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 [...]
Sanding sugar! At last, a decorating option for lazy cooks! That's what I sprinkled on top of Lemon Sheet Cake.
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 [...]
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 [...]
After a run of storebought cookies and candies, I decided I should be civilized and eat something that required a fork. A few Valentine-y sprinkles wouldn't hurt either. Find the recipe for Crunchy Chocolate Pudding Squares here.
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. [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]