Good Eats and Sweet Treats from My Small Boston Kitchen

Fresh Fig Walnut Crumble Bars

Happy October, friends! As I write this post, I’m cuddled up under a blanket, and grudgingly just turned on the heat for the first time this season. The good news? My new house seems to have a pretty speedy and efficient heating system for a 110 year old structure. The bad news? Heating bills are imminent :( I love fall when the sun is out and the sky is gleaming blue, but when we’ve got hurricanes threatening and rain coming down, it’s a bit foreboding. Good thing I have a fridge full of fig bars and pumpkin tassies and Reese’s pieces cookies (recipes all coming soon!) that I’ve packed away so I eat my feelings about the impending cold weather. No wonder I’ve needed to work harder at the gym lately! (more…)

Cream Cheese Swirl Pumpkin Bread

Fall is the best season. I’m pretty sure that’s an undisputed fact if you live in New England. But for some reason this year, I had a really hard time letting summer go. Maybe because it was one of the better summer’s I’ve ever had? Or because I’m just not ready to contemplate braving another winter like we had last year? Whatever the reason, I think I’ve finally turned a corner. Fall is here, and I am so excited! (more…)

Ramblings: Goodbye, Summer

It seems like just yesterday that it was springtime, and we’d been blessed with a few early days of warmth. I can remember thinking how lucky we were to have the whole summer ahead. Long, languid days to fill however we wanted. Beaches and barbecues and vacations and relaxation. Three precious months of amazingness. And now I wonder, where the heck did summer go? How could it have passed us by with such alarming speed? The long, sunny days have been replaced by increasingly shorter ones, with brisk beginnings and rapidly fading daylight. School busses clog the roads, and pumpkin is everywhere. Even though fall is my favorite season, I’m just not quite ready to let this summer go. (more…)

Brown Butter Peaches ‘n Cream Cupcakes

I really love summer, but I’m starting to miss baking. Turning the oven on when it’s a thousand degrees outside is hardly an exciting prospect — and besides that, the few free moments I find to myself are either spent taking a second to relax, or doing one of the trillion house projects I have. This has been a splendid summer, every second of it filled to the brim with goodness, but it seems like there’s always far more to fit into each day than a measly 24 hours allows. So I’ve let the baking get away from me, and I’m starting to feel the void. (more…)

Terramia Ristorante

Hello, friends! Can you tell it’s summer again? I am a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad blogger in the summertime… there’s just so much to do, and it’s hard to sit myself down inside when I could be outdoors! I’m sure you understand the sentiment. I also bought a house recently, and moved into it about a month ago, so that’s been a pretty consuming (but very rewarding) experience. Anyway, it’s been ages since I had a chance to sit down with some fellow bloggers for a meal, but recently I had the opportunity to dine at Terramia Ristorante in the North End. Terramia has been on my to-go-to list for ages, so I was psyched to finally give it a try! (more…)

Raspberry Rhubarb Crisp

In my 27 years, I’d never been to Cape Cod before this summer. My family always took our summer vacations up to Maine, and off-season trips to the Vineyard in the fall. Cape Cod was only a means for transitioning from the mainland to the Island, where I fell in love year after year with the quaint villages and island communities in the quieter months. I never really thought it necessary to explore the Cape more, because the Island gave me everything I needed. That is, until, I started to share my time with someone whose Cape Cod roots run as deep as my Vineyard ones do.


Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Bars

Summer is a season of abundance, and the abundance is all around. In this summer’s earliest days, I’ve watched my small garden blossom. I’ve spent hours ambling through my parents’ overflowing gardens, marveling at the beauty of all that new life. I’ve walked outside and felt the sunshine streaming down, creating a feeling of more indulgence than I think I’m entitled to. I’ve felt the grass in the backyard of my new home under my toes, a mix of exhilaration and pride overwhelming the fear of this new responsibility. My life feels incredibly abundant lately — and the feeling of fullness sometimes makes me feel like I might explode. (more…)

Strawberry Cream Slab Pie

It’s strawberry season! Personally, one of my favorite seasons. The warm weather is here, fresh produce is cropping up everywhere, and the days are gloriously loonnngggg. It’s so, so wonderful. I love the changing of seasons, but the beginning of summer always makes me wish that it’d never end. Thank goodness we’ve got a few full months of this ahead of us! (more…)

Cake Batter Truffles

Remember ages ago when I shared this recipe for Cake Batter Chocolate Chip Cookies, and told you that a cake batter truffle recipe was imminent? Yea well…. 2 months later isn’t exactly a speedy follow-up, but better now than never, I’d say! My hesitation was the awful photos — taken under harsh office lights, on a pine veneer table with disposable bridal shower plates. BUT, if you can get past the terrible composition, I’ll just tell you that these truffles are out of this world.

Brown Butter Banana Bread with Strawberries and Walnuts

So I made banana bread again. For what feels like the 1,437th time. That may be a slight exaggeration, but only very slight. I love the stuff! Can’t stay away. It is to me what chocolate and French fries are — totally addictive. And can I just tell you, when you make brown butter banana bread, not only does it completely reframe your thoughts on banana bread, but it also makes your kitchen smell like heaven in a worldly form. It’s divine. (more…)

Strawberry-Almond Cornmeal Cake

Hey there friends… long time no see! It’s been a bit — I’ve missed you! I also really missed writing, and being in the kitchen whipping up goodies. The good news is that I survived knee surgery, and even better, the surgeon said it went really well. It only took him 39 minutes to cut me open, harvest my hamstring, drill through some bones, and give me a new ACL. It still totally blows my mind that the procedure is so “simple.” The less great news is that recovery is pretty tough, and it’s going to take a lot more than 39 minutes to get better. But I’m making small strides every day, so that’s really all I can ask for. (more…)

Cake Batter Chocolate Chip Cookies

You guys know I rarely bake out of boxes. I have nothing against boxed mixes, but I like to tinker and play when I create new recipes, and you can’t really (and don’t want to) mess with the goodness that comes pre-mixed. But occasions do arise when a boxed mix can’t be beat, and so I embrace those whole-heartedly and love the chance to try something different. (more…)

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