Category Archives: Cookbooks

Snowman Cupcakes

Looking for a cute cupcake to make during the winter season? How about cupcakes shaped like snowmen? It’s a fluffy and moist cupcake covered in white frosting, coconut, marshmallows and candy to look like snowmen. Even if you don’t like coconut or have an allergy to coconut, you can make these without the coconut and still have a cute and fun snowman.
After you make the cupcakes, for which the recipe is listed below, you’ll need the following to decorate: 1 container of white frosting, 22 standard marshmallows, 1 package (7 ounces) flaked coconut, 44 large black gumdrops, mini orange candy-coated …


Patriots New England Chili

Where has the football season gone?  Tomorrow is the last game of the regular season for the New England Patriots against the Buffalo Bills at Gillette Stadium.  I would highly recommend you try making Chef Daniel Bruce’s New England Patriots Chili from his new cookbook Simply New England in time for the game!

I have made this several times already using both beef and chicken and it has quickly disappeared. The leftovers I craved were nowhere to be found! This is an incredible recipe unlike any chili recipe I have made in the past using ingredients that have never been in …


Simply New England Simply Delicious

When a friend told me he was writing a cookbook with Chef Daniel Bruce I was excited.  I did not know what to expect from this cookbook.  My friend just told me that Chef Bruce has a very interesting story to share in addition to his wonderful recipes.
It is true and something that you would not expect to read from one of the country’s leading chefs!  From his humble beginnings in New Hampshire, his travels, how he met his wife and ended up coming back to Boston are well worth the read! You can learn much more through the stories …


Curried Cauliflower Soup

A recent report in the New England Journal of Medicine finds that regularly eating nuts may lower the risk of health issues like heart disease, colon cancer and type 2 diabetes.
A great way to make your diet a little nuttier is to add nut butters to smoothies or ground nuts, like almonds or cashews, to soups. This flavorful, healthy cauliflower soup is from Andrew Weil’s cookbook True Food. As is, it’s a creamy concoction, but I like to add a little extra texture with some cubed sweet potatoes, garbanzo beans for protein and kale for color.

Andrew Weil’s Curried Cauliflower Soup
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Cyber Monday

The holiday season is in full gear! The shopping season is shorter this year! Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, a Christmas classic aired before Thanksgiving this year! Black Friday has passed and now we are onto Cyber Monday!  If your email boxes are like ours, they are filled with emails from every store imaginable offering better and better deals.
For those who have shopped and only got 40% off and today is 50%, what do you do?  Order again and return the original order?  The dilemmas of Cyber Monday!
Today is the first day back at work for most of us after the …


Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen: Gingerly Carrot Soup

Ginger is my favorite flavor. The scent of fresh ginger makes me swoon, and I add it to tea, pasta, soups…the list goes on. Here’s another recipe from the cookbook Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen. It might be my favorite so far – a bit of cinnamon enhances the sweetness of the carrots, and that delicious ginger tastes great and helps with nausea.
Make sure to check out the cookbook, and my other posts on the book, whether you’re a cancer patient, survivor, or just want to get some more goodness into your diet. You can feel these recipes working: not …


Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen: Quinoa with Pears and Maple Vinaigrette

Last week I shared a recipe from the book Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen. I was so happy with the sweet potato fries I thought I’d give some other recipes a try, like this tasty quinoa salad.
Quinoa is a mainstay of my diet because of its protein content. As the book describes, it’s also a great source of calcium, fiber and B vitamins. In addition to being great for you, this salad is the perfect fall meal. It’s subtly sweet and is great on its own, over a bed of baby greens, or with another recipe from the book, Gingerly …


Cookbook review: Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen

I was excited to receive the cookbook Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen last week, and since I think it’s a great resource, I thought I’d give it a little review here.
The authors, Annette Ramke and Kendall Scott are both cancer survivors. Not only do they suggest healthy, wholesome recipes; they share their personal stories and experiences, from finding out they had cancer to what made them feel better during treatment. They’ve found from personal experience that eating a healthful diet is rejuvenating and helps support your body during treatment.  It’s half cookbook, half friendly resource.
One of my favorite features is …


Butterscotch Brownies

The alluring thing about brownies is their simplicity and decadence.  Classy enough for a dinner party and casual enough for a gift, brownies are one of the more versatile desserts.  While cookies come in different shapes and sizes, brownies can be spicy or bitter, pudgy or crispy, gooey or soft.  It’s all a matter of taste and opinion.  Brownies are so easy to make, that experimenting with the recipe should be encouraged in every cookbook and every box of mix.
Starting with a basic recipe from Baking: From My Home to Yours, I realized I had leftover butterscotch bits, and thought, …


Life with my Mother

After my father passed away in February of 1966, my mother devoted her life to her two young children ages 9 and 4.  She never dated or wanted to date. Her children and family were her life.  She hated driving and would never take a highway.  If she could get there by back roads she would go! If there were no back roads, it was the Long Island Railroad or a cab!
She loved to shop and did all of our clothes shopping and would bring home bags of clothes for us for us to try on!  She loved jewelry.
I never …