Banana Pancakes

June 24 My oldest returned from a week at Boy Scout Camp this weekend.  When I asked him what he missed, he answered “my cat” first, and “you,” second… but I suspect that really he meant, “I missed your food.”  His request for his first morning back with air-conditioning and electricity? Banana Pancakes. Of course,Continue reading “Banana Pancakes”

Bacon-Wrapped Duck Breasts

June 24 If the pick-up truck parked in your driveway has ever looked like this, then you probably already have some variation of this recipe, but just in case… I was first introduced to this appetizer over a decade ago by my husband’s then-roommate, John, who was, and is, a consummate duck hunter. But mostContinue reading “Bacon-Wrapped Duck Breasts”

Peanut Butter Cookies

June 25 My husband loves peanut butter cookies.  It’s always seemed an odd “favorite cookie” choice to me, what with all the chocolate in the world.  I used to think it had something to do with the fact that when we were newly-weds, my then-teenager brother was notorious for stopping by and devouring (as only teenage boysContinue reading “Peanut Butter Cookies”

Black Bean Corn Salsa

July 2 The Fourth of July is my favorite “eating” holiday.  Even better than Thanksgiving or Christmas — at least when it is not too hot.  All my favorite things are in season.  We start the morning off with a bike parade in Triangle Park, and then, for the past fifteen years, give or take, we’veContinue reading “Black Bean Corn Salsa”

Brownies Without The Box

July 16 For someone who has always shied away from box cakes (I can make my mom’s faster than I can go buy the box), I’ve always been deathly afraid to make brownies without a box. I was scarred (not physically, thank goodness) very early in life by brownies.  One afternoon I was babysitting my younger sistersContinue reading “Brownies Without The Box”

Smoky Eggplant Dip (“Moutabbal”)

July 16 We have apparently reached the age of the insanely busy summer.  I seem to spend my life in the car, shuttling boys from Vacation Bible School, to tennis lessons, and then to baseball camp — and my kids don’t even do travel ball!  Or even more strangely, I find myself alone for whole chunksContinue reading “Smoky Eggplant Dip (“Moutabbal”)”

Chocolate Chip Cookies

August 31 One of the biggest perks of teaching is that we are off on school holidays.  My friends who actually use their law degrees? Not so much.  So sometimes they let me hang out with their kids… and sometimes, I get those kids to make cookies with me, since my kids (sigh) are kindaContinue reading “Chocolate Chip Cookies”