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Nom nom nom

This post could also be titled: “How to make your boss’s birthday.” Assuming, of course, that your boss is a oatmeal cookie person. Oatmeal cookies are my boss’s favorite.

Since I work in such a small office, we normally do a little something for each person’s birthday. Especially for summer birthdays when everything is incredibly quiet. 

Fast forward to Sunday night when I remember I had agreed to bake something and am scrambling. Oatmeal? Check. Raisins? No check. Okay, cherries then. Turned out to be a genius move. 

The dried cherries are bright and tart. The oatmeal is toasted. And the overall effect is addicting, even for those who aren’t normally big fans of oatmeal cookies like me.

Chewy Cherry Oatmeal Cookies

Adapted from the Kitchn

3 1/2 c old-fashioned rolled oats
1 c flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp fine salt
2 sticks butter, room temperature
3/4 c brown sugar
3/4 c sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 c dried tart cherries

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Spread oats over 2 baking sheets evenly. Bake, stirring halfway through, for 15-20 minutes. Oats will be slightly golden and smell great! Set aside to cool.

Take 1/2 cup of toasted oats and put in food processor/blender/spice grinder. Pulse until finely ground. Set aside.

Cream butter and sugars in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla, scraping down bowl as necessary.

Add all dry ingredients including toasted and ground oats. Stir until just combined. Add cherries and gently mix in using a rubber spatula, until evenly distributed.

Place cookies on baking sheet and bake 8-10 minutes. Bake an additional 2 minutes if you prefer crispier cookies. 

Let cookies cool on baking sheet for 1-2 minutes. Move cookies on rack to cool completely.


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Cold Weather Comfort Soup


In October, I had the good fortune to go to a little town in Connecticut to celebrate my favorite TV show. I saw many wonderful people and had a great time, despite the cold incessant rain. Bone chilling rain. All. Weekend. Long.

Needless to say, soup was definitely on the mind.

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Sighting: Elegant Comfort Food


How can this be? Elegant comfort food. Brisket, macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, brownies. Sure, they are all comfort foods but I wouldn’t go so far to say that they are elegant. It takes some pretty fussing piping and arranging to make them look nice. And there is seemingly little point as you will soon demolish them while sitting on the couch, wrapped in a blanket, watching Netflix.

This, like so many of my other recipes, came from a point of necessity. A sad eggplant. An enormous container of mashed potatoes. A few rogue mushrooms. And FMFK’s (future Mr. Fictional Kitchen) burning desire for something called potato cakes which he has never eaten nor has any idea how to make. Since I have a tendency to read cookbooks cover to cover, I did have an idea.

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Adding a Little Spice

Moroccan Chicken with Olives

This recipe is the Best Stew with Olives winner according to Food52, and I certainly agree it is delicious. The next few weeks are going to bring about many changes: moving in with my fiance, moving to a new state, starting a new job, still trying to plan a wedding from another state.

Naturally, this has brought about a need for comfort food. I often to turn British food when I want comforting. Mashed potatoes and onion gravy. Crispy-skinned sausages. Toad in a hole. Chicken tikka masala.

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Soup to Warm the Soul

farro soup

Amongst some of the less fun things I did while in Italy was helping clean out my grandparents’ house. While they live in the city, they kept my grandmother’s parents’ home in the country. We would go there to play in the garden or learn to ride our bikes. It was where I learned to eat raspberries from the vine and made myself sick eating too many kiwis which grew over the garage.

Sometimes, when my family came to visit, we would all live down there for a week or two. While the church bells tolling through the night can be annoying, the day-long bike rides through the risaia were well worth it. Now the house is up for sale and we must remove the furniture, clothes, books, and knick-knacks which have accumulated over the years.

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Comfort Food: Book Review

It was in a used book shop that I stumbled upon Kate Jacobs’ second work, Comfort Food. I had just finished reading Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots and so the cover appealed to me.

The book follows the life of food television star, Gus Simpson. Simpson found solace and employment in cooking after she was unexpectedly widowed at a young age. She has achieved star status, a comfortable house in the Hampton, and two beautiful daughters. Now it seems that her world is under attack.
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Fish Pie


Look at those crispy peaks!

As you will soon realize, I love anything in pie form. Almost as much as I love recipes in grams. This fish pie wins on both accounts!

As the weather cools down, I’ve been making more and more pies, sweet and savory. I was afraid that this, with its smoked fish and milk poaching liquid, would be a very fishy dish indeed. But, if you like clam chowder than you will love this dish. It does require a lot of work, but you can break it up into smaller tasks over a day or two.

This morning before work I was able to boil and mash the potatoes. I was using frozen fish and left it in the fridge to defrost all day. When I came home, all I had to do was poach the fish for a few minutes and make a white sauce.

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