Top Secret Mashed Potatoes

You know that untrustworthy friend who drops an entire stick of butter (or two if it’s a large batch) in the mashed potatoes when you are not looking? It’s me. Hi. I’m the problem. It’s me. Or I was. Luckily for my arteries and yours, I found a super secret ingredient that will allow the…Continue reading »

Apple Custard Pie

There are many Instagram worthy pies out there. As a beige wonder, this is not one of them. However, the taste makes up for whatever its appearance lacks. This is a pie my mom used to make, and it was a favorite of mine and of my cousins’. However, with time and fewer large family…Continue reading »

The Children on the Hill by Jennifer McMahon: book review

In 1978, Violet and Eric Hildreth are being raised by their grandmother, the renowned psychiatrist, Dr. Helen Hildreth. The children are self sufficient and home schooled and mostly left to pursue their own interests. And their interest is monsters. Vi and Eric are the only two members of the Monster Club, which is writing its…Continue reading »

Witchy Reads for Halloween

Circe by Madeline Miller (myth retold) Circe is an outsider among gods, goddesses, and minor deities. Her voice, unlike that of any other immortal, sets her apart, as does her witchery. The gods decree that Circe be exiled to the island of Aiaia for the rest of her immortal life. On her beautiful and lonely…Continue reading »

Cinnamon Fig Old Fashioned

I’m fully in fall recipe testing mode here. Some of it–like this fig old fashioned–is delicious and while others need tweaking. (We won’t speak of the muffins I attempted this week. Too many “healthy swaps” for an edible muffin.) I have decided that this is what we grown ladies need to drink while watching Hocus…Continue reading »

Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney: book review & book club menu

Beatrice Darker, known as Nana to her family, is the matriarch of the Darker clan. She is a successful children’s author and illustrator. Her family has depended on her for babysitting services and to stay financially afloat. While Nana is practical in most things, a fortune teller once told her she would die at the…Continue reading »

Spiced Pear Muffins

These muffins were born from two questions: What can I use pumpkin pie spice for, aside from pumpkins and coffee? Also, how am I going to use up all the pears my parents gave me? For context on the second question, this is what my parents give me when they say they’ll just give me…Continue reading »

Pan Bagnat

Can we pretend for just a moment? I was supposed to post this before Labor Day when it was still rosé drinking weather. Can we pretend it’s still August? It’s hot enough to still be August, but it’s officially pumpkin spice latte season. Unlike my recommended wine pairing, this sandwich is not seasonal. In fact,…Continue reading »

Best Books for Foodies

Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal Eva Thorvald, daughter of a chef and sommelier, is a culinary genius. Raised by her underachieving aunt and uncle after her mother leaves and her father dies, Eva does not have any social or economic advantages, but she does have her late father’s cookbooks, which introduce…Continue reading »


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