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Holiday Baking: A Recipe for Christmas Stollen

Holiday Baking: A Recipe for Christmas Stollen

One of my favorite things about the holidays is just how fabulous our house smells these days. Between the two giant Christmas trees and the non-stop baking marathon going on in the kitchen you might not even notice that we live with two enormous dogs and two cats! Seriously though, the smell of citrus, spices and loads of butter always puts me in the holiday spirit. Each family has different holiday baking traditions and our’s skew decidedly German in origin. One of the first recipes I bake each December is our Christmas stollen. A delicious, sweet cake-like bread studded with...

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Our Holiday 01 Collection

Our Holiday 01 Collection

Anyone who knows me knows that I absolutely adore the holidays. It really is the most wonderful time of the year and there isn’t a single thing about the season that I don’t like. I love the decorations, the music, the food, the cards, the celebrations, and the gift-giving. I even love the terribly cheesy Christmas movies on the Hallmark Channel (the one part of my holiday obsession that my husband really takes issue with). It’s a time of year filled with joy, love and giving thanks and I can’t think of a better way to close out the year....

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Our Fall 01 Collection

Our Fall 01 Collection

Now that fall is in full swing in New England, I’m happy to announce the launch of our Fall 01 collection. Each and every fall I find myself falling in love with cooking all over again. Summers in New England are full of fresh produce and seafood that barely needs to be touched to make it shine. Fall’s ingredients need a bit more coaxing to show their true beauty and that’s where your skills in the kitchen come in. Our Fall 01 collection was inspired by how I spend my Sundays in the kitchen all season long. Just a leisurely day...

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Farm & Fable's House Cocktail: La Louisiane

Farm & Fable's House Cocktail: La Louisiane

The change of seasons always brings a change in appetites to our house. Grilled meats and veggies give way to soups and stews. Frozen treats like ice cream and homemade popsicles give way to apple crisp and chocolate tarts. Crisp gin and tonics give way to whiskey and bourbon. I grew up picking the maraschino cherries out of my father’s manhattans so I’ve always had a taste for the darker stuff. One of my favorite cocktails (and one we served at our December wedding) is the La Louisiane. Named after a hotel and creole restaurant dating back to 1881 in...

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My Favorite Zucchini Bread

My Favorite Zucchini Bread

  It is finally fall in New England. The air is crisp and cool, the leaves are starting to change and that means one thing…baking! I wake up very early each morning with the pups so I often have time to throw together a quick bread or some scones before the rest of the house wakes up. This zucchini bread from Renee Erickson’s wonderful book A Boat, a Whale & a Walrus is my absolute favorite. The addition of olive oil, lemon zest and ground ginger take the edge off of the sweetness of most quick breads. I’ve made a...

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