photo (9) July 31

July Link Love

Today, I needed a plate of cookies for a meeting, and preferred to wander around in Georgetown than spend the morning baking, so picked up the selection of Amy’s Cookies (above) at Dean and DeLuca.  Yum. Another month, another inspired month in the blogging world… All sorts of summer cooking with lovely fresh fruits (cherries, peaches!) […]

IMG_9542 July 30

Arugula, Watermelon and Feta Salad

  Dear readers, I have a confession to make.  I’m in culinary rut this summer.  I can’t stop making this salad.  I suppose the clever way to think about would to deem it “The Official Salad of the 2014 Summer Grilling Season at House Morell.”   Perhaps it needs a logo of some sort.  It’s […]

IMG_9511 July 29

Bourbon and Brown Sugar Flank Steak

Finally — the recipe that inspired the title of my blog.  And yet it has taken me 85 posts to get to it. Life is often a bit chaotic at House Morell… and I get sidetracked easily. The thing is, I keep making this fabulous steak, but not stopping to photograph it.  Tonight, I brought […]

IMG_9492 July 27

A Warm Jam of Blueberries and Cherries

Last weekend, I received one of the coolest hostess gifts ever. As a person who is most likely rushing out the door to a dinner gathering – desperately looking for a missing shoe, or wallet while barking instructions to teenagers to be sure to feed the cat (and/or themselves), my standard operating procedure is to […]

IMG_9436 July 24

Benza’s Almond Cake

It’s been pretty quiet around here over the past two weeks without the constant crowd of boys watching the World Cup. Somehow baseball doesn’t conjure up the same passion here at House Morell.  The images beamed in from Nats Stadium just can’t compete with those from Maracana Stadium in Rio.  Although, I must say, Lebron […]

cubano1 July 22

Cubano Sandwiches

b When I travel or eat out, it’s not unusual for me to run home and try to create some dish I’ve experienced along the way.  But I can’t remember a time when this has happened after watching a movie.  (OK, there was Julie and Julia, but that was a long time ago.) On Sunday, […]

IMG_9395 July 20

Caramel Macchiato Ice Cream Cake

Summer is officially half way over, and my summer reading program is not going according to plan. Every summer, I assemble a ridiculously ambitious pile of books, and keep adding to it every time I wander into Politics and Prose or Bethany Beach Books.  I try to include a few titles to enrich my brain, […]

IMG_8803 July 16

Fig, Goat Cheese and Pancetta Pizza

  Big changes to announce at House Morell.  I’ve been contemplating a career refocus for quite a while… I’ve called myself an “accidental” tech teacher for years and years because I fell into it about a decade ago while living London – a subbing job turned into an assistant tech teacher role.  It’s not something […]

IMG_9020 July 02

Chocolate, Peanut Butter and Banana Granola

  Last week I went to New Hampshire. For about 12 waking hours. Let me remind you I live in Virginia. What? (You might ask.)  Who goes to New Hampshire for 12 hours?! There are two reasons. First:  I’ll go anywhere for a nice dinner, and Michael promised one if I agreed to tag along […]

IMG_8763 June 29

June Link Love

  I’ve been tinkering around today with the blog design today.  After nearly six months of this blogging adventure, I still felt I hadn’t quite found “the look” I had been searching for.  I’m on a wait list to have the amazing team over at Wooden Spoons Kitchens help me fully redesign my look this […]

saltedalfbars3 June 27

Salted Alfajores Bars and Baking for Good

I suspect the most requested item at House Morell are my Tiny Alfajores.  These tiny shortbread cookies filled with dulce de leche are completely addictive and wonderful… but they take a good bit of time to make.  Since I am a girl who always seems pressed for time, I have been contemplating a bar version […]

summertart2 June 23

Sour Cream and Roast Veggie Tart, and a Giveaway

When friends are coming for dinner, I am a person who can’t stand to miss even a moment of the conversation.  So fair warning; if you come to my house, you’re likely going to be served a menu that has been made almost entirely in advance.  This isn’t necessarily a bad thing.  Lots of lovely […]


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