• Hey (Dutch) baby!

    So, Christmas is over. We braved the mall and ran in the snow and tried (and failed) to work off all that Christmas ham and macaroni and cheese and cranberry sauce (3 miles in the pool so far this week). But the holidays aren’t done yet! Even if you had to go back to work […]

  • Wassail

    three-mugs

    Here we come a-wassailing out in the snow so white   Here we come a-wassailing late into the night Love and cookies come to you, to you and your grandma too And God bless you and send you a happy new year And God send you a happy new year. {end singing}   We had […]

  • Bourbon brown sugar shortbread

    We have a lot of bourbon in our house. It’s in our bar, in our pantry, on display and even in a painting on our wall. Apparently that’s normal for someone from Kentucky whose family runs a distillery… but it still seems a bit strange to me. I try to embrace it, though. I’ve made […]

  • Triple chocolate cookies with sprinkles

    OK, so it’s almost Christmas and I haven’t posted any cookies yet. I’m really sorry. I do have some fabulously delicious cookies for you today, though. I have made them twice, once with rainbow sprinkles and once with red, white and blue sprinkles. Red and green sprinkles would make them perfect for Christmas. Even though […]

  • Skinny tomato soup and green grilled cheese

    I unabashedly love grilled cheese. But a year of grilled cheeses (and frozen yogurt with rainbow sprinkles) from the cafe on the first floor of one of the Senate office buildings wreaked havoc on my figure, so I needed to cut back. And now I work in the Pentagon, which is completely devoid of acceptable […]

  • Red velvet whoopie pies

    whoopie-pies

    If you watched or read about Saturday’s game, you’ll know that “sad” is an understatement for how I feel. Crushed, perhaps? Forlorn? This piece hits the nail on the head, but if you’re looking for a shorter summary: It was a fantastic game, and Georgia was amazing. Then, when we were less than five yards […]

  • Gooooo Georgia Bulldogs!

    In case you’re unaware (e.g. you live north of the Mason-Dixon line), tomorrow is the SEC Championship game. That’s Southeastern Conference, not the Securities and Exchange Commission. Anyway, Georgia is playing Alabama… which means we will be putting on our red and black and barking at the television tomorrow. If you’re cheering for the Bulldogs, […]

  • Bourbon sweet potatoes

    bourbon-sweet-potatoes

    Cranberries may be my favorite part of Thanksgiving, but they certainly aren’t the only exciting dish on the table. Sweet potatoes are also a crucial part of the feast for me, particularly when topped with marshmallows. Growing up, the only kind of sweet potatoes I remember eating is the (fabulous) kind my mom made — […]

  • Cranberry sauce with pears

    cran-pear

    While most people look forward to Thanksgiving for the turkey, the mashed potatoes or the pie, my favorite thing about turkey day is… the cranberries. I seriously cannot get enough. Every year, I buy approximately one billion bags of cranberries to freeze and make lots and lots of cranberry sauce. And then eat it all. […]

  • Frankencookies

    halloween-cookies

    I had this great idea: Chocolate chip cookies with candy corn. Yum, right? And there are recipes and photos out there of such a cookie. Then I realized they might be overly sweet, so I decided to add some crushed potato chips for balance. Um… it didn’t work out quite how I planned. The cookies […]