Happy Summer Solstice and three cheers for outdoor BBQ season!  Here in our household we eat dinner outside about 3-4 times per week as the evening air is relaxing and soothing (particularly due to the fact that we don’t have central air).   As I’ve been cooking for these meals I recently realized that I’ve never […]

Life is full of unexpected twists and turns, and I am happy to report that after being jostled about for the last month or so I have emerged a healthier and stronger version of myself. For anyone who has experienced the effects of cancer within your family you know how it can shake any sense […]

Tonight we had a salmon feast to round out a week of celebrations!  While we chose to make this week of school vacation a ‘staycation’ it ended up to be filled with day after day of reasons to raise a glass.  Here are just some of the highlights. On Easter Sunday last weekend we spent […]

I have been on a reading rampage so far this year as I work towards my goal of reading 25 books in 2017.  So far I’ve read 11. Commuting used to be an anxiety producing part of my day filled with honking horns and unexpected construction.  (Have I mentioned I live in Boston?)  Now, however, […]

Ok April, here we go.  This year, my April will be filled with veggies and devoid of carbs.  Inspired by some friends, I’ve decided to do my own ‘cleanse’ this month where I eat lots of real food, less sugar, fewer grains, and little to no alcohol – eek!  It is day three and I […]

Tuesday night, two hungry bellies, and no food plan!  This 15 minute dinner came to the rescue and surprised both of us with its simplicity, versatility, and flavor. I went hungry-shopping last weekend at Trader Joe’s and found many new treats in my cart from simmer sauces to naan to pre-riced cauliflower.  The process of […]

Harissa, I’m in love!  Over the course of the last year I’ve eagerly saved several recipes that highlight this North African hot pepper paste such as The Book Cooks’ one pan roasted chicken.  Some reading led me to the fact that each brand can have a slightly different flavor, and so I picked up a […]

This is my 100th post, and I am SO happy that it gets to be this delicious dish.  Last week, while on vacation, I had lots of time to catch up on reading some of my favorite blogs and cataloging ‘things to make.’ During that process, I stumbled upon this amazing recipe from Figs and […]

For as many years as I can remember, my Baba’s favorite Christmas gift was a ‘food box’ from my parents containing her favorite grocery and pantry items. Each year the same old sturdy tomato box was dug out of the garage with the top pre-wrapped for easy opening and re-use.  This tradition initially started as […]

With multiple feet of snow having fallen in the last several days we are wrapping up our THIRD snow day in a row here in New England.  Over the course of this unexpected break, I have cooked up a large batch of rice and beans, organized our tool area in the basement, and have listened […]