Spirited Bites

Giving Thanks

It’s easy to be thankful. Ok, it’s easy to be thankful when it’s Thursday afternoon late in November. Easy to be thankful when you have nothing to do except cook or watch football, when you have a full glass of wine, when the buffet table is overflowing with rich foods, when you have another three […]

Comfort Food & Cooking

It’s that time of year, full steam ahead. We’re heading into the holidays and, in short order, the end of the year. I’ll be honest, I’ve never really understood when people talk about how crappy a year was and how ready they are for a new year, a fresh start. Until now. This year has […]

Gin Spiced Gravlax

Gin Spiced Gravlax

As I mentioned in a previous post, I found a new hobby last summer. It started with blueberry chai jam and continued from there. The bottom shelf of my china “cabinet” (it’s really just a bookshelf we’ve repurposed to hold the fine dinnerware) is starting to fill with jars. At this point, I’ve done more […]

Gin & Earl Grey Tea Cake

One of the perks of having a test kitchen in the office is that, under the right hands, it turns into something of a gift to the office. Our test kitchen is managed by someone who is as talented as she is considerate. And, in much the same way that the kitchen is often the […]

The only constant…

After a blogging hiatus and a year that has felt busy, intense, and changing (heck, the last week has felt that way!), I’ve spent some time thinking about this little project of mine. Why I started it (to write more and cook more), why I’ve tried to continue it (because it feels challenging and worthwhile), […]

Cookies. Love.

One of my favorite scenes in one of my favorite movies (Stranger Than Fiction) is when Ana (Maggie Gyllenhaal) tempts Harold (Will Ferrell) with a warm cookie. Ana: After a really awful no-good day, didn’t your mama ever make you milk and cookies? Harold: No. My mother didn’t bake. The only cookies I ever had […]