August 18, 2014
My mom’s culinary palate would never have been described as expensive or sophisticated.
July 18, 2014
The very reason we want to use ground turkey — its lower fat content — is what makes it difficult to simply substitute for beef.
July 7, 2014
OK, now it’s really happening. We’ve had a couple of warm days. My toenails are painted orange and I’ve given up wearing socks. It’s salad time.
June 20, 2014
Did you ever notice how the names of many common fruits have double meanings? As in, I was feeling just peachy the other day until I saw group of young ruffians bounce a ball off the melon of the apple of my eye, then throw a raspberry his way as if...
June 6, 2014
It’s ridiculous to say, but the biggest obstacle in my quest to eat more healthy foods that have a lower impact on the planet is my love of meat. Big hunks of red meat, in particular.
May 27, 2014
Back when we first met, my husband lived in a second-floor apartment on Route 1 in Rockland, Maine, above what was then the hardware store.
May 7, 2014
Birds are singing, daffodils are blooming, and asparagus is on sale – it must be spring.
This recipe came to me by way of Pinterest and a favorite food blog, "
April 30, 2014
I have rosemary envy.
My friend Myrna has a rosemary that she plants outside in her Maine backyard every summer then brings inside in the fall to winter over. This thing is huge, more of shrub than a...
March 28, 2014
On St. Patrick's Day this year, my good friend Richard cooked my lunch, Corned Beef and Cabbage Pizza.
It sounds crazy, I know, but it was delicious. He used a layer of mustard as his sauce, which he...
February 28, 2014
Editor's note: In the print addition of this blog, several sauce ingredients were omitted. The have been added in bold below:
I started my...
January 30, 2014
I think it was from Martha Stewart that I first heard of steel-cut oats, a new — or more accurately, very old — form of oatmeal.
She touted it as a better, more flavorful way to enjoy your...
January 16, 2014
I've always loved the idea of a slow cooker, but the reality often leaves much to be desired. Although I have tried many slow cooker recipes, I usually reject them once I've tasted the result.
November 20, 2013
I never was a big fan of butternut squash.
Growing up, my mother always boiled it then seasoned it with nutmeg. I just didn’t...
November 12, 2013
Say what you will about apple crisp, apple pie, apple cobbler and apple brown Betty, there's nothing that makes my heart sing in the fall so much as a fresh, steamy apple dumpling.
When I was a kid, my...
October 25, 2013
If I could, I would eat a doughnut every day for breakfast. Or coffeecake. Or pancakes with maple syrup. Or Pop Tarts or a cinnamon roll.
Even if I set aside for a moment my goal of eating fewer...
October 9, 2013
The other day, as I began another chapter in my lifelong quest to find new ways to celebrate Brussels sprouts, I stumbled upon something called a barigoule.
Barigoule — pronounced bah-ree-GOOL...
September 26, 2013
I have been trying to make decent cold sesame noodles for years — not delicious ones, or perfect ones, or ones that taste exactly like the best cold sesame noodles I’ve ever had. I just want to make a decent batch. I want to...
September 11, 2013
Until recently, the best meal of my life was a late summer dinner on a pier on Puget Sound in Seattle.
My husband and I drank chilled white wine from big, balloon-shaped glasses and ate king crab that...