10 09, 2017

Twix Truffle Brownies

By | 2017-09-10T15:58:15+00:00 September 10th, 2017|brownies, desserts|0 Comments

Oh, those Super-Bloggers, the ones with the big cameras. They dangle their decadent brownies in front of us. Sometimes those brownies turn out terrible. I'm happy to report: this is not one of those times. Twix Truffle Brownies came together pretty easily, even the potentially ruinous step of spreading the "truffle" of crushed Lorna Doone cookies over the brownie layer. You will find yourself [...]

14 05, 2017

Will We Survive This Decade?

By | 2017-05-14T16:02:24+00:00 May 14th, 2017|desserts, main dishes|0 Comments

I’m not sure how Robert B. Parker’s Early Autumn ended up on my to-read list. Maybe I thought I’d try an airport book? Anyway, if you know more than I do about crime fiction, you may recognize Parker’s work, since he’s the guy who created the ‘80s television character, Spenser for Hire. Fans open a Spenser book and know they’ll get snappy dialogue, fast [...]

22 04, 2017

Malted Milk Pie

By | 2017-04-23T17:13:55+00:00 April 22nd, 2017|desserts, pies|0 Comments

  This recipe makes two pies. I tried to share my extra pie with my just-moved-in neighbors. Either they couldn't hear the doorbell, or they fear strange women standing on their doorstep, holding a cream pie. Maybe they watch too many movies with pie-in-the-face gags. So I took it home. Now, every time I eat another piece, every time I bite into another [...]

11 12, 2016

Two Desserts!

By | 2016-12-29T23:56:12+00:00 December 11th, 2016|brownies, candies, desserts|0 Comments

Tonight, you get two desserts, to make up for getting no book. I'm reading a long one, already been at it for two weeks and it's going to take me another to finish. Meanwhile, I'm visiting a household where nobody is on a special diet, where everybody goes bug-eyed for sugar-y treats. We tried: Slutty Brownies. Start with some chocolate chip cookie dough.   [...]

4 12, 2016

Find Me a Good Lynn Kurland Book

By | 2016-12-29T23:56:12+00:00 December 4th, 2016|brownies, desserts|0 Comments

OK, I tried Lynn Kurland’s Star of the Morning. They say this author consistently spins great stories. I just happened to pick one with magic swords and what-not. Not my favorite genre. Ten pages in, not even this highly-praised storyteller could sell me on magic swords or legendary kingdoms or something called the Black Mage running loose in the land . But if I could find a [...]

11 09, 2016

Go Inside Those Mansions

By | 2016-09-11T20:01:42+00:00 September 11th, 2016|desserts, main dishes|0 Comments

Can’t say as I understand the point of Walker Percy’s The Moviegoer. The narrator doesn’t attend all that many movies. But he describes everything beautifully--a family picture on the mantel, a disappointed relative, a chimney sweep on the street, hollering in French. If you would like a virtual visit to New Orleans just before the Mardi Gras of 1960 or so, if you would like [...]

4 09, 2016

Drama Queen Mothers

By | 2016-09-04T20:32:24+00:00 September 4th, 2016|desserts, good fiction|0 Comments

Oh, how I wish the Strawberry Graham Dessert I made this weekend looked like this picture. Not that it didn’t taste good. At this very moment, I’m battling the urge to return to the kitchen and eat a little more. I mean, what’s not to like about strawberries, whipped cream and a graham cracker crust? Kind of like this week’s book, The Wishing Hill. Author [...]

14 08, 2016

You Know You Want To

By | 2016-12-29T23:56:13+00:00 August 14th, 2016|brownies, desserts, good fiction, main dishes|0 Comments

With just a few weeks of perfect sit-outside weather left, you know a wedding-weekend novel would be just the thing to read. Some of you can’t make it to the beach because your kids are already in school. No problem. The porch will do, especially with no children around, begging for snacks. In Beautiful Day by Elin Hilderbrand, we not only have a wedding to [...]