Red Stuff in Virginia

In your dormitory,
classroom or apartment, 
at a friend's house,
at a park or other open area
the center of campus
in a restaurant or cafe
just about anywhere!

Strawberries in Michigan


Menstrual Monday ~ Fruitcake Recipe

"There's a certain slant of light,
On winter afternoons,
That oppresses, like the weight
Of cathedral tunes."

~ Emily Dickinson

The Emily Dickinson Cake (from the Poetry Society of America website, adapted for modern kitchens by Margery K. Friedman)

Apparently it makes a large and heavy cake ~ "that oppresses, like the weight/Of cathedral tunes?" ~ haven't made the cake myself, so I can't say for sure ~ but this might be fun to eat while watching In Search of Juan Colorado, a film in which Emily Dickinson has a lead role. 

Click here to go to "Mother of All Fruitcakes" Recipe.

Recipe Index (Bonus: Costume Suggestions Too!)

1.  Popeye the Sailor Woman Suggests...Green Stuff
2.  Aunt Ruby Suggests...Red Stuff
3.  The Duchess of Chocolate Suggests...Her Favorite, Of Course
4.  Shirlotta Poppy Suggests...Poppy Seed
5.  Ms. P'eggy Humpty-Dumpty Suggests...Eggs
6.  Emily Dickinson Suggests...The Mother of All Fruitcakes

To make the Fab Five Menstrual Monday Cake, add to your cake batter:  Dried cranberries (or dried cherries, or both); grated lime peel (or candied citron, if you are very brave); chocolate chips; a tablespoon of poppy seed; and eggs, as called for in your recipe.  Send us a photo - we're kind of curious as to how it will turn out!


Dress up your mind with a book of poetry.  Try:  Sandra Cisneros, Langston Hughes, Lucille Clifton, Anna Swir, Irena Klepfisz, Edna St. Vincent Millay.

Artwork by Daisy Hulme, from her literary magazine "The Curse (Available Monthly)." Check out her art gallery at