We have a snow day here in Massachusetts! Not just schools, but state offices and many businesses are canceled as well, with 11-14 inches of snow predicted to fall over the course of the day.  Man, I couldn’t be happier.  I still feel that childhood rush of excitement when a snow day arrives.  The entire world […]

“Just show up.”  It is this simple mantra that brings me back to my computer after a decent hiatus.  That, and an energizing conversation with a close friend who has started his own blog that explores school desegregation and/or resegregation happening across our country today. As our friends munched on yummy appetizers and watched the […]

I’ve just wrapped up our 8th annual ladies weekend, a time for some of my former roommates and I to sneak away from the world, reconnect, reminisce, drink wine, sleep in, and indulge.  With a new baby in the group and one friend who moved down to Virginia, we chose to stay at home in […]

Every January my favorite online Yoga Guru Adrienne hosts a 30 days of yoga ‘event’ where she posts consecutive free videos to help you reconnect with an at-home practice. Today, while on the mat, she commented: “use this space to play and explore!”  Her motto of ‘find what feels good’ emphasizes not just forcing yourself […]

I’m such a sucker for new beginnings. I love the opportunity to step back, reset, and map out a new path for the road ahead.  This year, as we enter 2017 I have decided to create some intentions rather than resolutions.  Posts like this amazing one shifted my thinking. Rather than saying – as of […]

About a month ago my brother in-law was over for dinner when an amazon package arrived.  As I excitedly revealed this delightful tiny muffin tray, he commented “That looks like one of those 1 am purchases that is going to do an impressive job collecting dust in the back of your drawer.”  Well, I was […]

What to do with leftover crab… experiment with crab cakes, of course!  With no deeply held personal opinions about crab cakes I started with my obligatory research. Kenji Lopez at The Food lab stresses the importance of using quality crabmeat here, and has a richly detailed article with his experimentation and findings.  He uses oyster […]

This is my 90th post! A year ago I regularly opened my fridge unsure of what to make for dinner and now my electronic recipe box is filling before my eyes and my repertoire is expanding.  Just this week I made these lentils for lunch, as well as a batch of chili, each time utilizing […]

I have a love / hate relationship with what I will call the appetizer zone — that time after the guests arrive but before dinner is served.  While the most masterful chefs time everything perfectly, I am usually running around tidying and stirring while simultaneously greeting guests.  Inevitably, while chatting with folks or having a […]

Slice, wrap, saute, serve. What is easier than that?  This was the first time I’ve ever prepared this delightful appetizer and plan to keep it in the rotation.  It was impossible to mess up – particularly while distracted by family laughter and conversation!   As I’ve noted here before, my family LOVES board games.  Like, […]