Butterscotch Birthday Cake

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One of my kitchen idols (please tell me I’m not alone in having ‘kitchen idols’) is Nigella Lawson. Or perhaps I should say that her television and cookbook persona is my idol, as tabloid stories and a prominent court case last year suggest that her real life, like so many other celebrities, is vastly different from the one we see onscreen. But that doesn’t make me like her any less as a cook. Continue reading

Thanksgiving Abroad

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As it turns out, both Shannon and I had family visiting us in London for Thanksgiving, which, while fun, was not conducive to writing. I’ll let Shannon do her own recap of what she made on Thanksgiving, and the fun things she did with her family during their visit, but in the meantime I thought I’d share some thoughts about Thanksgiving abroad and my favorite pie dough recipe. Because ’tis the season (for pie!). Continue reading

Strawberry Cake in October

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I’m a sucker for farmers’ markets. There’s something so enticing about buying produce outdoors, about seeing the people from your neighborhood and further afield mingling, about shopping without a list and not knowing what you’ll come home with. We have a glorious farmers’ market on the south side of Hampstead Heath on Saturday mornings with an array of stalls that varies throughout the year, but has enough consistency to feel familiar and comforting. It’s a great way to start the weekend; picking over the veg, bread and cheese on display, treating yourself to a baked good or hot sausage bap before going for a walk through the Heath. Beautiful seasonal finds have led to some of my favorite cooking adventures this year. This strawberry cake, unfortunately, is not the result of such idyllic, high-minded shopping. Continue reading