Latkes (Crispy Potato Pancakes) & Positive Energy

Latkes (Crispy Potato Pancakes) & Positive Energy

Without sounding all yoga, I have the following to say: It takes just as much energy to be and say negative things as it does positive.  This time of year – but really in all seasons – life is much more enjoyable when we spread kindness and joy. That is all. That, and the best […]

Creamy Winter Vegetable Soup & Chanukah Hugging Stars

Creamy Winter Vegetable Soup & Chanukah Hugging Stars

Posted on Dec 19, 2011 in all, sides, soups & starters, Uncategorized, vegetarian / vegan |

I’ll be honest; I haven’t been underneath any mistletoe since a fantastically bad holiday party that led to an incredibly fun few weeks way back before I was married. We don’t have any mistletoe. What we do have thanks to Will the 4-year-old are hugging stars.  What are they?  Same concept, less prickly.  He wanted […]

Pasta Nero di Seppia, Garlic-Caper Sauce, and Italian White Beans & Pantry Suppers

Pasta Nero di Seppia, Garlic-Caper Sauce, and Italian White Beans & Pantry Suppers

As we get further into winter here, I begin to hunker down. Nothing says cozy and resourceful like a pantry supper.  At least twice a week I try and use what I’ve already got in the pantry as the main part of our dinner.  The green were from our farm share, washed, very well dried, […]

Maple Cream & Creepy Kid Books

Maple Cream & Creepy Kid Books

Who doesn’t love Goodnight Moon?  The soothing words, the simple reassurance of saying goodnight to objects, the perfect length book – not too short, not epic like Cars & Trucks & Things that Go.  My grandmother read it to my father, my mother read it to me, I read it to my kids.  My husband […]

Eton Mess (Meringue Crumble with Vanilla Custard and Berries) & Holiday Traditions

Eton Mess (Meringue Crumble with Vanilla Custard and Berries) & Holiday Traditions

We grew up hacking down a grand pine tree in the woods at my grandparent’s house, schlepping it back to their house, and adorning the branches with glitter-coated stars and peaceful doves; the decorations of Jews who have Christmas trees.  Why did we have a tree?  The answer is simple and not.  Simply, the trees […]

Amaranth Polenta with Leeks and Greens & Good & Evil

Amaranth Polenta with Leeks and Greens & Good & Evil

I’m the kind of nice person who might make you roll your eyes.  I escort old ladies across the street.  I’ve taught my kids to bring errant trashcans tossed on their sides back to driveways for people we don’t know.  When the preschool sent out a plea for a family in need, I made them […]

Creme de Cassis Biscuits & Perfect Paris

Creme de Cassis Biscuits & Perfect Paris

Posted on Dec 13, 2011 in all, desserts & drinks, holidays, nut-free / gluten-free |

A few years ago my husband and I took a perfect trip to Paris.  Don’t sigh.  Put away your berets and baguettes.  It was terrible. How can PARIS be horrible you ask? Because magic happens between people and places and not always where we think it will.  Suffice it to say, we knew it was […]

Brown Sugar Sorghum Muffins & Yoga Nonsense

Brown Sugar Sorghum Muffins & Yoga Nonsense

So, I’m a semi-recent yoga convert. And while I am grateful for the practice and enjoy my flexibility, I have some issues.  Do I appreciate my toned back and newfound tolerance for way elevated heart rate meets ninety-two degree heat?  Yes. Stretching, working hard, lifting one leg up high behind me while stretching one arm […]

Pomegranate-Date Bursts & The Horse Phase

Pomegranate-Date Bursts & The Horse Phase

My daughter is teaching herself how to draw horses.  She studies the musculature displayed on the library book pages and carefully draws the head, the hindquarters, parts of the horse’s body I can’t name because I was never a horsey girl.  Possibly this is due to the fact that I exploded into an allergic fit […]

Double Quinoa and Collard Greens Pie & Eating Alone

Double Quinoa and Collard Greens Pie & Eating Alone

I spend most of time with other people. Often, these humans are small and frustrate easily and see nothing wrong with digging for worms in the yard and running in to taste a dish with their wormy fingers.  I’m a fan of dirt.  And worms.  And people.  This weekend we had staggered some visits but […]

5 Minute Dark Chocolate Coconut Almond Bark & Creativity

5 Minute Dark Chocolate Coconut Almond Bark & Creativity

Posted on Nov 28, 2011 in all, desserts & drinks, holidays, Uncategorized | 3 comments

After a few fun-and-food-packed days, the kids are wiped out.  Daniel, especially.  He dug deep into the energy well and got his sister to ride bikes and scooter yesterday despite the failing light and their fatigue.  He promised to build his littlest brother a Lego ship and did so, only yelling once when sad brother […]

Pumpkin Dulce de Leche Pie & Happy Thanksgiving

Pumpkin Dulce de Leche Pie & Happy Thanksgiving

Posted on Nov 23, 2011 in all, desserts & drinks, holidays | 2 comments

Happy Holidays from Well-Cooked Life!

Italian Cherry Pie with Graham and Ginger & Recovering from Tragedy

Italian Cherry Pie with Graham and Ginger & Recovering from Tragedy

So, I tried not to think about it.  But, like all emotional baggage, tragedy does not fit into the overhead compartment nor under the seat in front of me. Today is year anniversary of the worst day of my life.  The night before, I’d gone out when everyone was asleep and bought a super soft […]

Whole Grain Apple Crumb Pie with Buttermilk Crust & Thanks

Whole Grain Apple Crumb Pie with Buttermilk Crust & Thanks

This pie is cousin to the tart tatin, lover of the tart, delicate sister of the traditional apple pie or apple crumb cake. It’s also what I created when all but three of the apples in my house were consumed by my children and cooked-fruit-loathing husband. In terms of the buttermilk powder, let me explain…I […]

Whole Grain Pumpkin Bread  & Parenting Pre-teens

Whole Grain Pumpkin Bread & Parenting Pre-teens

My bedroom door swings open. “Jamie, please knock next time,” my husband tells our 12 1/2 year old. A shrug.  “So, you want to know something weird?” This is one of Jamie’s lead-ins.  He appears most nights, often remembering to knock, after the other kids are asleep.  Sometimes he has a specific question (“Can you […]

Pumpkin Pudding (Persian Halwa) & Falling in Love

Pumpkin Pudding (Persian Halwa) & Falling in Love

I might be falling in love. Never met the person, never will.  And yet.  The mix tapes!  I was always a sucker for a great mix and my basement can prove it – boxes of cassettes titled “Driving Mix ’92” or “Is She Really Going Out with Him?” or the ambiguous “Let’s See.”  There are […]