“To feel safe and warm on a cold wet night, all you really need is soup.” Laurie Colwin
Hi I'm Andrea
I love to cook and bake for my friends and loved ones. Especially comforting foods such as soup and bread and don't forget the sweet treats! I live on Cape Cod in Massachusetts in a coastal New England town where life is dictated by the seasons: going to the beach in the summer and shoveling snow in the wintertime. I am lucky to have my days revolve around my family: I have two children, a husband and a dog. My parents live right down the street in the house where I grew up. Life is good here and I always want to share it through a delicious meal and a friendly gathering. So, get out your soup pot and your baking pans and gather up your ingredients. Let's cook up some magic together!
The first time I made this pie, I followed the original instructions which included the pith and the skin of the oranges and the lemon. And it was oh, so bitter. But in spite of the fact that I do not like bitter orange flavors like marmalade and such, I persisted and ate all of the pie, a small slice per day, until it was gone. Not because I am stubborn, prideful and refuse to let my hard work go to waste (all these points are true), but because of the real reason: the crust was exquisite and shame on anyone who wastes a crisp, flaky homemade pie crust. Shame on them. Continue reading “Blood Orange Pie”
It’s really nothing to look at but delicious to eat. A perfectly easy hot hors d’eouvre to serve with crackers or even Cape Cod Potato Chips. I found the recipe in my grandmother’s recipe file. While she wasn’t known for her cooking, she certainly loved to entertain. Her old file is filled with no shortage of quick and easy recipes mainly magazine and newspaper clippings affixed to recipe index cards with Scotch tape that is slowly disintegrating. From recipes with Campbell’s soup as its base to more intricate ones like Swedish Meatballs and even one made with green jello, canned pineapple and cottage cheese, there is something for everyone…that is if you having a “Mad Men” themed party. Continue reading “Crab Puff”
So, I wrote a book. Well, actually, I put together a collection of my favorite blog posts from 2008-2016. Can you believe I have been writing this blog for that long? I definitely cannot. The posts are organized by subject instead of dates which makes for an interesting analysis of my thoughts on my childhood, motherhood, my family and, of course, my friends. It’s all wrapped up in a paperback that you can snuggle up with in bed or throw in your beach bag. The reading is light enough that you don’t need to think much about it and most of my musings include recipes, too. So you can make a snack or a cocktail or both if you want something to go with the entertainment. Continue reading “My New Book: Notes From Val’s Kitchen: Stories, Food and Life on Cape Cod”
I love everything bagel flavored anything. I love soft bread and savory versions of my favorite sweet treats. I love toasted bagels with scallion and chive cream cheese smeared all over them. And I absolutely love sharp cheddar cheese.
So, it should come as no surprise that I re-purposed this super easy cinnamon bun dough to make some savory delights. Of course, I made sure to make some of the original recipe*, as well. Because they so delightful slathered with cream cheese frosting. And maybe, just maybe I can keep the kids away from the savory ones that I like to enjoy with a glass of red wine. Continue reading “Everything Bagel, Cheddar and Chive Swirl Buns”
Is it a special occasion? Or just an occasion that would be made that much better with cake? Does it matter? I think not! Especially when this cake is so easy to make and requires little more than some basic pantry supplies and a large container of rainbow sprinkles. And, it definitely brings out the joy in everyone. People get really excited when they see that I’ve used a ton of sprinkles. It’s like I’m throwing around dollar bills when I walk into the room with this cake. Money is great but, a slice of cake tastes way better.
I thought weeknights were exhausting when my kids were little and barely doing any extra curricular activities aside from one dance class or soccer practice between Monday and Friday. Well, that has certainly changed to being home just long enough to devour a meal that didn’t come out of a box or the pizza place down the street. (I employ both of these dinner strategies, by the way, I just try not to make it a daily occurrence.) During these hectic fall days filled with Friday night football games, Halloween costumes and Thanksgiving preparations, it’s nice to know that there is a super simple and fast recipe to pull out for dinner that will please just about everyone at the table. Who doesn’t like soft pasta filled with cheese, some bright vegetables warmed in flavorful chicken broth? If you are at my house, I’m not asking, I’m just putting it on the table and serving it with crusty bread. Yes, you can have seconds. No, you may not watch T.V. before you do your homework. Continue reading “Fast and Easy Cheese Tortellini Soup”
Whenever I go to Starbucks for my grande latte, which isn’t very often but as often as I can, I like to check out the case of sweet stuff just to the right of the cash register. I love the lemon cake with the layer of sweet frosting that you can peel off in one piece, the mini vanilla scones and the thick slices of marble cake, bitter chocolate and warm vanilla, the best of both worlds in one dessert. But recently, I spied a large, round cookie, half frosted and decorated with rainbow colored sugar. Not the usual type of choice for me but something made me ask for it. Continue reading “Fruity Cereal Cookies”