Grandpa Bob’s Date Nut Pinwheel Cookies

I wrote this piece for a food writing course at JMU, and then adapted some of it for a newspaper article about cookie exchanges. Date Nut Pinwheels are my absolute favorite Christmas cookie, for they are soft, subtly sweet and sentimental. I hope you enjoy. Dozens of tins cover the wooden table in the dining … Continue reading Grandpa Bob’s Date Nut Pinwheel Cookies

Annual Montpelier Hunt Races + Agua de Valencia, Butternut Squash Galette

Majestic horses, beautiful friends and wonderful food made my Saturday complete. Watching the Montpelier Hunt Races has become a tradition for my family and friends, and this year's day of tailgating was perfect, with unusually warm weather and plenty of sun relieving us of coats that we'd brought, just in case. You never know what … Continue reading Annual Montpelier Hunt Races + Agua de Valencia, Butternut Squash Galette

How to make a better loaf of bread and other baking lessons from King Arthur Flour

Remember that delicious loaf of whole wheat bread I made a few weeks back? The one with the HUGE hole running through? The hole certainly didn't affect the taste, but besides being an eyesore, it caused peanut butter and jelly's to become a sticky mess oozing from the bread. And really, that's just not acceptable. … Continue reading How to make a better loaf of bread and other baking lessons from King Arthur Flour