Baked Italian Eggplant Polenta with Parmesan & No Place like Om

Baked Italian Eggplant Polenta with Parmesan & No Place like Om

Posted on Aug 9, 2011 in all, vegetarian / vegan |

It is an unwritten rule that if your partner or spouse goes away for any period of time, the children and animals will give you trouble. Today is no exception. 5am? Cue the dog vomit. 5.30am cue the daughter hunched over the toilet.  5.45am cue the dog again along with the worried Daniel who slept […]

Cold Cucumber Soup with Peas & Imagination

Cold Cucumber Soup with Peas & Imagination

4-year-old Will and 12-year-old Jamie and I rode the T into downtown Boston this weekend.  The journey, as they say, was the destination.  Will loves trains, the slurring scenery, the tickets, the immovable seats, the automatic doors.  We exited at the park and went for a ride on the Swan Boats.  “There’s a guy on […]

Twice-Cooked Beans with Smoky Paprika Onions & Laziness

Twice-Cooked Beans with Smoky Paprika Onions & Laziness

Posted on Aug 3, 2011 in all, family favorites, vegetarian / vegan |

Some recipe are borne of genius.  Some, like this one, are borne of sheer laziness.  What, you’ve never been enamored of Jacobs Cattle beans, their marble-like texture and splotches of brown and white, so taken with them you keep them cloistered away in a jar just to ogle them?  Well, I have.  And then I […]

Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Cookies & Lost & Found

Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Cookies & Lost & Found

Posted on Aug 2, 2011 in all, cooking with kids, desserts & drinks |

Have I mentioned that I love a good yard sale?  That flea markets are second only to food and farmer’s markets for me? History, humor, treasures all in one place.  This spring my son Daniel and I went to a flea market fundraiser at his school.  He sorted through albums (“I mean, what would you […]

Whole Slow-Roasted Carrots with Thyme & Secret Shame

Whole Slow-Roasted Carrots with Thyme & Secret Shame

Posted on Aug 1, 2011 in all, sides, vegetarian / vegan | 3 comments

At the family bbq, our kids were nosing around the yard, digging in the dirt and becoming fast friends as kids under ten do.  This writer and I stood around as writers do, chit-chatting until we feel enough time has passed to discuss work.  Generally the conversations go something like this: Writer 1: So…what’re you […]

Maple-Polenta Southern Biscuits & Biscuits & Cuddling (Vegan Option, too!)

Maple-Polenta Southern Biscuits & Biscuits & Cuddling (Vegan Option, too!)

Posted on Jul 28, 2011 in all, breakfast & brunch, vegetarian / vegan |

Confession: I am not southern. I am not even semi-southern. But I harbor deep fantasies about being whisked away and made to eat cheese grits, collard greens, and biscuits. In fact, last night I ate an entire bunch of collard greens. ON my own. I *might* have had to sleep in the attic due to […]

Black Olive and Caper Tapenade & Proportional Happiness

Black Olive and Caper Tapenade & Proportional Happiness

When I go to Mexico to visit my old friend, Cristina, I like to help her milk goats, eat the cheese she makes from those goats, and wander into the market to buy hand-made blue gorditas and cactus for salad.  But what I really love is buying spoons.  They are made locally, don’t cost much, […]

Frozen Banana Pops & My Slutty Past

Frozen Banana Pops & My Slutty Past

Posted on Jul 22, 2011 in all, cooking with kids, desserts & drinks | one comment

I used to get around a little.  One time here, another there.  Always the dream of what the next guy could do, how he could fulfill my desires. No, not that way!  I was…a hair slut.  My friend, Jen, was a jean whore.  She’d constantly covet the jeans I wore, or the jeans on that […]

Creamy Fennel, Garlic, Onion & Potato Soup & Spinning My Wheels & Free Diapers

Creamy Fennel, Garlic, Onion & Potato Soup & Spinning My Wheels & Free Diapers

Posted on Jul 20, 2011 in all, meal in a bowl, soups & starters, vegetarian / vegan |

When was spinning a craze?  I remember my older brother converting to the religion of spin class somewhere in the late 90s…but like many things from that time period, I missed them.  My first child was born in 1999.  Roughly translated, this means my husband and I ARE STILL WATCHING THE WEST WING.  Missed it […]

Summer Squash Ribbon Salad with Lemon-Dill Vinaigrette (Raw) & My Vegan Dog

Summer Squash Ribbon Salad with Lemon-Dill Vinaigrette (Raw) & My Vegan Dog

Perhaps you’re familiar with Newfoundlands as a breed.  Maybe you read Peter Pan (in the original book, Nana is a Newfie, not a Saint).  My dog, Atticus, is, for lack of a better ford, a beast.  He is giant, hairy, drools, has huge teeth, paws that can take out a grown man’s eye (though he’d […]

Cottage Blueberry Crumb Cake & Broken Hearts

Cottage Blueberry Crumb Cake & Broken Hearts

My 12-year-old holds a heart in his hands. “Do you like the blue?” he asks.  We’re in Venice, a place known for glass beads and tiny fragile animals.  I nod.  Jamie has always associated me with blue as he knows it’s my favorite color.  “Who is the necklace for?” Jamie’s dad asks him and Jamie […]

Breadcrumb Flounder & Learning to Cook

Breadcrumb Flounder & Learning to Cook

Posted on Jul 15, 2011 in all, cooking with kids, main courses |

“How do you roast a chicken?” my housemate asked.  We were living in a small house on the outskirts of Oxford, England, commuting to tutorials by bike or foot or, in my case, used Vespa.  I had an enormous helmet that made me look like a misshapen bee or person from the future and yet […]

Italian Plum Tart (Crostata alla Confettura di Prugne) & Finding Treasures

Italian Plum Tart (Crostata alla Confettura di Prugne) & Finding Treasures

This is a classic southern Italian dessert, though my favorite time to eat this is in the morning.  I especially like the crisp pastry and the tart plum when we’re down to the last few slices and the very last one is a bit stale, and thus crunchy and I can peck at the crumbs […]

Cheese & One Reason I Miss Italy

Cheese & One Reason I Miss Italy

Posted on Jul 13, 2011 in all, soups & starters | one comment

This is just the cheese platter I would serve each day at lunch… Did I mention that in the (lost) green bag was an entire wheel of cheese?

Addis (Red Lentils with Tomatoes) & Old Haunts

Addis (Red Lentils with Tomatoes) & Old Haunts

Posted on Jul 13, 2011 in all, sides, vegetarian / vegan |

I’ve loved some restaurants in my life.  Some remain, some have since closed, turned over into other eateries or morphed into cell phone stores.  I look back on these places the way one might look back on an old flame.  Oh, tiny little place no one knew about in the then-dodgy part of London with […]

Super Sticky Thai Chicken Wings & Pieces of String

Super Sticky Thai Chicken Wings & Pieces of String

Posted on Jul 12, 2011 in all, main courses |

So there’s this old New England tale – the kind that gets passed along from one old fisherman to another, then handed down to me when I worked on boats and cooked on a wood stove or a diesel one, up at 4am and in bed at 11pm (the nights that prepared me well for […]