Baking for carnival

Carnival, or Mardi Gras, is a perfect occasion to test  a recipe for a “Yellow Birthday Cake” from Flour cookbook.  Just like the festivities, it is rich, exuberant, and a little bit on the showy side.  No less then 12 oz of chocolate go into the light, fluffy frosting.  These are the days to indulge, at…

Bittersweet melted chocolate and raspberries cake

This Valentines’s day is all about chocolate and fresh raspberries, both rather rare in this household. Never been much into chocolate, with the exception maybe of a good Polish milk and whole hazelnuts chocolate from Wedel. Also, I never buy fruit out of season, raspberries usually make appearance in mid July, we stuff  ourselves with…

Christmas sugar cookies from family archives

As much as anything “sugar” seems to be falling out of favor these days, and mostly for a good reason, I cannot let go into oblivion handful of my most cherished recipes. This particular one comes from my Grandmother Felicja. Simple sugar cookies, perfect combination of crunchy on the outside and flaky on the inside….

Tea and a cake break – for the holidays

This is for any of the weary souls during the holiday season, tea and cake is good for you. If you light a candle because the days are already oh-so-short, and if you bake the cake yourself, it becomes this slow living ritual that unlocks the creativity, connect you with the person next to you,…

Setting Thanksgiving table (on the budget)

I caught myself spending a bit too much time looking for a new set of plates recently.  You know the type: matte glaze, earthy colors, low rim…the list of goes on. Alter all, the Thanksgiving is just around the corner, would love to style with something new! Then, reality check: we are not hosting this…

Summer solstice gathering

Every year when jasmine (Philadelphus or mock-orange) and peonies start to bloom, I can time days and hours to my favorite time of the year. The longest days, the still-crisp nights, and the heady, perfumed air. It is Midsummer time, which has nothing to do with middle of the summer, after all it is about…

Best homemade granola

I have been following stunningly beautiful food blog Local Milk for several months now. Yes, we all need a daily dose of Beth’s moody, perfectly bluish gray photography. But it was not until I saw the granola recipe, that I have decided to try one of her recipes, too.  I admit, I was drawn to colors…

Kinfolk Home and Sunday tea ritual

This is my set up for the golden hour. My Sunday tea o’clock is not really 5pm, sorry folks. It is some time around 3:30 or 4pm in the afternoon, come fall or winter, when the sun starts setting slowly.  It might be just after an afternoon walk, field trip out of town, or a…

Pie season is here

A quick dispatch to announce: yes, the cold weather is here, and yes, the pie season is here. While I have a plum cake in the making, just to warm up the house, here are some behind the scenes photos from a photo workshop this morning at Wayfair, part of a HeartHome conference. I loved…

Pastel color dinnerware

Pastels usually make appearance on my table only once a year, around Easter, and for those few days they are delightful. This year I had fun staging them with wallpaper backdrop and candy colored flowers. Today is back to the basement, and white returns to our table.