for Halloween and I pulled these out I realized that I’ve never shared them here! These ghosts (courtesy of Martha Stewart) are probably my favorite decorations, and they are insanely simple to make too! Here’s how: Styrofoam mannequin heads (available at wig/beauty supply stores or on-line) Cheesecloth (two standard-size packages […]


local flavor: “phoebe g. green” book launch party!

phoebe g. green

October 24th, 2014

I am beyond excited to be part of the launch party for my friend Veera’s new chapter book series! Veera Hiranandani has penned a food-centered chapter book series, “Phoebe G. Green”, and she will be hosting a panel discussion on food for kids and out-of-the-box school lunch ideas. Joining me on the panel are chef-owner Matthew Karp of Plates and […]


nyc-etc: everything old is…

midtown manhattan

October 23rd, 2014

When I was growing up, going into Manhattan from Brooklyn meant one of two things: Chinatown (every Sunday for dinner), or “Uptown”. My dad worked in advertising in midtown and I loved walking around the neighborhood that comprised Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Saks Fifth Avenue. Back then there was no Soho. No Tribeca. […]


halloween “in the house”: vampire teeth!

vampire teeth

October 21st, 2014

I love these: And while I wouldn’t call anything involving mini marshmallows “healthy”, it is Halloween after all – and at least you’ve got apples and nut butter, no? This would work just as well with Nutella or speculoos (homemade if you’re feeling it) too. Boo! Vampire “Teeth” (makes 8; may be doubled or tripled) […]


d.i.y.: pies ‘n thighs chicken biscuits!

pies n thighs chicken biscuits

October 16th, 2014

So remember the grated butter tip from a few weeks back? Well here are those biscuits I promised! The how-to is on Babble right now and you are going to LOVE it! There’s also a recipe for Pies N Thighs best-fried-chicken ever, and a honey butter you’ll want to slather on everything…… Later this month […]


halloween “in the house”: slime!

slime for halloween

October 14th, 2014

Update, October 2015: So Noah wanted me to make this again for his class this year. After some annoying clumping with the guar gum, I finally figured out that the easiest way to mix it is to put it in a small strainer and tap it slowly into the water (stirring constantly). Worked like a […]


putting your garden to bed

putting your garden to bed

October 9th, 2014

Fact:most gardeners – including yours truly – LOVE gardening. Fact: most gardeners – including yours truly – secretly LOVE the end of the gardening season. Yes, I love my gardens. Yes, I (mostly) love tending to my gardens. But by October? I’m done. I need a break from the relentless neediness  that my gardens require, and […]


halloween “in the house”: monster pencils

monster pencils

October 7th, 2014

Happy October all! This month, Tuesdays will be turned over to all things Halloween. As you know, we take this holiday very seriously, and I’m always looking for fun treats and ideas to share with you! First up? These adorable monster pencils from The 36th Avenue won my heart for so many reasons. First, they […]


101: wardrobe transitioning (summer to fall)

101: wardrobe transitioning (summer to fall)

October 2nd, 2014

So when I wrote this post back in spring – about wardrobe transitioning from winter to spring – I figured it would cover the reverse too. You know, summer to fall. But it’s actually a little different. It’s still been quite mild here in New York, yet the outfits I lived in all summer feel […]