When bad recipes happen to good people

  Most holidays I fall victim to the extravagant cake syndrome. Use something tried and true? Never! That’s how I ended up struggling with the white cake-butter frosting-lemon curd filling-toasted pistachio layer cake from Real Simple for Easter. Real Simple, my Aunt Fanny!   So for Thanksgiving I thought I’d try the sweetpotato layer cake… Continue reading When bad recipes happen to good people


Picking from last brilliant flush of zinnias yesterday, flashed back decades to my habit of crying whenever my mother said anything nice to/about me — yes, compliments were that rare. I was literally starved for affection, and it takes no  keen insight to see why I’ve overeaten my entire life. I remember asking once, as a so-called… Continue reading Starved