Author Archives: Brette

Circles of Holiday Joy

We have two holiday wreaths that go up each year: one on the front door, and the second on a wall in the dining room. I realized these wreaths must be at least 15 years old, probably older. I am also pretty sure the wreaths themselves were hand-me-downs that we redecorated. The metal framing of … Read more

Salt Baking Experiment

Posted by Brette in Food
Salt Baking Experiment

I’ve been reading about about baking things in a salt crust. It’s supposed to yield extremely moist and tender results. I saw a rutabaga roasted in a salt crust in a magazine recently and decided to give it a go. First I gently peeled the outer wax off the rutabaga. Then I mixed about 2 … Read more

Stuffed Delicata Squash

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Stuffed Delicata Squash

I came home with delicata squash this week from the CSA and wanted to do something with it, other than just slicing it up and roasting it or sauteing it. I ended up hollowing it out and stuffing it like a zucchini which let me use up more CSA veggies and resulted in a really … Read more

Crazy Good Ranch Potatoes

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Crazy Good Ranch Potatoes

Warning: you’ll want to eat too much of this. I’m going to have to relegate this recipe to a once a year situation I think. It’s THAT good.  You end up with crunchy potatoes with a kicky ranch sauce with plenty of cheesy goodness. 4.5 from 2 reviews Crazy Good Ranch Potatoes   Print Serves: … Read more

Top 6 Places to Shop in the Adirondacks

A recent fall getaway to the Adirondacks allowed me to scope out the best places to shop. No outlet malls on my list (If you want ‘em, they’re in Lake George)! Here are my top 5 places to visit to find great artisan, antique and unique local finds. 1. Keene and Keene Valley. These two … Read more

Thanksgiving: The Forgotten Holiday

I went to Home Goods earlier this week (always a mistake). The Christmas decorations are out. October wasn’t even half over. The fall decorations have been shoved to the side and Santas and snowmen have taken over. I’ll admit I have no qualms buying Christmas decorations in October. In fact, if you want to get … Read more

Why I Cook

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Why I Cook

Lately there has been a lot of discussion in the media about family dinners. In case you didn’t know, family dinners will apparently solve all your family’s problems – from health issues, to mental health, to school performance and more. There has also been a glut of cookbooks lately that claim to make cooking family … Read more

Hidden Treasures in the Black Hills

When we planned a trip to the Black Hills of South Dakota, I was not eagerly anticipating it. It turned out to be a fantastic place to vacation with excellent shopping (my thing!), awe-inspiring monuments, and incredibly nature. Read all about the great things to do in my piece for GoGirlfriend.

A Collection Is Born

Posted by Brette in Collecting
A Collection Is Born

I’m guilty of having several collections and I just decided to start a new one (shhh – don’t tell my husband!). If you’re a collector, you probably have some interesting stories about how your collections started. Some collections are inherited. That’s how I became interested in Depression glass. My grandmother collected it and I inherited … Read more

Brazilian Cheese Puffs

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Brazilian Cheese Puffs

Every couple of years or so we find ourselves at a Brazilian BBQ restaurant – sometimes called a churrascaria. If you’re not familiar, gauchos come around with hot rotisserie meats cooked on skewers and carve pieces off at your table. There is also a huge buffet of hot and cold items (and this is not … Read more