Monthly Archives: September 2013

Kale Bowls and Boston Nostalgia

One time when I was still living in Boston, I fired up the stove (the gas kind, that makes those nice click sounds as it lights) and slapped down a sauté pan. From the next room, I heard the Roomz II say, “Are you making kale?” Kind of freaked out, I answered with a slow, […]

Strawberry Banana No-Churn Ice Cream with Campari Swirl

Last October, you might have noticed Ellen’s coverage of Bic’s ballpoint pens “for Her.” She did a spoof advertisement for the pens, which come in pink and purple, and are supposedly designed for a woman’s hand. As we were testing this ice cream, one of my friends said, “I don’t know. It’s kind of like […]

Shorty’s Files: How It All Began

Below: No recipes today–a trip down memory lane. Since settling back in here, I’ve had to figure out where I fit in at the restaurant. I’ve been reluctant to call myself “co-owner” or “co-manager,” and I’ve felt especially weird about “co-founder.” It has been easier to use a verb, to say, “I run a restaurant […]

Pickled Peppers and Shallots over Kale, with a Soft-Poached Egg

When I worked at Cayenne in Belfast, we had this duck salad that was always on the menu, or at least, it had been for as long people seemed to remember. It didn’t sound very glamorous, but when I tasted it, boy did I change my mind. A bed of baby gem lettuce was chopped […]

Olive Oil Ricotta Cake with Blueberry-Plum Coulis

I was checking out one of my new favorite reads, Hummingbird High, and I saw that Michelle has a series in which she kind of does meta blogging. Ha, sorry. She provides a cookie recipe–and who doesn’t always want one of those?–and then she talks about some aspect of blogging that might not be obvious […]

Deep Dish Pear Pie with Spice Crumble Topping + My Creative Process

I think it’s time we talked about something. If you have been reading through to the recipes on this blog, you may have noticed that a lot of my recipes are inspired by Deb at Smitten Kitchen. I’ve noticed this too, and for a while, I thought about reigning it in. I think before I […]

Pear Sauce Spice Cake + Homemade Pear Sauce

It’s that time of year when people start talking about the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte. I kinda think that pumpkin smells like vomit (ask my mom how squeamish I got during pumpkin carving as a kid), which is a little funny, since my birthday is on Halloween. When I was born, my mom kept saying, […]

Happy Birthday, CrandleCakes! Mocha Chocolate Cake & Cake Balls

Happy Birthday, CrandleCakes! Today marks Crandlecakes.com’s one-year anniversary. 52 weeks of moderately consistent blogging, and in internet terms, that’s serious commitment. Here are some delicious items to celebrate the occasion: Mocha Birthday Cake and those pesky Cake Balls that everyone’s still eating. It’s strange to think that when I started this blag (thanks, Jake), I […]