Oatmeal Scotchies
keeping your fork busy
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

peanut butter chocolate chip cookies

January 16, 2012

It’s far from springtime here, but you wouldn’t know it from the cleaning and organizing that’s happening in my house this month. This whole ahead-of-schedule-spring-cleaning-thing means I’m sorting and sifting through everything in every room, keeping what I can use and tossing what I cannot. I’m organizing along the way, so drawers are neatly stocked, […]

Slices of Grandma's Holiday Gingerbread

grandma’s holiday gingerbread

December 3, 2011

The day after Thanksgiving, when my neighborhood exploded into a Griswald family Christmas wonderland, I began to think, OK panic, about the giant list of to-dos I have yet to do before Christmas. Basically, that includes everything, since I haven’t done anything. No shopping for gifts. No holiday cards. No pretty wreaths or outdoor lights […]

Pumpkin Spice Layer Cake

pumpkin spice layer cake

October 30, 2011

Did you really think I’d let the month of October pass without sharing some sort of pumpkin recipe? Hardly. But I came close, didn’t I? Apologies for that. I’m not entirely sure what I’ve been doing and you don’t even want to know what I’ve been eating, but here we are, closing in on October, […]

Craggy Gardens Overlook

busy bites in asheville

October 5, 2011

I like to end my summers with a true, get-out-of-town vacation. Usually I pick some place where it’s very, very warm. I pack sundresses and bathing suits and flip-flops. I swim and snorkel and sit on the beach. I read poorly written novels and I drink a fair share of rum- or tequila-based drinks. I […]

Autumn Apple Crostada

autumn apple crostata

September 25, 2011

Things I fear: 1) Snakes. Any kind, anywhere. Especially in bodies of water. 2) Writer’s block. For me, it equates to lots of wasted time and unending pushing of the backspace button. 3) Loss. You know, losing stuff. Mostly, the really big stuff. 4) Making pastry dough. There. I said it. I am afraid to […]

red pepper chicken burger

red pepper chicken burger

September 19, 2011

It’s crazy-busy season around here. As in, I don’t stop moving unless I’m sleeping, which isn’t nearly long enough lately. There’s work stuff, particularly the fast-paced, quick turn-around, did-I-even-eat-lunch-today kind, and then there’s everything else – house stuff, dog stuff, family stuff, oh and this little business project that Howard’s undertaking that’s consuming every nuggest of […]

chocolate chip zucchini muffin

chocolate chip zucchini muffins

September 15, 2011

Something’s come over me this week. I’m baking, often. (OK, often for me, which means at least twice.) I think it’s connected to the weather – why do I always talk about the weather? – and the fact that fall is snaking its way into my life. Sign No. 1 – I bought mums at the garden store […]

blueberry walnut summer salad

blueberry walnut summer salad

September 3, 2011

This post was supposed to be written a couple of weeks ago. Right after our bi-annual summer block party. But then I went away for awhile. I finally managed to schedule five full days away from work life, so I spent the first half of my 10-day vacation (thank you, long weekend, for the extra […]

green beans with sauteed cherry tomatoes and basil butter sauce

green beans with sauteed cherry tomatoes and basil butter sauce

August 16, 2011

I don’t know about you, but I ate a lot of canned green beans as a kid. A lot of canned vegetables, in general. I don’t know why, exactly. My mother, who lives on top of a hill with plenty of open land, planted a garden one summer when my sister and I were still […]

baked zucchini chips and garden tomato salsa

baked zucchini chips and garden tomato salsa

July 26, 2011

Perhaps you’ve noticed. We’re having a bit of a warm spell in the Northeast. Not that I’m complaining. Of course, as expected, everyone else is. But not me. I’ve been waiting for this therapeutic heat since Christmas and I’m certain that my loving tolerance of this weather means I belong somewhere on a Caribbean island, […]