Craving: Trader Joe’s Graham Crackers

Mama likes her snacks. (Especially pregnant Mama.) And when I was at my favorite place in the entire world (besides my bed), I couldn’t help myself. I bought a snack just for me. I never do this because I’m trying to keep my weight gain in check, etc, etc, blah, blah, blah. They don’t always have these on the shelf at my local Trader Joe’s. I know I’ve hit the jackpot when there’s a few […]

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Kitchen Tip: Make Your Own Chip Clips

When I cleaned out my closet a few weeks ago, I found numerous skirt hangers that were bulky and taking up too much space. I just weren’t using them. I realized if I popped the clips off the ends, I could reuse them as chip clips. Yet another epiphany for Lindsey! They work great because they are strong and have rubbery ends that grab onto even the slipperiest of bags. I use them all the […]

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Scrounging: Part One

Before I had children, I was an avid “scrounger”, i.e. proficient finder of great stuff at tag sales and thrift stores. (Though not always an avid buyer.) It’s getting to be that time of year again when the newspapers will be filled with announcements of weekend tag sales. Scrounging can take time, but wow, you can really find some great stuff. (Present Past Collection is evidence of that…) Really, the size of my apartment limits […]

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Fluted Ricotta Polenta Cake

I will admit when I first thumbed through Baking: From My Home to Yours, the recipe for Fluted Polenta and Ricotta Cake did not jump out at me. I don’t usually make “grown-up” cakes with dried fruit–much to my husband’s dismay. (He’s the real epicure in our marriage.) I also don’t love figs. I mean, I like Fig Newtons and I think fresh figs are gorgeous to look at. But, they aren’t my first choice. […]

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How To Make Refrigerator Rolls

I originally posted a refrigerator rolls recipe last March when I wanted to make a new recipe for easy crescent rolls. Since then, I’ve been perfecting these rolls. Practice makes perfect, right? And I’ve discovered they are really an all-purpose kind of roll. I have used this recipe to make cinnamon rolls and orange rolls in addition to using them as dinner rolls. Refrigerator rolls are super forgiving and perfect for beginners and advanced bakers […]

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Kitchen Tip: Labeling Extra Parts

My Cuisinart 11-cup food processor (purchased at Costco) came with a bunch of extras that I normally wouldn’t have bought–like an extra work bowl, dough blade, and slicing/grating disks. I put the extra bowl and dough blade away with the thought I would use it when the other bowl wore out–it hasn’t happened after almost daily use for 4 years, and the dough blade if my Bosch ever bit the dust. (It’s never going to.) […]

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Hancock Shaker Village

Whew! We are back from our little jaunt to The Berkshires. We had a fabulous time and it was hard to come back home. Our biggest day trip was spent up at the Hancock Shaker Village located just outside of Pittsfield, MA. What a fun place to visit! If you are ever in that area, I highly recommend a trip up there. One of my very favorite exhibits to visit was the Brick Dwelling–a communal […]

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How-To: Lasagna Bolognese

Slightly adapted from Cooks’ Illustrated magazine, this Lasagna Bolognese recipe takes a few shortcuts to cut down on the time, but doesn’t sacrifice any flavor of traditional Lasagna Bolognese I am such a fan of lasagna in any form, but I really love Lasagna Bolognese. The first time I had authentic Lasagna Bolognese was in Bologna. I was 18 years old and on an Art History trip. There were zero bad meals that tour. I […]

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Lavender Limeade

I wish I could convey in words how much I love lavender. I really, really, really love lavender. In our home you will find: lavender shampoo and conditioner, hand/body soap, dish soap, perfume, aftershave, baby oil, lotion, and diaper ointment. We are lavender fiends! Two summers ago, when I was on a Kouing Aman binge at Les Madeleines in Salt Lake City, Utah, I happened to notice Lavender Lemonade on the menu. So, of course […]

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Kitchen Q & A: Cake Decorating

Darling Hannah, and a few other friends and readers have asked me about cake decorating. I’ve compiled a list of products/tools, etc. that I use myself and would recommend. My disclaimer is this: I am a TOTAL amateur, but I know what I like and have success with. Someday I’ll take a class or two and maybe my perspective or recommendations will change. For the time being, if you feel adventurous and want to try […]

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