About Roll Your Bones

What is the purpose of this blog? Roll Your Bones is part recipe binder, photo album, and art project. Here I write about my favorite foods and places I love. Most of the recipes are vegetarian or pescatarian, made healthier and low-calorie. For as long as I can remember, I’ve always loved print media. From …

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Photo by Cathy Augello


A good friend of mine has recently become obsessed with the annual winter spectacle of crows roosting by the thousands along the Hudson River in Poughkeepsie. Above is one of the many breath-taking photos she sent to me. While I haven’t yet seen the birds up close and in person, I found the photos so …

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Simnel Cake

Simnel Cake

A light fruitcake usually eaten during Easter. Simnel Cake is popular in the U.K. It is traditionally decorated with a circle of eleven or twelve almond paste “eggs,” representing the twelve apostles. (The one missing is Judas.) This recipe was adapted from the one given to me by my British mother-in-law. Ingredients 8 oz flour1 …

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French Pair and Almond Tart

French Pear and Almond Tarte

Flaky crust, ripe pears and sweet almonds. This recipe is based on the one on David Lebovitz’s blog. I have also included a link to his article about poaching pears. Ingredients 6 oz (170g) almond paste2 tsp sugar2 tsp flour3 oz (85g) butter, salted or unsalted, cubed, at room temperature1 large egg, plus one egg white, at room temperaturea few drops almond extract, optional1 1/2 tsp rum 3 poached pears, cored, …

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Hot Club de Lyon

Hot Club De Lyon

Lyon has more than a dozen jazz clubs, some with long and storied histories. I’m a sucker for live music. But finding live music venues in foreign countries, particularly when I don’t speak the language, can be tricky. How exciting it was to find that Hot Club De Lyon was literally next door to the …

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