Thanksgiving Meme

Just saw this Thanksgiving Meme over at Joy of Desserts, and figured it would be a great post for today, as I take some time to gather my thoughts and go through photos from yesterday’s dinner. I’m not tagging anyone in particular, but consider yourself tagged if it resonates with you and you feel like […]

Thanksgiving Menu

Well, I’ve got the menu finalized, now all that’s left to do is pick up some groceries and cook the stuff that I can make ahead today. Here it is: Appetizers Cheese Plate Delicata & Blue Cheese Quiche Butternut Squash and Caramelized Onion Galette Tiny Brie Bites Crudite with Three Dips Main Course Roast Turkey […]

Robin’s Italian Cafe is Closing

I’m so sad – just found out tonight that my favorite little comfort Italian joint, Robin’s Italian Cafe, (see the review I did last week) will be closing after tomorrow night. What’s frustrating is that they’re closing not because of anything they did, but because they’re a victim of a bad economy and a not-so-great […]

Best of Fall Lasagna

I lose control a little bit in fall – there’s no rhyme or reason to it, something just comes over me. Before I know it, I have enough winter squash to feed a small army. I guess it’s because to me, nothing says fall and winter cooking like squash. I think it helps that it […]

Grown Up Mac and Cheese

I’m not sure why, but I’ve been craving macaroni and cheese all week. Partly because it’s one of the most comforting foods around, but also because I had some cheese in the cheese drawer that really needed to be used ASAP. I ended up using a combination of gruyere, sharp cheddar, and Stilton (the only […]

Thinking About Thanksgiving

Yes, it’s still the better part of a week away, but I’m starting my menu planning now. Paul’s already made it crystal clear that I’m not to mess with any new recipes for the main meal – and I agree. I have my traditional dishes that everyone likes which I’ll keep on making – like […]

Fall Pasta Salad

I’ve had the idea of this pasta salad in my head for a while – I wanted to put together a pasta salad that had a bunch of fall ingredients in it, like winter squash and pepitas and apples. This is my first try, very vegetarian, but it’s missing something. Paul says bacon or something […]

Apples & Thyme: Mom’s Low & Slow Pot Roast

It’s time again for Apples & Thyme, the food blogging event that celebrates the recipes we’ve learned from our mothers and grandmothers. This time I’m going to focus on my mother. Unlike me, she doesn’t experiment that much with cooking, having a dozen or so staple dishes that she makes really well, with the occasional […]

Review: Latitude 41

I hate it when I have high expectations of a place, only to be super disappointed at the reality. Latitude 41 doesn’t help matters any by billing itself as a “destination restaurant”, which brings to mind places like Alinea or the French Laundry, places where I would make a trip to a geographical location just […]

Review: Robin’s Italian Cafe

NOTE: Robin’s Italian Cafe is now closed. Sad to see this one go. I think we stumbled upon Robin’s Italian Cafe by accident a few years ago. It was right after Robin had taken over Butch’s, a restaurant she had worked at since she was a teenager. We were enchanted immediately. You won’t find ground-breaking […]