Roast Beef with Gravy, Popovers, Potatoes and Tiny Carrots (but mostly, a book review of “Meals in Minutes”)

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The first thing you need to know about Jamie Oliver’s “Meals in Minutes” is that the title is a lie. Don’t get me wrong – I love the book. Continue reading

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Coconut Macaroons

Confession time: I hate baking. I hate it so much. I hate the precision, I hate the measuring. I hate the high rate of failure of my cakes and cookies. And I ¬†especially hate the cleanup. But everyone bakes for the holidays, right? I was so happy to find this cookie recipe in Food & Wine magazine – Danny’s Macaroons only use 6 ingredients, very few of which need to be measured. I whipped up a batch this morning before Christmas Eve brunch. They were easy and delicious. Continue reading

Caramels

My brother-in-law’s sisters are beautiful. They are also very thin and careful about what they eat. So at a party for my niece, I took special notice that Dan’s sister got so excited when their grandma arrived with her homemade caramels. She told me that these were a family favorite, and after unwrapping my first one, I completely understood why. Continue reading