November 26 – National Cake Day

Hurrah for my favorite food of all time! My first cake of course was a birthday cake, similar to this chocolate confection. I LOVE good cake. The word ‘cake’ comes from the Norse word kaka. I know – that means a whole different thing in Spanish. But it is related to the Germanic word for cook. Of course…

Turkey-Themed Treats

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because there is no gift-giving pressure. Everyone can find something that pleases them at the Thanksgiving table because it’s really all about the food! There was a time when I didn’t really look forward to Thanksgiving, particularly when my husband was deployed overseas, and especially the year my…

National Ice Cream Sundae Day

November 11 is Veterans Day in the USA and I’d like to give a shout out to all living veterans and I hope we remember those veterans who have already passed on. I am a proud spouse of a 20-year veteran of the United States Navy and I will always consider the military as my…

Celebrate with Election Cake!

With the kind of election we are having and the unsavory ways some candidates are trying to get votes, my thoughts turn to a much courteous time when gentle persuasion was the order of the day. Before the day itself, homemakers in New England fired up their ovens to bake election cakes. Bon Appetit has…

November 4: National Candy Day

It seems that as the holidays approach, the holidays involving sweets are also happening. Today is National Candy Day in the United States and there’s no reason why we can’t celebrate, even just a little bit. If it appears that I’m always writing about food holidays, yes, I am but I am endeavoring to write…

October 28: National Chocolate Day

My love affair with chocolate began when I was less than a year old. Both my parents are chocolate lovers and have passed on their sweet tooth. I’ve been known to use Hershey’s bars to draw on the crib (that’s when cribs were still made of wood). I’ve never been able to resist chocolate and…

Salt: The Supreme Seasoning

“Where would we be without salt?” James Beard (1903-1985) When I was a child, we moved around a lot. One of the curious things that I noticed was my mom would always bring in a container of rice and a container of salt into the house before anything else. I don’t remember what superstition was…

September 24: National Pancake Day

When it comes to pancakes, I have very distinct memories. As far as I can remember, my dad didn’t really cook except for one thing – pancakes. His pancakes, although good, are monstrously large. I still remember trying to choke down the dinner plate-sized pancakes. So his declaration of “I’m making pancakes” made me think…

Book Review: “Layered” by Tessa Huff

Even though my husband and I have reached the empty nest stage I still love to bake. And Tessa Huff’s book “Layered” is the perfect cookbook for baking for two. My daughter was sweet enough to buy it for me. A number of recipes are for 6” pans which will produce cakes that we can…

Cooking Term: Barbeque

It’s hard to believe that summer is coming to an end and I haven’t had a single opportunity to fire up the grill. So today, I’ll be cutting into some pork and marinating it overnight. I’ll have to soak the bamboo skewers as well. Then tomorrow, I can thread the pork on them and have…

Aug. 15: National Lemon Meringue Pie Day

Today we in the U.S. celebrate National Lemon Meringue Pie Day! Lemon meringue happens to be one of my favorite pies. It’s the perfect pie for a hot summer day. I may have mentioned before that when I was young, I wasn’t a big fan of fruit – or pies, for that matter. And I…

August 10: National S’mores Day!

I’ve been off for a while due to some sticky family situation but I’m back just in time for S’mores Day. Talk about sticky situations! As a kid, I’ve roasted marshmallows and I was familiar with Mallomars and Moonpies but I didn’t know what a s’more (or smore) was until I came to the U.S. decades…