Apple Pie I


Last Saturday was a perfect fall day. The air was crisp, the sky was blue, and the leaves were turning brilliant shades of yellow, red and orange. After convincing my brother, David, to take the train up from Manhattan to visit us in the “burbs,” I set about persuading my adolescent boys, Sam and Spencer, […]

ApplePie II


Apple Pie – The Recipe Basic Pie Crust adapted from “James McNair’s Pie Cookbook” 3 cups all-purpose flour, preferably unbleached 1 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons granulated sugar 1 cup (2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, or other fat (like Crisco), alone or in combination, cut into small pieces (if mixing in a food processor the fat […]



I usually do my supermarket shopping at the same two local stores, but last week I had errands to run in the next town over so while I was there I headed into the foreign territory of the Ossining Stop & Shop. Unfamiliar with the layout, I was slowly strolling along the fruit and vegetable […]

Lemon Squares


As I walked into my house the other day, I heard the message machine making that annoying, repeating beep that sounds like submarine sonar. After leaping up the stairs two at a time, I entered my bedroom and pressed the play button on the machine. I was greeted by my girlfriend Roberta’s cheerful voice. “Laura, […]


10421 F2

It was 7:22 on a dreary Monday morning in early September and my boys had just left the house for school. Still in my pajamas, I was sipping coffee at the kitchen counter and wondering to myself, “Should I go back to sleep for an hour or head upstairs to the computer and check out […]