Cookie in a Skillet

The Proposal  – Part 1 “Don’t forget about tonight.” “Okay.” “I picked up your suit at the dry cleaners, it’s in the closet.” “Yup. Got it.” Everett raised an eyebrow as the front door shut and then flew open once more. Vi flew back in, a tornado of Burberry and jasmine perfume. She hit the […]

World Peace Cookies

Val had appeared in the doorway at the worst possible time. He rubbed his eyes. “Are you okay, Mom?”  Diana wiped the tears from her eyes and replied with a bright, watery smile. “What are you doing awake?” Val, my Valentine. When he was born and placed into her arms, all she could see was […]

Nana’s Butter Cookies with Milk Jam

Nana played Judy Garland at Christmas, exclusively. She played Judy and danced in the kitchen, a soft shoe. When we made cookies, she crooned, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and when I complained that it wasn’t even a Christmas song, she tsked and spun me around and powdered sugar sprung from my shirt and she said, […]

Holiday Treats: Easy Buckeye Brownie Cookies

There was a box that held ornaments that I was not allowed to touch.  When I was nine, I snuck a chocolate cookie off the counter and asked Mama about the box, small and square and wrapped in one gold ribbon. She took the cookie from my hand and said, “Only Papa and I put […]

Brown Butter Blondies

It was my husband Jerry who came up with the idea of secret presents. It was a simple construct really- starting on December 1, you had a month to do small, otherwise unnoticeable acts of kindness to someone in the family. It could be… starting the car for them while they were in still fighting […]

Thai Pineapple Fried Rice

Marnie opened one eye and looked at the clock. 5:45am. She groaned and turned it off, 5 whole minutes before it was set to start ringing. Beside her, Ed stirred. She rolled over onto her back and into his shoulder, looked into the one eye he had open and said, “I don’t know if I […]

Blueberry Dutch Pancakes

They had blueberries for breakfast, a pint of them. Grecia held out her hand and her daughter carefully tumbled the berries into her waiting palm. “What colors are these, my love?” “Blue!” Tammy was four and knew her colors well. She popped a blueberry into her mouth and then another. Grecia followed, more slowly. They […]

Butternut Squash Linguine with Fried Sage

*I’m in Austin this week for SXSW Interactive. I’m presenting on Tuesday (gulp) and will be spending the next few days impersonating a sweaty, nervous taco-eating hot mess. Your thoughts and prayers are appreciated.* Comfort food for the soul. As soon as I saw this recipe on Cookie + Kate, I knew it was exactly […]

Chocolate Mascarpone Cupcakes

The sign on the tree pointed to the left of the path of packed snow. She stared at the sign, confused. Cabin that way. Path that way. Which way to go?  She started to walk up the path and the dog bounded up the snow beside her, his leash straining from the weight of the little sled, […]

Double Chocolate Brownies

When she saw the note on the windshield, she thought the worst. “Someone’s hit the car,” she said aloud even though she was by herself, on the sidewalk, outside her office. She looked around quickly to see if anyone had heard her. Embarrassing. She plucked the note from the glass and pressed her index finger […]

Heart Pies

“Careful… careful.”  Ebenezer scowled at his mentor. “I can’t concentrate when you’re in my ear.”  “I’m sorry, I’m sorry.” Louisa sighed. They had been sitting at The Overlook for hours and Ebenezer had yet to make his first match. Louisa sighed again, more loudly when her young charge lifted a hand and swung, his gesture far […]

Chocolate Dipped Potato Chips

They ate. He strummed the yukele and she played checkers.  “Do you love me more than that yukele?” she asked, when he was mid-strum. He considered it for a second longer than she would’ve liked. “I do.” He hummed a little and nodded to her purse. “Do you love me more than that old, green […]

Holiday Treats: Brown Butter Salted Caramel Snickerdoodles

Sal picked up the last of his belongings and looked over at Glen, who celebrated the empty office space with his feet propped up on their shared desk and a glass of sherry. “Merry Christmas, pal.” “You too, Sallie. Oh, hey, you forgot this one.” Glen tossed him the small box, red and green and […]

Holiday Treats: Beurre and Sel Jammers

Altina heard the bells and ran for the stairs. “I told you,” she whispered to Martine, her nanny, who held her back just as they reached the railing. “I told you they’d come.”  And come, they had. They had outdone themselves, in fact. Every inch of the house, it seemed, was covered in holly and […]

Pumpkin Pie French Toast

“Tyler?” “NO.” “C’mon, buddy. Open the door. It’s okay.” “NO.” “No one’s going to yell at you. For, you know, locking yourself in the bathroom. With my purse. And my car keys. And my phone.” “NO. I DON’T WANT YOU TO GO.” “That’s very sweet, Ty, but I have to go home, okay buddy? Mom’s […]

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