Good Eats and Sweet Treats from My Small Boston Kitchen

An Ode to Goose

Yesterday I laid my greatest treasure to rest. He was a 1250lb bay gelding named Goose, and he was the first, and greatest, love of my life. His death was completely unexpected, and far too sudden — many years sooner than any of us ever imagined. He left behind me, his heartbroken mom, his fairy godmother L, his favorite (human) companion M, and his (equine) girlfriend Alex. Not to mention his fan club, for everyone that met Goose loved him. He was a barn favorite, an all-star under saddle, a strikingly handsome gentleman, and a cuddly goofball who made everyone smile. He had the face of a saint and the most enchanting eyes. He made my heart melt every time I saw him, and he gave me more in this life than I deserved.
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Salt Cod Brandade (Dairy-free)

I’m writing from Baltimore, MD this week, where I’m stationed for an 8-day work trip. Usually I’m only gone a few days at a time, but this is one of our bigger events, so it’s a long haul. So long, in fact, that I actually unpacked most of my clothes into hotel storage (which I never do),  and am getting to know the city. Baltimore is a really interesting place, home to a really cool ball park, a good friend of mine, some really diverse neighborhoods, and some amazing restaurants. The food scene here is unexpectedly awesome, and I’ve had the true pleasure of enjoying some pretty great meals since arriving. While I’m not sure my pants can stand many more of these indulgent meals, I’m going to carry home some pretty delicious memories, and some epic food photos! (more…)


Healthier Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Woof! More than two months since my last post. That has got to be a record, and not one I’m proud to set. I could give you all sorts of excuses, but instead I’ll just say, I’m glad to be back! I think intermittent blogging might just be my jam now, what with the launch of Serendipity Lettering, and the fact that I work in events and travel more than 30% of the year, but that’s better than no blogging, right? Right. (more…)


Chewy Sesame Butter Cookies (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

Happy New Year (a week and change late…)! I’m not sure about you, but I’m excited for the start of a new year. Not necessarily because 2016 was so awful, but because 2017 has all the potential to be an awesome year. I’m not entirely thrilled to be starting it on a restricted diet, but because I am, I’m trying to make the best of it. (more…)


Blood Orange Gin Spritzer

Happy Holidays, friends! I hope this holiday season has been treating you well, and that you’ve got something fun planned to ring in the New Year. New Years Eve is typically one of my least favorite holidays, simply because it gets so hyped up, and rarely (for me, anyway) delivers on the hype. This year though, we made reservations at a local restaurant I’ve been dying to check out for ages, but that’s a bit too pricey for a typical run-of-the-mill dinner out. NYE seemed the perfect time to indulge a little bit more than normal, and I’m very excited for a low-key but delicious end to 2016!

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Dark Chocolate Coconut Macaroons (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

As I mentioned you recently, the happenings in my kitchen look a little different than what I’m used to this holiday season. I’ve been writing about food for nearly 10 years, but this year, those foods no longer include gluten, dairy, eggs, or a smattering of other scrumptious things that have frequented my table in years past. (more…)


Seasons of Change

Growing up in New England, you learn from an early age the true magic of fall. In fact, I tend to believe it’s one of the only reasons that people actually live here, because you’d have to be half crazy otherwise, to endure our endless, frigid winters.

Fall in New England has a sort of mesmerizing quality to it, one that is unparalleled no matter where else you look. The way the sun brightens the sky in particular — it makes things look pleasantly hazy around the edges, and softer somehow. There are ample cider donuts and literally tons of apples, wild bursts of fiery color in the natural landscape, and a definite necessity for fashionable fall boots, sweaters, and scarves. (more…)


S’mores Cookies

Well, well, well, hello there! Do you still exist? Do still exist? Sometimes I’m not so sure.

Every time I write these days, it seems that I’m apologizing for an extended absence, and promising a return to a regular cadence. And yet, I can’t seem to recommit to a regular schedule. The daily grind just gets me every time! I think at this point it might be wise to stop trying to out-smart real life, and instead start being grateful when I can carve away a few minutes to sit down and write.

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Blueberry Banana Zucchini Bread

It’s been a bit since I bored you with yet another banana bread recipe, but this one seemed new and different enough to bring back my favorite food group! Zucchini bread is delicious, banana bread is, of course, my favorite, and blueberries in late summer are so stupendously tasty that this recipe was a total home run. I realize it’s now officially fall, but I’ve been a bit slow on the updates of late, so please bear with me 🙂 (more…)


Mary’s Maine Bars: Bake a Difference with OXO and Dorie Greenspan

Welp, we’re most of the way through September and I haven’t touched a can of pumpkin yet this year. But I guess that’s okay? There’s still time, right? To be fair it isn’t even officially fall yet, so I know there’s time, but sometimes it just doesn’t feel like it. Days have been eclipsing at such an alarming rate lately, that sometimes I think I only need to blink and another week is gone. I wonder often if there will be time to do everything. Apple picking, pumpkin lattes, crock pot meals, fall hikes, lazy weekends, leaf-peeping, baking adventures, movie nights, cozy sweaters, the whole lot of it. Fall is home to so many of my favorite things, and yet it already feels like it’s slipping away.

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Mini Blueberry Cheesecakes

There are about a million and one reasons why summer is wonderful, but for me, lately, it’s been the plentiful fresh fruits and veggies. I was able to expand my own personal garden this year, so we grew two types of beans, three kinds of tomatoes, three different peppers, rhubarb, eggplant, tomatillos, husk tomatoes, several variety of dahlia, and loads of different herbs. Considering I live in an urban area, and work downtown in a major city, it’s pretty amazing to come home to a yard full of fresh produce. (more…)


Soft and Chewy Lemon Sugar Cookies

Tell me, wise reader, how is it that summer flies by so fast every single year? I’d have thought by now I might’ve discovered the secret to making it slow the heck down, but honestly, I’ve got nada. Zilch, zippo, NOTHIN’. Given the lack of recipes around here, you might ascertain it’s been a lovely summer so far (and you would be right), but definitely crazy busy with too little quiet time. I always find it ironic that we rush to fill our summer weekends with one activity after the next, only to come off of each one craving peace and quiet.

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