Sometimes Mistakes Are Made

I consider myself a decent home cook and my friends and family seem to truly enjoy the fruits of my labor. They just assume that everything I cook will turn out well and that is generally true – mostly because I do not serve them the mistakes … except my poor hubby who goes along…

Rolling with the Punches

Memorial Day 2021 started as a beautiful day with mild temperatures and pretty skies. I curled up on the chaise tucked on the covered porch, a book in one hand and a glass of rose in the other, listening to the vibrant yard around me. Bees and hummingbirds were happily buzzing the abundance of spring…

Stir-Frying to the Sky’s Edge

A long time ago in a land far away … OK, it was the early 90’s in Boston … I was a young mother married to a graduate student so our meager resources meant we had to be frugal with our purchases and live a simple lifestyle. Garage sales were our favorite store! I happened…

Rules for A (Vegetable) Garden

The winter months are moving along. The days are getting longer. Soon we will be in late-winter, early spring. What this means for many of us, me included, is we are planning our summer vegetable gardens. We are asking ourselves, what types of vegetables, herbs and fruits should we grow, where, when and how much….

New Year’s Resolutions for 2021

I have been thinking about this for a while.  With life totally upside down due to Covid-19, how do we decide what our new year’s resolutions will be for 2021?  Should we have two sets of resolutions, one for continuation of life during the Covid-19 pandemic and another one for our lives post the Covid-19 vaccine?  It is…

Kitchen Travels

There have been many difficult adjustments made during the pandemic. One of the hardest for me has been curtailing my wanderlust. I love to travel, whether exploring my state, neighboring states, throughout the country (I’ve visited 47 states!) or other countries. I love the open road and I love awakening on another continent after an…

Special Restaurants

Restaurants often hold a special place in our hearts and memories. Perhaps it was the site of a first date or a marriage proposal; perhaps a celebration of a new baby; perhaps it was catching up with old friends or a job offer. We all have that special place that harkens back to happy times…

Pepper Cooks from One of Her Favorite Cookbooks

Many, many years ago, I worked at an Ivy League university where one of my responsibilities was to organize the Political-Economy Lecture Series. Quite possibly one of the coolest things I’ve ever done, I would work with faculty and graduate students to bring in world-renowned economists to give small, intimate talks and then arrange for…