Monthly Archives: September 2014

Feigning Fall: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

As I’ve mentioned previously, I lived in New Hampshire for close to three years in my 20s, and I miss it terribly, especially in the fall. Having grown up in Southern California and Texas, I never experienced a true fall until my first in New England. I remember how amazed I was when the trees erupted into technicolor as the air cooled and took on the collective scent of cider and cocoa and roaring bonfires. There’s nothing quite like it.

Down here in Texas, “fall” doesn’t really exist. Summer merely shifts gears from 100-degree days to 90-degree days, and those often last well into October. Sometimes it gets chilly as the holidays approach, but I recall one year when it was so warm that we ate Christmas dinner on the patio. I adore gloomy weather, so when summer refuses to release its grip, I start to get a little blue, and the only thing that will cheer me up is closing the blinds to block out the relentless sunlight so I can daydream about the cooler climes for which I’m better suited. Throwing myself into fall-ish recipe also helps. More

Sunday Supper and a Farmers Market Oddity

Dallas Farmers Market

With the exception of a (glorious!) three-year stint on the East Coast, I’ve lived in Texas for the better part of two decades. Though I often complain about the weather and the less-than-inspiring landscape, the Lone Star State does have a lot to offer in terms of food and shopping. Those two things come together at the Dallas Farmers Market, a place I’ve somehow never had the pleasure of visiting in all these years until this past Sunday. More

A Cabin in Crested Butte

Crested Butte

My husband Michael and I have made a tradition of going somewhere new every New Year’s. So far we’ve done Italy, Spain and France, Switzerland, Jackson Hole, and, most recently, Crested Butte. However, that last trip was cut short for various reasons, and we’ve been anxious to go back all year.

While the beginning of summer is cause for celebration in many parts of the country, we Texans (or at least this particular Texan) wait to break out the bubbly until the end of this hellish season, and Michael and I decided that a post-Labor Day trip to Colorado would be the perfect way to toast the beginning of fall. More

Chocolate Hazelnut Martini

Chocolate Hazelnut Martini

Chocolate Hazelnut Martini

It’s Friday! Time for cocktails! What’s your poison?

My poison is usually red wine. Or champagne. Preferably champagne. Cocktails? I don’t drink them too often, but when I do, my go-to is a vodka gimlet. I make mine with equal parts Tito’s vodka and Rose’s lime juice (I have no idea if that’s legit, but that’s how I like ’em).  But every once in a while I like to experiment with something different, and today I got it into my head that I’d like to try my hand at some kind of chocolate martini. I had the afternoon off, so off to the liquor store I went . . . More