Mom, eater, avid reader, cook who’s won a couple of awards but never a fight about food with my children, non-profit employee, Vermont Woman columnist, a co-housing dweller, and recycling-composting-Subaru-driving Vermont type person.

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  • Location: crankycakes
  • Favorite foods: Organic & local, Italian, Greek, other Mediterranean, Thai, Chinese, Indian, and authentic Mexican, good fusion cuisine, good & thrifty foods, wildcrafting, canning and preserving, roasting, braising, baking.
  • Last bite on earth: How about a fraisier cake that follows a meal of savory roast duck with creamy mashed potatoes, oven roasted roots & brussels sprouts, and a slab of Cabot Clothbound Cheddar. And a great bottle of zin and some high-end ruby port.

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Homemade Chocolate Syrup and Milk

Fabulous. I've been looking for a better option than the standard stuff with corn syrup.

Make Almond Joys from Scratch

Why, that looks like it would do quite nicely indeed.

Gluten-Free Tuesday: Blueberry Cobbler

Looks great! A GF friend just gave me her idea for an egg white & sweet potato puree topping for cobbler that I'll be trying soon too.

Orange-Ginger Mignonette

Pictures of oysters make me want to cry now!

Cook the Book: Peanut Butter and Jelly Bread

I think this could officially turn me into my 7-year old's personal food hero.

How to Make Peepshi = Peeps Sushi

My love for Serious Eats has reached previously unimaginable heights. Thank you, friends, thank you.

Dinner Tonight: Velvet Chicken

Can't wait to try this. I definitely can picture this being goodness that goes on all week long ... dinner ala roast chicken with western-type sides, maybe in wraps or steamed buns or summer rolls, soup, ooh I just can't wait.

Chicago Deep Dish Pizza

Gorgeous! Can't wait to try this out.

Seriously Italian: Farfalle with Zucchini and Gorgonzola

Made this for dinner - really nice! I kept the zuke in half-moons, omitted the celery, and added some very finely chopped lacinata kale. Yum with pear cider out on the deck on this warm night.

Eat for Eight Bucks: Coq au Two-Buck Chuck

Always love your EFEB, Michele. And when it cools down (yes, I know, I know, it's August and supposed to be this hot) I'll definitely be having a cheap-ass fall dinner party. And probably with a $5 red, since no TJ's here in VT.

Seriously Italian: A Sicilian Breakfast To Beat The Heat

Just wait 'til I pull out this treat for the Sicilian BF ...

Dinner Tonight: Roast Chicken with Saffron and Lemons

Very excited to try this! Maybe with some simple crispy-roasted potatoes over greens ... with pan drippings as dressing ... something strawberry-ish for dessert ...

Cook the Book: Rhubarb Cream Cheese Pie with Fresh Strawberries

The recipe sounds great. And you've put to rest my fears that it would be curtains for my sons if they were to suddenly start nibbling on the leaves in the neighborhood rhubarb patch! (If you'd met them, you'd see that this is not an unreasonable fear.) Next up on my to-make-with-rhubarb list for this spring is Coconut & Lime's rhubarb gelatin.

Eat for Eight Bucks: Gai Pad Krapow (Thai Basil Chicken)

I love Eat for Eight Bucks! This post in particular brings back a dish we used to make at my family's dearly departed Five Spice Cafe (we cleverly called it "Thai Chicken with Basil").