Nuts About Doughnuts

mouse over images for captions Sweet, fried dough? Made to conveniently fit in you hand?  There are so many reasons to love this treat. And we in the US are not the only lovers of this decadent, delicious deep fried dough. From Zeppole in Southern Italy...

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Petite Baking

(mouse over images for captions) I am practicing small. Small is my new temporary approach to all activities, including kitchen happenings. Just as I am fitting into my "petite making" space, so I am adjusting to my new petite baking space. My temporary kitchen is 10 feet...

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Finding Your Feet

(mouse over images for captions) Hasn't it been a long hiatus? It feels as if I have been floating above ground and there have been no feet with which to land. After finishing a 15 year restoration on the bungalow where Art On The Menu lived, cooked...

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Summer In Winter

When I want a diversion from the kale and roasted veggie salads of winter, I start rummaging in my freezer.  I love the brilliance that Autumn gives us. It's that last bright burst of color before the low gray sky and cold days of December...

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For The Love Of Holiday Cookies

What is it about Holiday baking? It's the indefinable scent of sugar, butter and spices wafting from the oven and falling like a soft cloud of sweetness, covering every nook and cranny of your home. And, it's the childhood memory of anticipating that first buttery bite...

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The Personal Palette

We all have a personal palette.  Fashionistas say all colors are a go. But there are those colors that make us want to sink right in, and relax. Although my painting palette is a rainbow of color, my personal palette is earth tones, accentuated  with...

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Squeezed

The lovely lemon has a recorded history dating back to ancient Egypt and Rome. It was brought to the new world in the 16th Century. Aren't we lucky! We use it not only for brightening flavors but also medicinal purposes. It even has an artist's...

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The Orange Messenger

It was late May,  really not that long ago.  The low gray sky and heavy clouds were barely filtering the sun on a cold wet Saturday morning. It was another dreary visit to the Farmers Market on the wettest recorded Spring in 70 years. I love...

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Cheese Chat

From the perfect selection on a trolley that's wheeled around 'fine dining' establishments, to the orange day- glow product extruded from an aerosol can, when it comes to cheese there is something for everyone. Be it artisanal or lowbrow, melting creaminess or plastic wrapped slices, the...

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Peace In A Cookie? Part 2

I still write my initial blog notes with pen and paper. And sometimes, I just can't pick up that pen. The words just aren't there. During the last 'pen-less' three weeks I also watched as a human rights revolution, and celebration, spread across the Mid-East...

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