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Oatmeal Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies

May 3, 2012

It is raining out. And I am sick with a yucky cold. And my heart is heavy.  All signs point to cookies. And some Camomile tea too. 

I started with the Quaker Oats recipe, then added one of my favorite combos, cranberries and white chocolate.  Mmm…feel free to substitute your favorite combo of nuts or raisins. 


Oatmeal Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 cup (2 sticks) butter softened
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
½ cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1½ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon salt (optional)
3 cups of Quaker Oats (Quick)
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup white chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 350° F. Beat together butter and sugars until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla extract; beat well. Add combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; mix well. Slowly stir in oats. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto an ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 10 to …

Risotto with Scallops and Asparagus

April 30, 2012

My brother Chris loved food. He loved cooking, sharing great recipes, and perfecting every technique. 

So when we learned that my brother had passed away from MS, there was nothing else I could think of to do then to go cook a meal for everyone.  Our best recent memories of him were of just hanging out, cooking, drinking wine, listening to him complain about how my mom’s knives weren’t sharp enough. Of course that was what we should do while we grieved him.  What could we make to honor this sad day?


Risotto, such comfort food, with some asparagus in season and some bay scallops since he loved seafood.  

And of course, we would need plenty of this:

The one pot meal was perfect for our lack of energy at clean up, and the time …

Anniversary Dinner

February 18, 2012


This Valentine’s Day, my husband took me to the same restaurant he took me to on our first Valentine’s Day ten years ago. For some reason this number of years makes me feel old and young at the same time.

It was surprising how this evening became a measure of us.  That perspective shift of seeing through your older eyes what you saw when you were young, and how some of those things weren’t out there but inside yourself. Like standing on your college campus, reading a childhood book, or seeing an old friend. The place was like a time capsule of our former selves.

Ten years ago, with our cubical job/company softball team/few years out of college eyes, the restaurant had seemed fancy. The menu, the wine, the atmosphere felt like we were participating in a grown up life that was just a bit ahead …

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

February 2, 2012



I discovered these when friends of the family used to make them all the time.  I recreated the recipe because I started to crave them! And once I had kids I realized they are a great way to use up ripe bananas.  This is also a great recipe to make with kids too (mashing bananas & snacking on chocolate chips keeps them very occupied). 

I make them different every time too, sometimes just with chocolate chips, sometimes half chocolate, half white chocolate chips, and feel free to add walnuts too. They make your house smell sooo good too, you’ll be smiling when you see the bananas turn brown because you know that these beauties are right around the corner.  And I always make them mini (built-in portion control) but you can make them big.  

These travel so well I always try to make them before a …

Saturday Night Dinner

January 28, 2012



I love cooking Saturday night dinner. I love the ritual, the chopping and stirring and listening to music with a glass of wine, talking to my husband while our children fight play. The time pressures which pulse us along through the week are gone, and the rhythm of relaxation can finally take over.  In our new house, the best view of the fireplace roaring is actually at the stove. 

What could be better on a snowy night? 

And since November, we’ve had a return of the half cow (see earlier post called Drunken Cow).  Our freezer in our garage is filled with a lovely animal that was chewing on Vermont grass as recently as 6 weeks ago. This makes planning and cooking a Saturday night dinner even easier.  Here’s what I made last Saturday:



I love, love, love roasting vegetables.   …

Poached Pears

January 17, 2012



I have always wanted to make poached pears, and I finally did!  The recipe share I belong to issued the theme to make something you have never made before for this month’s dinner, and I was so glad. Is there a better dessert on a cold winter night? 

It seems like what Alice Waters or Julia and James Beard would eat at the end of a meal. Not only did it make my house smell amazing (think mulled apple cider – my kids kept asking, mmm, what’s for dinner?) but the look of the fruit is like a ruby or stained glass – they are so beautiful.  Cooking them whole with the stems on made me feel like a very chic chef.  I scooped out the middle with a melon baller, though I would do this a little more carefully on my next try to get …