The Perfect Homemade Cookie for Any Occasion

“Sometimes me think, ‘What is friend?’ and then me say, ‘Friend is someone to share the last cookie with.” –Cookie Monster

Homemade chocolate chip cookie recipeOne of my favorite childhood memories is baking homemade cookies with my mother. Standing on a wooden stool next to her in the kitchen, she would measure the ingredients and allow me to pour them into the bowl before mixing. The best part, of course, was sneaking tastes of dough along the way and licking the bowl clean at the end.

Thanks to her loving guidance, it wasn’t long until I was baking them on my own. From chocolate chip to oatmeal raisin, sugar and molasses, lemon butterscotch and more, I have baked over hundreds of dozens of cookies for dozens of people and events throughout my junior high, high school, college and, now, early adulthood years. Read more

October: Season of All Things Apples and Pumpkins

apple cider doughnuts recipe

Apples are “intrinsically connected to human history,” writes Amy Traverso in The Apple Lover’s Cookbook.  A lifelong lover of apples and food editor of Yankee Magazine, Traverso’s apple cookbook offers a wide range of recipes from Pan-Seared Salmon with Cider-Glazed Onions to Baked Apple Oatmeal Pudding.

“I saw the lush beauty of an orchard at full fruit, and understood why so much early literature, from the Bible to Greek and Scandinavian mythology, equates the orchard with Paradise itself,” she writes. “To me, an apple farm in September or October represents everything that is inspiring in nature – its abundance and sweetness – and strikes me as a spiritual setting as much as any church or temple.” Read more