Mushroom, Fontina, and Spinach White Lasagna & Super Bowl Weekend

Mushroom, Fontina, and Spinach White Lasagna & Super Bowl Weekend

I am ready for the big game!  That exclamation point makes it seem as though I am actually excited about football.  I am not.  I like Boston sports teams as much as the next bookish traveller mom, but…what I really enjoy is the excitement other people have for the game.  While they cheer and watch, […]

Crispy Spelt-Poppyseed Crackers & Smoky Eggplant Dip & Crappy Dancing

Crispy Spelt-Poppyseed Crackers & Smoky Eggplant Dip & Crappy Dancing

At my cousin’s 100th birthday party (they are each 50, so had a combined party), I was called up to dance with my husband. “Give me Gershwin and I’d be fine,” he yelled over the music’s din.  Hits from the 60s and 80s played and while there was a beat, my husband could not find […]

Cinnamon-Sugar Pecans & Vending Machines

Cinnamon-Sugar Pecans & Vending Machines

In Italy, the kids and I were barefoot, looking for a bathroom inside a seaside shack.  “Look, is that underwear?  In a vending machine?”  Yes.  And it should be noted that the underwear was red, sparkled, and bikini and all yours for a couple of Euro coins. In college, times were such that in the […]

Honey-Soy Shrimp & Keeping Bees

Honey-Soy Shrimp & Keeping Bees

“Do you make your own honey?” someone asked.  I was at a book signing and had finished telling a story about taking the four kids to pick berries and how they help make raspberry jam. “Oh, no,” I said and when the person looked surprised I had to explain. Here is what I do: I […]

Best Split Pea Soup Ever & Terrible Band Names

Best Split Pea Soup Ever & Terrible Band Names

So the kids are talking at dinner, each one suggesting names for bands they haven’t created and which I am pretty sure no one wants to join. Jamie, almost a teenager says, “The Communists.” Daniel, 10 and still way into Star Wars, suggests, “Luke’s Dilemma.” Julia, 7, says, “Painted Pony.” When her brothers groaned, she […]

Field of Greens Soup & What’s in a Name

Field of Greens Soup & What’s in a Name

super very so green lots o green top o the morning green I have never been able to think of a good name for this soup. For now, it’s Triple Green Soup which makes no sense because there are more than 3 greens in it.  But Sextuplet Green Soup sounds creepy. Suggestions?   UPDATE: The […]

Vidalia Onion and Leek Tart with Whole Wheat Rosemary Crust & Parental Blame

Vidalia Onion and Leek Tart with Whole Wheat Rosemary Crust & Parental Blame

Not one, but all four of my kids, have been walking around the house singing. Not that I mind.  I’m a singer – in cars, as I walk down the street, while I cook. And yet, this singing my offspring are doing the past couple of weeks is…terrible. Off-key?  No. Offensive lyrics? No (and I’m […]

Molten Butterscotch Cake (Steamed Treacle Pudding) & A Very British Afternoon

Molten Butterscotch Cake (Steamed Treacle Pudding) & A Very British Afternoon

My best friend from high school, T, and I just met for the ultimate British sport: Tea Brewing. The fact that we and our families met in Central Mexico for this match is of little consequence.  After a ranch outing and horseback riding in ravines, milking goats at our friend’s farm (and eating the cheese […]

Roasted Tomatoes Cured in Olive Oil & 365 Things to Get Annoyed About

Roasted Tomatoes Cured in Olive Oil & 365 Things to Get Annoyed About

It’s so easy to find things annoying – the sound of gum chewing kills my oldest, Daniel can’t stand when people are out of tune, and I could write an essay about the crappy drivers who do the Boston-slow-down-without-fully-stopping-despite-the-stop-sign routine by my house. Remember that book?  It filled the stockings of many and either makes […]

Crispy Mushroom & Shallot Toasts & The Weird Table

Crispy Mushroom & Shallot Toasts & The Weird Table

“Which lunch table did you sit at?” Jamie asks after he’s explained the intricacies of the middle school lunchroom, the center tables and their popular, designer jeans crew, the ‘second tier who basically want to be at the center tables but aren’t,’ and so on. Odd 14-year-old that I was, mushrooms on toast was one […]

Deep Dish Shepherd’s Pie & The Writing Life

Deep Dish Shepherd’s Pie & The Writing Life

At book readings and events, I’ve been asked to describe ‘the writing life’.  As with many professions, from the outside, it looks pretty good.  And it is.  I am lucky to be home with my kids and, in theory, to work in my pajamas.  (Note: I do not ever work in my pajamas.  Just not […]

Gluten Free Zucchini & Parmesan Fritters & Coming Home

Gluten Free Zucchini & Parmesan Fritters & Coming Home

While we were away the dog managed to chew the following items: -a widow flip-flop (its partner never returned from a sailing trip last summer) -an “indestructible” dog chew toy (note: indestructible, noun, see: leak-proof travel mug) -the electric bill -the replacement for the electric bill -the next replacement for the electric bill The good […]

Crispy Broccoli Florets & Healthy Eating

Crispy Broccoli Florets & Healthy Eating

Posted on Jan 2, 2012 in all, family favorites, sides, vegetarian / vegan | 2 comments

About this time of year we are inundated with ads and suggestions about shedding holiday pounds or resuming/beginning healthy habits.  I’m not here to tell you to do that.  I am here to tell you that once you make these little crispy, lightly salted*, perfect for picking at snack, your desire for chips or brownies […]

Maple Sweet Potato Spoon Bread & Breasts

Maple Sweet Potato Spoon Bread & Breasts

Our house was built in 1889.  Roughly translated, this means no matter what temperature it is outside, inside is ten degrees colder.  So we added a heat system clearly manufactured in hell because its strength and fire is unmatched.  Set at 59 degrees, the house is tropical inside.  As a result, despite the frigid outside […]

Funky Monkey Cake (Banana Cake with Chocolate and Vanilla Layers) & Cake for Breakfast

Funky Monkey Cake (Banana Cake with Chocolate and Vanilla Layers) & Cake for Breakfast

Lest you being to think I’m the mom who force-fed my children kale from birth, I’ll have you know I am a big fan of cake or puddings for breakfast.  First of all, this makes my life fairly easy in the morning.  Second of all, CAKE FOR BREAKFAST!  There’s nothing magic about scones or muffins […]

Italian Gingerbread Cake with Brandy Butter & Masterpiece Theatre

Italian Gingerbread Cake with Brandy Butter & Masterpiece Theatre

On Sunday nights growing up, this song signaled that it was time for bed.  At first I thought this was just cleverly timed – a gentle reverse alarm clock.  As I grew, I realized my parents weren’t so much wanting me to get a good night’s sleep at the close of the weekend as they […]