Fig-Apricot Compote & Giving Thanks

Fig-Apricot Compote & Giving Thanks

It’s difficult to make the transition from talking about someone in the present tense to the past.  Grandma Ruth likes liked likes liked to bake.  She made chocolate bit cookies the size of a half-dollar, taught me how to make coffee-vanilla-caramel puddings from scratch, and always whipped up a banana bread with lemon icing for […]

Cauliflower Cheddar Soup & In Praise of Canada

Cauliflower Cheddar Soup & In Praise of Canada

Posted on Oct 26, 2011 in all, soups & starters | 5 comments

Dear Canada, Thanks for making winter boots that actually keep my feet warm and dry.  We try to imitate your footwear here in the US but we fail.  Or we produce boots that are as airtight as a sieve or as heavy as a 5-lb bag of flour (yes, that would make the boots 5 […]

Shark Week Soup Week!

Shark Week Soup Week!

Posted on Oct 24, 2011 in all, soups & starters, vegetarian / vegan | 5 comments

If you like shark week – with its gory images of multiple rows of slicing teeth and overly dramatic voice-overs – then you will be disappointed here. However, if you swoon over soup, you’ll be thrilled! What started as “let’s use up the squash and pumpkin from the farm share” turned into “let’s have bisque” […]

Whole Grain Double Apple Breakfast Cake & Parenting

Whole Grain Double Apple Breakfast Cake & Parenting

You know you want this. We have a two snack per day rule in our house (gasp!) and one of those snacks must be fruit (double gasp!).  We started this when the kids were very young and now that 3 of the 4 are old enough to be in charge of their own school or […]

Rosh Hashanah Recipe 2 & Happy New Year!

Rosh Hashanah Recipe 2 & Happy New Year!

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 in all, family favorites, holidays, main courses | one comment

Rosh Hashana Recipe & Happy New Year

Recipes for Rosh Hashanah Part 1 & Faith & Multi-tasking

Recipes for Rosh Hashanah Part 1 & Faith & Multi-tasking

This morning Will, 4, asks for paper so he can make a book about “Evan the Horse.”  He knows no one named Evan nor do we have a horse.  The paper comes from my office and the book involves wobbly letters written in no particular order and lots of tape. Julia has a fever and […]

Black Bean Burgers & Lime-Poblano Corn Salad & Waiting

Black Bean Burgers & Lime-Poblano Corn Salad & Waiting

Posted on Sep 14, 2011 in all, main courses, vegetarian / vegan | 3 comments

I’ve kept you waiting, I know.  And you, unlike my children who can be amused by “find something in the doctor’s office that’s a square” or “would you rather meet Billie Joe Armstrong from Green Day or Kevin Youklis from the Red Sox” or “list in order the five places you want to visit”…you are […]

Strawberry Sundae Sauce & Summer Siesta

Strawberry Sundae Sauce & Summer Siesta

Actually, it’s not a siesta at all.  It’s the anti-siesta.  No lounging, no meandering, just lots of work.  I’m busy stocking up the Pantry for falls orders.  Today is Strawberry Jam and Strawberry Sundae Sauce.  I’m also nearly ready to unveil my new website!  The Well-Cooked Life will launch soon and you’ll be able to […]

Tomato-Cheddar Cornmeal Crust Tart & Hurricane Pie

Tomato-Cheddar Cornmeal Crust Tart & Hurricane Pie

Q: What happens when you visit the in-laws for vacation but the East Coast shuts down because of Irene*? A: You come home with four kids and a hairy beast and a soggy husband and scrounge.  The shelves look like Soviet markets circa 1982 or my older brother’s fridge that first year out of college […]

Extra Thick Garlic & Mushroom Soup

Extra Thick Garlic & Mushroom Soup

Posted on Aug 24, 2011 in all, soups & starters, vegetarian / vegan | 6 comments

Advice and observations from my children: Don’t let other people make you feel bad because most of the time they’re only saying that because they feel bad about it. If you get kicked in the ballsack, it will hurt.  Especially if it’s your older brother who does it. Save your candy until the movie starts. […]

Warm Vegetable Salad with Beet Greens & Unplugged Parenting (The NYT is Wrong)

Warm Vegetable Salad with Beet Greens & Unplugged Parenting (The NYT is Wrong)

Posted on Aug 18, 2011 in all, meal in a bowl, soups & starters, vegetarian / vegan |

Ok, so the NYT isn’t wrong.  I just disagree with this article here in which the author describes his terrific “plugged-in summer.” Now, don’t for a second start to think I’m going to rant about parents at the playground who are texting or reading blogs (ahem) instead of  interacting or at least enjoying watching their kids. […]

Farmer’s Market Gazpacho (Raw-Vegan) & Perspective

Farmer’s Market Gazpacho (Raw-Vegan) & Perspective

“Are you making sauce?” Julia asks. “It’s actually soup,” I say. “Actually, it’s ketchup,” Will says.  He’s 4 and everything is better with ketchup. “It’s soup.” “The cold one?” Julia raises her eyebrows while I nod.  “It still looks like sauce. You could use it as sauce.” And thus, the gazpacho sauce was borne.  We […]

Apricot-Ginger Chocolate Chip Scones & Teaching Small

Apricot-Ginger Chocolate Chip Scones & Teaching Small

“Uh, Mom?  How do you close an ironing board?” This, from Jamie, age 12. I remember how this action baffled me as a kid.  You press where?  And do what? Perhaps I was or still am challenged by the mechanics.  Or maybe no one showed me.  I remember my mother teaching me how to iron […]

Labneh (Middle Eastern Yogurt Dip) & Loving Summer

Labneh (Middle Eastern Yogurt Dip) & Loving Summer

Fall was always my favorite season.  Maybe it will be again but when I became a parent I realized the freedom of summer.  Do my kids miss homework?  They do not but I believe I miss it even less than they do.   I fit my work in where I can all year-round but in […]

Triple Cheese Polenta & You Married…her?

Triple Cheese Polenta & You Married…her?

Posted on Aug 12, 2011 in all, vegetarian / vegan |

It’s official; I am now in touch with everyone I have ever met. It used be that people lost touch.  I made friends at a summer job or met a boy in creative writing class and we had to write actual letters in order to keep knowing each other. here is an essay I wrote […]

Semi-Sweet Breakfast Loaf with Carrots and Zucchini & A Threeway

Semi-Sweet Breakfast Loaf with Carrots and Zucchini & A Threeway

I’m the kind of baker who likes the load a bunch of foodstuffs in a bowl and see what happens.  This is the School of Anti-Baking.  Sometimes this results in oven explosions or brownies that resemble moose turds but most of the time I have enough of the science down to have it work. “What’re […]