Holiday Cookies

Dipping the assembled mallomar cookies in melted chocolate The finished chocolate cookie I married into a large extended family.  Sam's mom had only boys and created a tradition of Christmas cookie baking with her nieces. This yearly tradition has expanded to include cousins, their children and now partners.  This year we [...]

December 7th, 2015|Food, Holidays, Uncategorized|

Thanksgiving Menu

Thanksgiving Dinner is Served! Designing kitchens is especially fun for me since I love spending time in them.  Cooking a holiday meal is like a design project for me--the coordination of dishes and presentation helps make the meal special. Thanksgiving is a major event in my family.  Typically, we'll have up to 17 [...]

November 23rd, 2015|Food, Holidays|

Celebrate Elephant Appreciation Day!

This elephant near a bookcase might represent knowledge. (Photography by Emily Anderson for Matchbook) You are probably asking yourself “elephant what . . . ?” However, it is true: September 22 is National Elephant Appreciation Day, established in 1996. In some cultures, elephants are symbolic of good luck, protection, strength and love. You [...]

September 22nd, 2015|Holidays|

Fifty Shades of Romance

Within just a few short weeks we shall find ourselves surrounded by Cupids, Chocolate, and hues of Red. Saint Valentine’s Day was named for a martyr who performed marriages for Roman soldiers who were forbidden from marrying. Valentine’s Day first becomes associated with romantic love in the flourishing times of Chaucer and Courtly Love. [...]