Favorite Episodes: St. Patrick’s Day Delayed …

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January (and February for me) is a time for looking back at the prior year, our wins and losses.   Favorite Episodes is a way for me to look back at what I’ve written in 2015 that was well received by my readers while diving into my blog stats and editorial calendar.  Over the next few weeks, I will be posting little or no new original content. Instead I am reblogging some of my most popular posts from 2015 and developing a Favorite Episodes Season Three page in the process.

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Favorite Episodes: Saturday Suppers: Chocolate Chip Cookies Times Three

For the rest of January, I am diving into stats and editorial calendar. I will be posting little or no original content. Instead I am reblogging some of my most popular posts from 2015 and developing a Favorite Episodes Season Three page in the process.

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In my house, baking chocolate chip cookies usually means making three batches of cookies, sometimes four.  Each of the three nieces whom I see most often like different types of chocolate cookies and my other half prefers oatmeal raisin.  Seldom does baking chocolate chip cookies mean baking just one batch.  Baking this simplest of American cookies invented at the Toll House Inn in Whitman, Massachusetts by Ruth Wakefield can turn into an all day affair for me.

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Say My Name! Say My Name!

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Saturday Suppers name has been changed to Burnin’ Up The Kitchen. It’s still the same feature. I will still write about my adventures in and around my kitchen; both my victories and mishaps. It’s like the Bard wrote in Romeo and Juliet:

“What’s in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet; …”

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St. Patrick’s Day Delayed …

To say it has been a rough winter in the Greater Boston area would be the gross understatement of the year.  It was a winter that brought us what seemed like endless snow events as the meteorologists began calling blizzards, snow northeasters, and regular old snow storms; caused 8 or 9 days of school closings depending on the school system; countless school and business opening delays; a state of emergency or two where all non-essential vehicles were banned from our roads; the breaking of a record for the most snowfall and the delay of our local St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Continue reading

Saturday Suppers: Chocolate Chip Cookies Times Three

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In my house, baking chocolate chip cookies usually means making three batches of cookies, sometimes four.  Each of the three nieces whom I see most often like different types of chocolate cookies and my other half prefers oatmeal raisin.  Seldom does baking chocolate chip cookies mean baking just one batch.  Baking this simplest of American cookies invented at the Toll House Inn in Whitman, Massachusetts by Ruth Wakefield can turn into an all day affair for me.

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Saturday Suppers: Delayed Thanksgiving Edition

The Tuesday after Thanksgiving, a bathroom remodel project was started in my house.  Between the trips to hardware store after hardware store and the technology issues I’ve been experiencing, I have not had time to finish posts that I’ve been working on.  So here we are just over two weeks after Thanksgiving and I am posting two posts I thought would be posted each of the Saturdays immediately following Thanksgiving.  What is that Steinbeck said about the best-laid plans of mice and men?


After spending Thanksgiving Day with two of my sisters, I also cooked a smaller turkey at home on the Monday after Thanksgiving (work on bathroom renovations interfered with my turkey being cooked over the weekend) and my mother’s to die for sausage stuffing.

Mom’s stuffing was so good as girls, my sisters and I would fight over the last serving in the dish even though Mom made sure there was an ample potful on the stove. Now we fight over who can make Mom’s stuffing the best; until this year I encouraged the battle by telling my sisters that I wasn’t sure which one of them made it as good as Mom. I needed to taste each of them side by side in order to make that determination. As the official taste tester, the two that live closest to me send me containers of their stuffing for me to evaluate. Since most years we go to my other half’s family dinner on Thanksgiving, I developed a healthy competition between my sisters that provided me with containers of Mom’s stuffing to enjoy when we returned home. If you have competitive siblings, this tactic also works for pumpkin pie.

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Saturday Suppers: Marbled Pumpkin Cheesecake

The Tuesday after Thanksgiving, a bathroom remodel project was started in my house.  Between the trips to hardware store after hardware store and the technology issues I’ve been experiencing, I have not had time to finish posts that I’ve been working on.  So here we are just over two weeks after Thanksgiving and I am posting two posts I thought would be posted each of the Saturdays immediately following Thanksgiving.  What is that Steinbeck said about the best-laid plans of mice and men?


Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday; more than even Christmas.  I’ve always loved its simplicity revolving around family and friends, food and football.  It is the slower paced, more relaxing holiday that lacks the commercialism of modern Christmas.

In spite of my love for Thanksgiving or actually probably because of it, in recent years I have stressed over it.  I have allowed others to interfere and determine how my holiday turns out.  Even during years where the holiday has turned out enjoyable, I stress because with my other half’s family things can change on a whim.

This year, I promised myself that I wasn’t going to let others ruin my favorite holiday.   I told my best friend and my sisters that I had made my peace with the situation, that I was going to be at Zen with the outcome whether I enjoyed the holiday I wanted or stayed home alone cooking my turkey and favorite sides. Ultimately, I decided I was going to Thanksgiving dinner at my sister Debbie’s house and stopping by my sister Judy’s for dessert (and making my own smaller Thanksgiving later that weekend).

I decided I would bring pumpkin cheesecake to both gatherings.

I used the Marbled Pumpkin Cheesecake recipe that I had saved in my recipe box on allrecipes.com with some minor changes.

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All the ingredients gathered on the work surface.

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