Archives for 2011

Recipe: Papa Pascolini’s Angel Tips

Sandy shared a Christmas morning tradition with us last night: Angel Tips! They are delicious! Here’s the recipe with a few shots.




In a working blender (Sandy’s broke during the first batch, but that didn’t hold us back!), fill halfway with ice, a quart of vanilla ice cream, 3/4 cup gin, and 1 1/4 cup creme de cacoa. Blend and until frothy (or until the blender breaks!) and serve. Yum! Scrumptialiscious!

Grandma Soogie’s Cinnamon Rolls

Grandma Soogie's Cinnamon Rolls

All of us in my family have always looked forward to Grandma Soogie’s Cinnamon Rolls that accompanied these three holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter. It was the only three times a year that these delicious buns were served. One year, before Grandma lost the ability to write, I had her put the pen to paper and detail the recipe of her famous cinnamon rolls. Since then, I’ve been making them every Thanksgiving for friends every year. They ARE ALWAYS a hit! And everyone wants Grandma Soogie’s Cinnamon Roll recipe! Here it is below in her hand (and further down typed out).


The Girl Who Played Go, by Shan Sa

This blog is usually reserved for Kremb de la Kremb family updates, but I do have to share what I just read–I am a librarian after all, so it’s only fitting, right? I finished The Girl Who Played Go this morning by Shan Sa. Oh! It was just beautiful and magestic and tragic all at once. I love reading a great book that leaves me feeling so moved. Put this one on your reading list!

The short chapters bounce back and forth between a young teenage Chinese woman and a stoic utterly patriotic Japanese soldier like a game of go during the Manchurian war of the 1930. The love story that evolves between these two strangers is quite tender. Their were moments in this story where I wanted a highlighter similar to my university readings just to underline the beautiful images like this one: ”

I’ll be excited to revisit this book again, and I’ll be waiting to discuss it with someone….

Lakeside Great Wall, Round 2

We all went for a hike today at the Lakeside Great Wall. It was so nice and fresh out there. We’ve been having fun going on hikes as often as we can. Here are some pics from the hike.










Tea Party for Gigi

I pretty much read Tea for Ruby to Gigi, oh, about 4 times a week. So, when I went to plan out her small little birthday party, I figured a tea party might go over well…It did!





Gigi’s 8!



Silver Pagoda Mountain

We are back to touring. It’s always fun to take an adventure on a Sunday. Today we finally found Silver Pagoda Mountain. It may just become our favorite hike yet with the little creek leading the way up and a bell tower reward at the top. We made it!!


Peanut Butter Cream Pie, for Mikey


When I feel like baking or cooking, I’ll often go to my very favorite recipe depository, We had been back in Beijing for a week and a half, and on Wednesday of this last week, I finally had the urge to enter the kitchen again. When I went to, this is a screen shot of what I saw.

 I didn’t even notice any of the captions. I just got tempted by a slew of peanut butter cream pies. The one on the bottom, second in on the left, must have looked the best. I linked on it, and it led me to the The Merry Gourmet.

I started reading her post. She began the post by talking about helping a grieving friend. I was wondering about the recipe when I then realized that the Peanut Butter Cream pie had been made on behalf of someone named Jennie in memory of her husband, Mikey. At this point I was linked to In Jennie’s Kitchen. Jennie had lost her husband by a sudden heart attack. Her request for those asking how they could help was to make a Peanut Butter Cream Pie–for those you loved in your life. It was her husband’s favorite, and she had been meaning to make it for him but just kept putting it off her list. Well, I couldn’t not do this. The next evening our good friends Sandy and Tom were coming over for dinner. I got home on Thursday afternoon, and I frantically made a Peanut Butter Cream Pie!

I find the Internet an amazing phenomenon. I love how both Jennie and Jennifer through their love of food blogging and sharing impacted me for just one moment. I was inspired to stop and make a pie for those I love. I hope that Jennie and her two girls make it through this tough time. I feel happy about the connections and the obvious support they are receiving from those on the World Wide Web. To date, if you go to, there are 113 posts for peanut butter cream pie. Wait, make that 114 as I’ll be posting this picture of mine momentarily!


Gigi definitely enjoyed licking the bowl!


I used The Merry Gourmet’s recipe for this pie. It was very easy and quite delish!

First Day of School, 2011-2012




Recipe: Broccoli Candy


Our dear friend Sandy Pascolini shared this recipe with us, and it’s so good we’ve been making it all summer long! I’ve adjusted her recipe to serve a crowd–which is what we usually have out here at the Kremb de la Kremb Cabin!

Use the florets from 5 heads of broccoli. Douse and marinate for at least 12 hours with this yummy dressing:

4 cloves crushed garlic
2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon crushed black pepper
2 tablespoons dijon mustard
6 tablespoons brown sugar