Christmas salsa

Christmas salsa

At the tender age of twelve, sitting alone in a dark movie theatre lost in Franco Zeffirelli’s ‘Romeo and Juliet‘, I was completely seduced after Juliet said, “Wilt thou be gone? It is not yet near day. It was the … Continue reading

rugelach for Boxing Day

rugelach for Boxing Day

I survived Christmas day. There were moments of breathlessness or maybe just not wanting to breathe… Tradition crept in throughout the day, dutifully performed. These cookies are a tradition. It’s Boxing Day, the sun is shining, my family is healthy. Perspective … Continue reading

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

The Christmas season has settled upon the Hooton household. It’s been quite a year! Highest moment was Theo proposing to Meggie at the farm surrounded by her family. It was magic. Lowest moment was losing Molly. We’ll tuck in now for … Continue reading

Uptown Saint John seafood pie

Uptown Saint John seafood pie

For a Maritimer, seafood and Christmas go hand in hand. It’s not that we don’t eat fish and seafood the other eleven months of the year; we do! At Christmas time it’s different. We honour the bounty of the sea that surrounds … Continue reading

red velvet cinnamon cupcakes

red velvet cinnamon cupcakes

Ralph and I never used the word ‘step’ in our family language. We were never step parents. Our children were never step children. The girls didn’t like how it felt when ‘step’ was used to describe our relationship to one … Continue reading

lasagna cupcakes

lasagna cupcakes

I’ve begun party prep countdown for Christmas on Carmarthen! We live on Carmarthen St., hence the name. I’ve decided on a mixture of fourteen different hot and cold, static and passed appetizers to offer my guests. In the past, I’ve used my dining room … Continue reading

dark chocolate shortbread cookies

dark chocolate shortbread cookies

I’ve launched my fifth menu at Italian by Night. I think that it is the best to date. Each time a new menu is introduced I get the biggest kick out of our servers. They stand quietly watching me plate each … Continue reading

Christmas 2012 begins…

Christmas 2012 begins…

I mentioned a while ago that I am attempting to feed myself well despite being crazy busy at work and at home. Some days I succeed and other days I succumb to old habits. When I remember to defrost my frozen … Continue reading

classic brownies

classic brownies

One of my most cherished Christmas tasks is baking cookies. Ralph and the girls each have their favorites that I only make at Christmas time. I will still make cookies for Ralph and Sara but knowing that the twins cookies … Continue reading