Buried Treasure (Flounder with Baby Greens, Caramelized Onions, & Parmesan) & I’m Back

Buried Treasure (Flounder with Baby Greens, Caramelized Onions, & Parmesan) & I’m Back

Hello!  NO, you didn’t imagine it – it has been a while…Reason?  You want reasons?  Okay… My oldest son and I went on a volunteer trip to Central America  – great experience, rewarding, challenging, fun, and yes, recipes to follow… Middle son went back to school, which has been a transition for everyone… And I […]

Toffee-Dark Chocolate Matzo Crunch & Loving the Rainbow

Toffee-Dark Chocolate Matzo Crunch & Loving the Rainbow

So, my latest novel, co-written with the witty and wonderful Brendan Halpin, is nominated for a Rainbow Award.  Exciting news! But not for someone who decided the LGBTQ subject of the novel and the award is enough to end our Facebook “friendship.” Okay.  I wonder why this person friended me in the first place.  I […]

Deep Dish Salmon, Kale, and Potato Pie & Revisited Recipes

Deep Dish Salmon, Kale, and Potato Pie & Revisited Recipes

Spring in the UK comes early, and when I brought my daughter to see her godmother in London it was a flurry of blossoms, green stubbled grass, and muddy tromps in borrowed boots. We had a gaggle of kids, and the kind of laughs that are only shared with very old friends, wind-red faces from […]

Passover Leek, Kale, and Bok Choy Gratin & Freedom ’12

Passover Leek, Kale, and Bok Choy Gratin & Freedom ’12

As we prepare for family and discussions of religious, political, and intellectual freedom, my family celebrates the year marker of a different kind of freedom.  Freedom from the Year That Was, moving past a dark time and into the spring.  My son returns to school, the crocuses bloom in the yard, the weather goes from […]

Vegetarian Boston Baked Beans & Bad Songs to Sing at Bedtime

Vegetarian Boston Baked Beans & Bad Songs to Sing at Bedtime

If there’s a skill of mine that will never be rewarded financially, and in fact only serves as a road trip plus or game night choose me incentive, it is my ability for lyric recall.  All that brain space that is supposed to be taken up by useful facts and figures is chock full of […]

Red Chard with Citrus-Pomegranate Glaze & Marital Advice for My Kids

Red Chard with Citrus-Pomegranate Glaze & Marital Advice for My Kids

Kids, the day will come when you will ask me about marriage.  You will want to know how I was sure about your father, and about certainty in love.  And here is what I will say:  it is easy to imagine and to live the carousel of love, to find the person you want to […]

Ultimate Grilled Cheese (Triple Creme, Quince, and Arugula) & Other Places

Ultimate Grilled Cheese (Triple Creme, Quince, and Arugula) & Other Places

I’ve lived in ots of different places, dangled many a key from my chain, hefted moving boxes across the ocean, over state lines, and back. I’m not planning on any of that again. However, when I go to San Francisco I always have that thought: I could live here!  Easily. If I did, I’d be […]

Banana-Bran Muffins & Sports Parenting

Banana-Bran Muffins & Sports Parenting

The score is 53-11, and my oldest son is playing on the Brown team, losing to Red.  His team of twelve and thirteen-year-olds are still putting all efforts into the game, playing hard.  But this isn’t what I’m admiring from the stands.  What makes me grin?  That they are having fun.   Amidst their awkward, […]

Mussels, Clams, & Shrimp Mariniere & Nightlights

Mussels, Clams, & Shrimp Mariniere & Nightlights

“I have an idea,” says the 4-year-old.  “I could go back inside you where I lived before I was born.  But this time, I would like a nightlight.”   PS Yes, the kids asked to have this for dinner.  They ate it and loved it…until the very end when my daughter began examining each bite […]

Barley, Kale, and Onion Risotto & Celebrity Sightings

Barley, Kale, and Onion Risotto & Celebrity Sightings

Do you ever have days in which everyone you see resembles someone you know?  Half of my time is spent bumping into people now and at least half of the time I have no idea how I know them.  There are too many options now – did we go to high school together? Graduate school? […]

Old Fashioned Pineapple Upside Down Cake & Upside Down Cooking

Old Fashioned Pineapple Upside Down Cake & Upside Down Cooking

I have a thing for upside down cakes and inverted dishes.  Possibly this is because they tend to be simple affairs with layers of freshly rolled dough covered layers of cheese or caramelized French toast with vanilla beans.  Or it could be the childlike glee that fills the room when one takes a cake that […]

Kale Salad with Parmesan and Golden Raisins & Making Progress

Kale Salad with Parmesan and Golden Raisins & Making Progress

You know how hearing a song can transport you to another time, a specific day, a season, or a person? It’s the same with food.  A couple of years ago, my best friend and I had a book event in New York City.  We read and signed and mingled and then escaped to a shoebox-sized […]

Brown Sugar Swirl Bread &Questions

Brown Sugar Swirl Bread &Questions

A collection of recent questions from the kids: When you are alone during the day and I’m at preschool, are you lonely? Is it true that one day the earth will run out of water? Do you love Daddy more now or more when you first met him? Why do I have to wear underwear? […]

Fried Eggs with Baby Greens, Feta (or Cheddar) , and Black Beans & Quick Lunches

Fried Eggs with Baby Greens, Feta (or Cheddar) , and Black Beans & Quick Lunches

Apparently, I am not alone in my need for quick yet satisfying lunches.  As a result, I’m sharing another 5-minute meal today.  I love this kind of dish because the flavors meld together, the cooking time is mere minutes, and it’s incredibly healthy and inexpensive.  As my Grandma Bev would say, “What do you have […]

Quick Skillet Cod with Tomatoes and Onions & The Writing Groove

When I’m deep into my writing grooves, which happens only on Wednesdays when my husband is home with the kids, I have to forage for a quick lunch that won’t break the spell. I’ll be posting some quick lunches that go beyond the sandwich – not that there’s anything wrong with a sandwich! Only, I […]

Crispy, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies & Molasses Chocolate Chip Cookies & A Tale of Two Cookies

Crispy, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies & Molasses Chocolate Chip Cookies & A Tale of Two Cookies

Faulkner wrote “between grief and nothing, I will take grief.” Given the choice, I would choose chocolate chip cookies. If we had the time and calorie deficit, we could debate for hours over dough, chip size, semi-sweet? dark chocolate?, how much brown sugar versus white, whole eggs or yolks, letting the dough rest overnight or […]