Here’s The Word, Turkey-Bird and more

Here’s The Word, Turkey-Bird

jtb thanksgiving

Listen, I know I can’t compete with your Aunt Martha’s green bean casserole, or your Uncle Steve’s ultra-moist stuffing. I know. Thanksgiving is sacred and we shouldn’t be in the business of reinventing the turkey wheel. No one wants that. Also… no one wants salad at their Thanksgiving table. Exactly no one, I took a global survey.

I’m here with some humble suggestions and humble helpers. I want our holiday table to be as easy, as delicious, and as wine-filled as it can be. Let’s do the dang thing.

Here’s the word, turkey-bird:

• Don’t but that stupid little jar of pumpkin pie spice. Just… don’t. Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice

Pumpkin Pie Bars, for when pie crust feels like too much. I do understand. Also… cream cheese, so… WIN!

• Actually. Don’t even make a Pumpkin Pie. My Dad invented Sweet Potato Pie (not true) and it’s perfect (actually true), and you really must make... Read the rest of this post..... »


Let It Be Sunday!

Let It Be Sunday!

Hello my friends! How has your internal dialogue been this week? All positive? All complimentary? All like, you-can-do-it? Maybe yes. Maybe mostly. Maybe nooooo.

It’s cool. I’m here to tell you something. You’re great. Do the very dang best you can do… then try to do just a bit better than that. There… as long as you’re doing that, that internal voice that might occasionally tell you that you’re not allowed or not enough… that voice is a jerk. And you know it’s a jerk because you know you’re doing your very best, and then some.


Let’s talk about what happened on the Internet this week. A lighter list because we need it:

• That voice inside my head that says I’m a baking fraud, a trifling blogging faker, a creative overachiever, undeserving nuisance… that voice has a name. ... Read the rest of this post..... »


Roasted Vegetable Winter Crumble

Roasted Vegetable Winter Crumble

It’s that time of year when we need to draw deeply upon our super powers. It’s the holidays, there’s no denying it… and all of us are supposed to know how to bake a turkey. I don’t. Also I don’t care to know. I have other super powers. They have to do with multi-tasking, pie baking, patience (usually), understanding (often), and crumble-making.

Let’s draw upon those holiday-necessary super powers and leave the turkey roasting to someone else. Preferably someone we trust. Preferably someone who values a moist turkey.

This savory, comforting, vegetable crumble would be a lovely addition to a Thanksgiving table. Or, you can be like me and eat most of if while watching Season 5 of Grey’s Anatomy in your bed at 10pm on a Tuesday. I mean… equally festive.

Roasted Vegetable Winter Crumble

This Winter Crumble is from this book: Dinner Pies. Full of satisfying and savory treats that feel extra cozy in these chilly months. My great hope is that the... Read the rest of this post..... »


Cranberry Orange and Cream Clafoutis

Cranberry Orange Clafoutis

Clafoutis // noun, super French, [klah-foo-tee]: An almost breakfast-y tart kind of dessert that’s eggy, custardy, fruit-studded, and somehow cake-like in structure and substance. Best enjoyed warm, with soft whipped cream, powdered sugar, and your third cup of coffee for the morning. Fruit is essential. Cherries are traditional. Cranberries are happening.

See also: firm but still really good flan. See also: really eggy cake. See also: Stop making poor comparisons when French breakfast dessert is what is, aka DELICIOUS.

Cranberry Orange Clafoutis

Did that get weird? (Rhetorical.)

We’re making a French, custardy, I-want-to-call-it-breakfast-cake with fresh cranberries because tis the season. Here’s where we start!

Cranberry Orange Clafoutis

First let’s flavor our sugar. Why not?

When recipes have just a few simple ingredients, it’s important to pull out a few of our baking tricks. This one: rubbing fresh orange zest into granulated sugar to maximize flavor and aroma.

... Read the rest of this post..... »


Let It Be Monday!

Let It Be Monday

Hello friends! I’m tardy in sharing with my favorite post of the week with you. Some days are hard to get a hold of. I thought sharing these gems with you on a Monday would provide you with a sometimes necessary procrastination tool.

I’ve got fresh cranberries in my refrigerator, an empty suitcase that gets to be packed, and some very fine recipes coming up this week.

It’s been a foggy week with sadness and light. Here’s what the Internet has to say about it:

• We can be so cruel to one another. Photographs from the day after attacks in central Paris, and words from last week’s deadly attack in Beirut.

ISIS claimed responsibility for both of last week’s attacks. I linked to this a few months back, but again… What ISIS Really Wants.

Inspiration. Amazing youth: Ashima’s Most Daring Climb. The Mozart of rock climbing… and she’s 14 years old. At 14 years old I was doing nothing other than... Read the rest of this post..... »


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