Category Archives: sides

Bowl of Sunshine

I have had a very serious case of Winter Fatigue. It came on suddenly- about a week ago and boy, has it been strong. I have felt as gray as the skies overhead and my “get-up-and-go” and the bounce in my step have all gotten up and gone to warmer- I hope- climates. Honestly, the […]

Whatever You Do, Don’t Cut Your Noodles

Our daughter Julia, our delicious foodie, is Chinese by birth. I say by birth because we adopted Julia when she was 10 months old and, since then, she has lived right here in the good ole’ USA. The honest truth is that my girl is more comfortable noshing on a hot dog smothered in ketchup […]

The Return of the Edgy Veggie

The other day our amazing babysitter Miquele went to our green grocer with instructions to stock up the fridge with fabulous fruits and veggies. When she returned and all the loot was unpacked, I noticed that butternut squash was part of the bounty. “Huh…” I thought to myself, “that’s interesting.” And, then I did not […]

Popping up!

I am sure that I am tempting the Fates by even writing this, but I think my December madness is finally under control. The Christmas cards are all sent. The presents are bought and wrapped. The baked goods-including special sugar cookies for Santa- are made and in the freezer. The gifts for neighbors are delivered. […]

The good news is….I’m alive!

Hi all! Well, I made it through the first wave of Thanksgiving week guests and I am alive. Actually, far better than that…I’m even having fun. Truly. I swear. Pinky promise! And, in case you are concerned- or even vaguely interested- Georgie is doing incredibly well as the newest member of our three-ring circus. Each […]

Salad Stars

Today at lunch I had an amazing salad. And, as far as I am concerned, there is nothing quite as tasty. I adore a salad loaded with “stuff” so that every bite is a fabulous mixture of colors, textures and flavors. Yet, salads like this are illusive and rare and I think they shouldn’t be. […]

The countdown begins…

We are less than two weeks away from Thanksgiving and already my internal clock is counting down the minutes to the Big Meal. Thanksgiving dinner has so many moving parts and pieces that warrant (and demand) my complete attention: the turkey itself, the fabulous sides, the multiple desserts, and most importantly, the guests that I […]

Boys will be boys

Wednesday night I had five men over for dinner. It was, of course, a business dinner for my husband. And, it was super easy to cook for. Because, truth be told, men are just big boys and they love the comfort food of their youth. And, if you can spice it up a bit- give […]

Ghosts and goblins, mummies and monsters! Oh my!

Halloween is upon us and the kids-both big and small- are over the moon with excitement. Where I live is ground zero for Halloween fun. Every house is decorated with cobwebs, ghosts, skeletons and ghouls; fabulously carved jack-o-lanterns glow on every stoop; and the whole town has a Mayberry meets Tim Burton feel. It is […]

Dear Dinner Dilemma…

This morning I returned home from a zillion errands to find the following email waiting for me: Dear Dinner Dilemma: I have a little challenge for you- I made a baked risotto last night from the Food Network. It intrigued me… risotto that you don’t have to stir and is rated easy? I had to […]