Chloe Elizabeth

Phew, what a ride.  Two months and counting!

I’ve been posting pictures and a few stories on my baby blog (link in sidebar, below) – but I should be back to posting a few recipes here before too long.  How about Carmelized Banana Cake with Bourbon and Pecans? Lemon Lime Icebox Pie?  Uh huh.  Send Chloe some good “long nap” vibes, and we’ll get something posted soon!

One year ago on C&T: Chocolate Cookie Cupcakes and Sour Cream Blueberry Scones

Other good stuff from the archives:

PBJ&O Bars

Brown Sugar Cookie Crumble Ice Cream

Wonton Fruit Cups

Easy Berry Crisp

Hand Pies


St. Patty’s Recipe Round Up

It's raining shamrocks! Or, in Portland, just raining.

When I first moved to Portland, oh, umpteen million years ago, I worked at a downtown shop called Kathleen’s of Dublin.  (Oh look, it still exists!) The shop sells all kinds of Irish goods, from clothing to ceramics to food – all of it on the upscale end of things, not the usual trinkets and toys.  It was fun to work there, and I ended up with a love of all things Irish.  In fact, my husband and I – though neither of us have any Irish heritage to speak of – ended up with wedding rings featuring a Celtic knotwork design.  I’m pretty sure we bought our bands at Kathleen’s – but to be honest, I’m pregnant and the baby ate my brain, so I can’t swear that anything I say has a basis in fact at this point.

At any rate, I still love Irish music and Irish food and oh, the beer . . .

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Bring on Fall

So.  Summer is over, even though I feel like it never quite showed up here in Portland.  What’s the first rule of doing anything well?  Show up.  Bad job, summer.  You’re fired.  We’re moving on to Fall.

Luckily, fall has all of my favorite things – cool, crisp air, college football on TV, beer (okay, that’s all year long, but still) – and Labor Day weekend is just the beginning of all of it.  Happiness, all wrapped up with an autumn-colored bow.

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Brunch for Mom

Holy carpe diem, did you know Mother’s Day is this Sunday?!  Was it not just New Year’s Day, like, yesterday?  Sigh.  I wish time wouldn’t keep speeding up on me.  At any rate, in case you are as behind-the-times as I am, I thought I would post some quick links to my favorite easy-peasy yummy things that you can whip up in no time this weekend.  Mom deserves to be spoiled, after all.

In order with above pictures, starting at the top, from left to right:

Bacon Kale Mushroom Quiche

Butter Crumb Cakes

Dead Simple Chocolate Tart

Leek and Mushroom Tart

Ham and Gruyere Bread Pudding

Passionfruit Pound Cake

Chocolate Chai Cupcakes with Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting

Fresh Fruit Galette

Brown Sugar Yogurt Cake with Blueberries

Happy Mother’s Day Weekend to you all, I’ll be back next week with some new baked deliciousness to share!

One year ago on C& T:  Rum Raisin (Currant) Cookies, or The Booziest Cookies I Ever Did Make

Irish Soda Bread

One of the most interesting – and entertaining – things about having a blog is seeing what search terms people use to find your site.  “Brain on toast”, really?  What was that person looking for, and why click on my blog in their search results?  There are no brains here, and we certainly won’t be serving any on toast.

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Easter and Passover Links


Its Friday, it’s 5pm, and I am officially done with the Easter chocolate biz for this year–phew!!  Now I’m ready to actually think about my own Easter, and all the things I would like to be doing but probably will not have time for . . .

Like dying Easter eggs the natural way . . .

Or decorating some super cute cupcakes . . .

Or whipping up some swoon worthy chocolate draped macaroons . . .

Or waking up to the only kind of hot cross buns that might be worth the effort, if only someone would bake them for me.

However, I think I’m going to have to make some matzo crack(ers), because it’s Deb, and because they really are that good.  And if I do it tomorrow, I won’t even have to share, since my husband will be gone all day.  Maybe, if I have the energy, I’ll make him these as a consolation prize.  Or maybe I won’t share those either.

Time to pour the wine and ponder what a Saturday off, with no husband, and a clean kitchen, might bring me . . . pure bliss!