Posts Tagged ‘recipes’

Salad Days

22 October 2012

Autumn Salad


Toss together:

  • Mixed fall leaves
  • Pine cones
  • Hydrangea flowers
  • Season to taste with fern fronds. Serve on a bed of pine needles; garnish with feverfew, mums.

    Suggested Reading, RECIPES: Mudpies and Other Recipes, by Marjorie Winslow and Erik Blegvad.

    Suggested Reading, Books about LEAVES: The Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger; Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert; Fletcher and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson and Tiphanie Beeke; Leaves by David Ezra Stein; Leaves! Leaves! Leaves! by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace;

    I Want the Moon Too!

    8 December 2009

    ONCE UPON A TIME, in a kingdom by the sea, there lived a little Princess named Lenore. She was ten years old, going on eleven. One day Lenore fell ill of a surfeit of raspberry tarts and took to her bed.

    …[and the princess said] “I want the moon. If I can have the moon, I will be well again.”

    From Many Moons, written by James Thurber and illustrated by Louis Slobodkin.

    Today is the birthday of James Thurber, 1894 – 1961.
    Stop me if you’ve seen this before:

    Giving Thanks

    24 November 2009

    what's up?

    WE? Why aren’t WE posting? Since when do you do anything around here, Blog?

    excuse me?

    I have 20 people coming over in two days. I have COOKING to do! I have to make stuffing! and pies! and… well, honestly, Blog, I don’t have time for you today. Just this once, couldn’t you help out a little bit?
    you don't have time?

    Well, THANK YOU for all of that, Blog.


    rolling pin


    (adapted from Paul Prudhomme)

    Pie Dough:
    Your own favorite recipe, or use
    Paul Prudhomme’s.

    Sweet Potato Filling:
    2 to 3 sweet potatoes, or enough to yield 1 cup cooked (baked or microwaved) pulp
    1/4 cup, packed, brown sugar
    ½ egg
    1 tablespoon heavy cream
    1 tablespoon vanilla extract
    ¼ teaspoon salt
    ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
    ⅛ teaspoon ground allspice
    ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg

    Pecan Pie Filling:
    ¾ cup brown sugar
    ¾ dark corn syrup
    2 eggs
    2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    2 cups pecans

    • Place and arrange pie dough in a deep pie dish (1½”) or cake pan. Refrigerate.
    • For sweet potato filling: combine ingredients in a mixing bowl and beat until batter is smooth. Do not overbeat. Set aside.
    • For pecan pie filling: combine all ingredients except pecans and mix thoroughly until the syrup is opaque. Stir in pecans and set aside.
    • To assemble: spoon the sweet potato filling into the pie dough. Pour the pecan filling on top. Bake at 325∘until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, about 1¾ hours.
    • Cool and serve with barely sweetened whipped cream.

    A Resourceful Woman

    27 October 2009


    Peter Peter, pumpkin eater, had a wife but couldn’t keep her.
    He put her in a pumpkin shell, and there he kept her very well.

    Until she finally used her head, and turned it into PUMPKIN BREAD.

      2 eggs
      1 cup pumpkin purée
      ½ cup vegetable oil
      ¼ cup milk (or water)
      ½ teaspoon nutmeg
      ½ teaspoon cinnamon
      ½ teaspoon allspice
      cloves, to taste
      1½ cups flour (¾ white, ¾ whole wheat)
      1 cup brown sugar
      1 teaspoon baking soda
      optional – chopped walnuts or pecans, raisins

    Preheat oven to 350º. Beat eggs, add the rest of the wet ingredients, spices. Mix. Stir in dry ingredients, without overbeating. Stir in nuts, if you like. Dump it all into an oiled bread pan and bake, 50 – 60 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out dry.

    Suggested Reading, Picture Books About Pumpkins:How Many Seeds In a Pumpkin?, by Margaret McNamara and G. Brian Karas;The Great Pumpkin Switch, by Megan Mcdonald and Ted Lewin; Pumpkin Day!, by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace; Pumpkin Soup, by Helen Cooper; Pumpkin Town!, by Katie McKy and Pablo Bernasconi
    And find even more Pumpkin Stories at the Books for Kids Blog.

    Thanks to Mickey…

    29 September 2009

    … we have banned books, every morning.

    Thanks to Mickey

    September 26 – October 3, 2009

    I think I’ll bake a Banned-Book Cake!


      The Batter:
      3 cups flour
      2 tablespoons baking powder
      1 teaspoon salt
      1⅓ cups sugar
      ½ cup butter
      2 eggs
      1 cup
      2 teaspoons vanilla
      The Filling:
      1 cup brown sugar
      ¼ cup flour
      4 teaspoons cinnamon
      4 tablespoons melted butter
      1 cup chopped walnuts

    Combine the dry ingredients. Cut in the butter. Add the remaining, wet ingredients and mix. In a separate bowl, mix together the filling ingredients. Butter and flour a 12 cup bundt pan. Pour in ½ of the batter, followed by ½ of the filling, the remaining batter, and the remaining filling. Bake for 45 minutes or so at 375∘. Cool, choose a banned book to read, and enjoy.


    In The Night Kitchen, by Maurice Sendak, is #25 on the American Library Association’s “100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990–2000”.

    Kuplink, kuplank, kuplunk

    15 September 2009

    Hey Blog! I thought that today, in honor of Robert McCloskey’s birthday, we could snack on blueberries.




    Robert McCloskey, 1914 – 2003.

    You can listen to him interviewed by Anita Silvey, 1986.
    Or try this – easy, easy, easy. And delicious: Blueberry Galette

    How will YOU celebrate?