Blackberry Jam-Filled Doughnut Bundt Cake

Blackberry Jam Filled Doughnut Bundt Cake

“Did you ever suck the jelly out of a jelly doughnut and then fill it with chocolate swirl ice cream?” Fatso, written by Anne Bancroft Nobody told me there’d be doughnuts. In addition to clusterfucktastic traffic on sprawling freeway roads connecting neighborhoods, Mexican food in vast abundance that ranges from the gloppy-melty-guacamole to the authentic sublime in small… 

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Celebrate National Relaxation Day with Tommy Bahama, a Rum Runner, and a Contest!

Rum Runner

There are days when I can only steal a few moments of relaxation, solace, peace, reflection, quiet, calm, indulgence for myself. That may mean waking up early to meditate on the floor next to our bed, or read with a cup of Earl Gray tea at the kitchen table. Sometimes it’s a car ride all alone,… 

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Cinammon-Butter Roasted Bananas on Toast with Honey

Roasted Bananas on Toast

So, toast. Toast is. The thing about toast is. The thing about toast is that it is perfectly simple and satisfying. It’s entirely good. It ushers in happy memories of sitting at the breakfast table, just you and your mom, getting looked at by her, without distraction. It’s lying on the couch kind of sick,… 

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Poached Peaches with Whipped Cream

Poached Peaches

Many years ago I worked as an assistant at a small, progressive graduate school in Milford, Connecticut. Our offices were in the upstairs of the chancellor’s house, overlooking his peach orchard. From my desk I had a clear view of the rows of trees and a great stone monolith before them. On some summer afternoons I would walk through the… 

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Angel Food Cake with Strawberry Rhubarb Sauce

Angel Food Cake with Strawberry Rhubarb

There isn’t any rhubarb in California. At least, none that I could find in Los Angeles in June. In Maine, this time of year, you literally can’t give rhubarb away. You can, but it will come back to you threefold. Sometimes you find it under your pillow; when someone shakes your hand you walk away… 

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Caponata (Sicilian Eggplant Relish)


Why do we read and write memoir and fill in the branches of our family tree? By studying geneology we expect to gain insight into our brains, our behavior and choices and personality. Is there a history of madness we can seek to avoid, or a tendency for greatness to strive after? Most of us… 

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Impromptu Party Planning with Dixie Ultra Moments®

Dixie Ultra Moments

I am crazy about Christmas and Halloween, and love planning parties for birthdays and other special occasions, but I started to realize recently how much it is the little, fleeting moments I will remember when I am old and gray. The baby climbing into our bed first thing in the morning, pulling covers up over… 

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