Welcome to the Year of the Roll Cake!

In the grand tradition of the pear tree pie and the devil swans (shudder), this year’s overly ambitious Christmas dessert took the form of a bûche de Noël complete with birch bark markings and shelf mushrooms. Isn’t it pretty?! But the beautiful pictures of the finished product don’t tell the whole story—the frustration when the

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Red wine chocolate cupcakes with whipped ricotta

Boston no longer has sidewalks, just tunnels between towering walls of snow. And the walls just keep growing, as another blizzard is making its way toward the city this weekend. So I took off, tagging along with some friends to the still snow-covered hills of Vermont. Maybe we should have driven south instead of north?

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Cream puff swans

On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me Seven swans-a-swimming, six geese-a-laying Five golden rings Four calling birds, three French hens, two turtledoves, and a partridge in a pear tree. Happy New Year! Here’s hoping 2015 brings plenty of laughter, time with old and new friends, sunny days for adventuring, and

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Jam-filled baked donuts

On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me Five golden rings Four calling birds, three French hens, two turtledoves, and a partridge in a pear tree. The neighborhood caroling party anchored my family’s holiday traditions throughout my childhood: from hand-delivering invitations at every door to frantically finishing the decorations as the

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