spring recipes

A Big, Fat Zero

May 31, 2013 · 6 comments

Next week I have a birthday ending in a big, fat zero. I spent no shortage of time bemoaning this milestone. I’ll feel better once the date has passed and I’m not ruminating or asked to talk about it anymore. It took me a while to pinpoint what specifically had me so wound up. It’s just another year. I’m the same person. I have much for which to be thankful. It’s better than the alternative…so why the crankiness? [click to continue…]



Entertaining can be exhausting or exhilarating. I’ve had it both ways and I much prefer the latter, don’t you? I love to cook for friends. I adore hosting holiday feasts – Thanksgiving is my favorite – but it took me while to figure out how to do so without running myself into the ground. [click to continue…]



Embracing the New

May 17, 2013 · 6 comments

“Do you know what a badonkadonk* is?” my mother asked me one day over the phone. I burst into a fit. “Yes. Why?” She told me about a class she’d taken to expand her already robust vocabulary. She had a slew of new words she was just itching to use. [click to continue…]



Spicing It Up

May 2, 2013

Has this ever happened to you? There’s a thing you make – a pasta, a salad, a sauce – and it’s good. Really good. It’s your thing. But then you add something to it and it’s just crazy amazing off the hook fabulous. And you wonder how you went on making it that way all along, thinking it was fine when it really needed that one single ingredient, that boost to take it over the top? From then on, this is how you make it because it’s so much better, brighter, more fun. You never look back.

The Firsts

April 18, 2013

One of the many joys of parenthood is experiencing the “firsts.” They start small – first bath, first bottle, first time out of the house with baby. Over time, the events become more meaningful and worthy of The Big Camera.

The Dawning of the Age of Asparagus

March 28, 2013

It’s difficult to be patient. More than ever, we know what we want and we want it now. Right now! I’m not just talking about the children. Thanks to technology, there is little we must wait for. Need new shoes? They’ll be at your door tomorrow with a few clicks. Want to hear that catchy song you keep humming? Bam. For $1.29 it can be yours to play in an endless loop. No more going to stores. No more taping hours of bad radio programming hoping to catch the song of the moment (you know you used to do it too!).

Rainbow Connection

March 14, 2013

You know what I like best about St. Patrick’s Day? I’ll give you three guesses.

Strawberry Fields Forever

May 18, 2012

With Memorial Day quickly approaching, the farmers markets that have been closed for the winter are back up and running. It’s great to see familiar faces (both the farmers and the neighbors who’ve been hibernating) and the tables piled high with arugula, asparagus and strawberries.