Monthly Archives: May 2014


Mom’s Oatmeal Cookies

When you get a batch of Mom’s cookies, that’s when you know you’re really going somewhere.  I don’t mean that you have finally worked your way to the top.  I mean that your bags are packed and you’re headed out the door.    She used to make these for my Dad when they were dating.  Friday night he’d drive down from grad school in New Hampshire to see her, and Sunday night she’d send him back with a batch of cookies.  The intent was for the cookies to last the week, but they never made it past the Massachusetts state line.

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Spiced Applesauce

My grandmother, Grace, used to make homemade applesauce every summer at our bed and breakfast in Maine.  Hers was simple – boiled apples run through a foodmill – and it was fantastic.  I loved that it was pink, thanks to the skins still on, and that the first bowl would be served warm, straight from the mill and into our bellies.  To me, that’s how applesauce should be eaten – warm and chunky with a nice rosy glow, not like the pale, slimy stuff at the grocery store.
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Orange Pistachio Biscotti

This was one of the first baking recipes that I ‘veganized’ after becoming plant based.  The original recipe is from Cynthia Nims’ The Best Places Northwest Desserts Cookbook.   Everyone that has tasted them has asked for the recipe.  I mean everyone.  I brought them in to work once, and someone who missed out on tasting them even asked for the recipe.

If you’re single and you make these, I’m guessing you won’t be single for long.

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