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Let It Be Sunday, 246!

Hello friends! Welcome to another fine Sunday. I’ve been talking with friends this week and the consensus is that November has snuck up on us.  We were here, just minding our own business in the month of May- we might have rested our eyes and minds for a minute or two and WHAM- November is upon us...

Quick Homemade Puff Pastry with Vermont Creamery

Friends!  Game faces – ON!  The most delicious holiday of the year is fast approaching!  Yea… we’re talking about Thanksgiving though here in New Orleans I throw a giant Friendsgiving at The Bakehouse.  We’re four years into Friendsgiving and I, even thought, I have more than a dozen chairs in my hous...

Rosemary Potato Frittata with Diamond of California Nut Crust

Hello my friends!  We are well on our way into the cozy season – perhaps my favorite time of year – when my oven is always on and I roast or bake absolutely everything.   Every dinner is a combination of vegetables roasted on a sheet pan combined with eggs of some sort.  Do you eat eggs as enthusiastically fo...

Let It Be Sunday, 245!

Hello friends!  Please excuse the tardy Sunday post two weekends in a row. This is my favorite post to settle on the couch to write on Saturday nights. The past two Saturday nights I’ve been out in the world celebrating this life, and that’s changed up our Sunday routine.  My apologies.  I%E2m here! Wer...

Maple Pumpkin Black and White Cookies

It’s not that some cookies are better than others.  Every cookie is a dang-good cookie by nature of it being… a cookie.  There are good cookies and then there are BLACK AND WHITE COOKIES. The cookie that reigns supreme. The best cookie in all the world.  The cookie that wins the universe. The cookie that we ...

Let It Be Sunday, 244!

Hello sweet friends. Let me be the first to welcome you to a fine Monday!  We’ve been super stormy down here with, in what was absolute NEWS TO ME, a tropical storm.  I truly don’t know how I didn’t know but maybe it has something to do with not having actual television channels and not paying atten...

Chicken and Pumpkin Dumplings

I’m home from a week chasing the leaves and breaking in my knit hat in Maine.  I left New Orleans, sweating through a sweater and found myself in a red, orange, and yellow actual autumn wonderland up north.   Whenever I come home from a trip, which feels like a lot this year, I feel a big, open-h...

Let It Be Sunday, 243!

Hello friends!  I hope today finds you slow and warm, feeling like you have more than you need. Luxury, right?  I%E2ve spent the week in the great state of Maine exploring Portland, Bethel, and Mt Desert Island. I’ve eaten so many of the best, most reasonably priced oysters. I’ve lazed around ...

Let It Be Sunday, 242!

Hello my friends! Welcome to another fine Sunday! So many of you threw your praise hands up for the article on the mental work of cooking last week – linked here if you missed it. RIGHT? We see each other.  That feels good.   Are you dressing up for Halloween?  I%E2m invited to a big New Orleans Halloween...

Baked Beignets

I’ve lived in New Orleans long enough now that I have a jar of fry oil stored in my refrigerator for emergencies that require beignets.  Oh… some emergencies require beignets. I know that now.  I also have a respectable amount of powdered sugar in the pantry and a hurricane kit in the office so… I’m ready...

Let It Be Sunday, 241!

I’ve been thinking a lot about habits. Since I’ve had more than a just few days back home in New Orleans I’ve settled quite nicely back into the routine. Routine. It’s been both comforting and illuminating.  Like… there’s definitely parts of my morning routine that aren’t serving me (clicking onto In...

Baking Our Way To Fall

Hello my friends!  A few days ago on Instagram I posted a picture of me, at home in New Orleans, in a sweater, in full-on 90 degree weather.  I%E2m trying my best to will cozy, chilly weather upon us.  I%E2m not the only one.  So many of you responded that you’re doing the same: making chili, wearing ...
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