Category Sides

Fall Vegetable Saute

Cooking with someone else offers a fascinating window into their brain! The other night Dad and I sat down to make chicken piccata and I couldn’t help but chuckle at the variation in how we approach dinner preparation. Prior to cooking, Dad sensibly read through the entire recipe, pre-chopped all of the vegetables and organized […]

Kale Salad with Pear and Feta

Happy Vacation!  To all my teacher friends out there I know that these last few weeks have been filled with projects, work shares, exhaustion, and celebration.  You’ve made it and now it’s time to put your feet up and chill. I’ll be heading to Vermont in the morning and can’t wait to make the largest […]

Roasted Delicata Squash

This evening the hubs and I went to a live taping of “Last Seen”, a podcast detailing the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum art heist.  The facts surrounding this case – the world’s largest art theft in history – are deep and astonishing.  While various detectives, journalists, and art lovers have dedicated their careers to digging […]

Israeli Couscous Salad with Cucumber, Spinach, and Parsley

My porch planters are flourishing and I’ve been using fresh herbs every night to make dinner as well as some drinks.   We’ve thrown fresh mint into mojitos, rosemary into a gin & tonic, and basil into a blender with ice, raspberry preserves, and vodka – yum! (Can you tell we are in summer mode over […]

Shrimp Summer Rolls

Today I am back at work after the most spectacular bachelorette party on Martha’s Vineyard. One of my best friends, Carolyn, is someone who is driven, passionate, and most importantly she knows how to get down on the dance floor.  She goes out of her way for those that she loves and it was no […]

Summer Salsa

I must say, having a 4th of July birthday is a pretty special treat.   Growing up one of my favorite birthday traditions was competing with my friends in an obstacle course we created around our house.  One at a time each of my friends would enter the circuit of elements from skip it, to […]

Cold Sesame Soba Noodles and Tofu

  Summertime, and the livin’s easy! Happy vacation to all of my teacher friends out there.  You’ve earned yourself a glass of wine and a comfy place to rest your feet. As of today, I’ve officially completed my second round of grade school… 13 years as a student and 13 years as a teacher/leader.  Schools […]

Mushroom Barley Risotto [Instant Pot]

Meet the newest member of our clan, Toby! His first day at home has been filled with romps around the snow-filled yard, naps in various parts of the house, and an excessive amount of snuggles. We are in HEAVEN!  For those who read the blog, Toby has not yet met Truffles and Cheese (our two […]

Cranberry Orange Pear Relish

Do you listen to the podcast Gastropod yet? If not, you should start! I watched them tape a live episode a while back and appreciate each of their researched, fact-filled episodes. It was through this podcast that I recently learned that “bogs are not wet” and that “cranberries don’t actually grow in water!” WHAT? I’ve […]