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I got it from my mama

April 24, 2014, 7:20 am
I got it from my mama

I’m gonna let you in on a little secret: I’ve never made matzah ball soup. I don’t need. Because my mom’s is the best. One of the tricks is that she starts with a whole chicken and a ton of bones that she gets from our butcher. Then she throws in some mirepoix and enough . Read More »

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the brei

April 20, 2014, 8:44 am
the brei

I can’t remember the last time I bought matzah. Other than the seder feast preamble Hillel sandwich with its dab of bracing horseradish and spoonful of sweet apple and nut charoset nestled between two mismatched shards or maybe a few snapped rectangles smeared with Temp Tee and draped in smoked salmon the next morning, I largely stay away from . Read More »

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a kitchen with an apartment around it

April 15, 2014, 1:44 am
a kitchen with an apartment around it

Still life with eggs. Also known as Passover baking. Over the past week, twenty-four eggs have passed through my hands. One made it into breakfast. The remaining twenty-three were mixed into five batches of mini chocolate cakes and three of macaroons. Those macaroons will have to wait a few days but they’ll show up here . Read More »

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I sit down

April 12, 2014, 7:30 am
I sit down

I don’t work on Tuesdays or Wednesday mornings. Which means that after a few double shifts landing me in bed no earlier than 1 am, I let myself indulge in a more leisurely morning or two: I sit down to a hot breakfast. Not since my medical school days of 4-hour vascular surgeries have I so valued . Read More »

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getting back here

April 9, 2014, 1:10 pm
getting back here

Whew, it’s been a while, hasn’t it? It sure has been hectic on my end. Between a new apartment and a new job and a whole bunch of travel and an asthma-inducing sleep-interrupting cold, I’ve had a hard time getting back here. While out of site (get it?), this little place was never out of mind. Don’t worry . Read More »

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getting back here

April 9, 2014, 8:58 am
getting back here

Whew, it’s been a while, hasn’t it? It sure has been hectic on my end. Between a new apartment and a new job and a whole bunch of travel and an asthma-inducing sleep-interrupting cold, I’ve had a hard time getting back here. While out of site (get it?), this little place was never out of mind. Don’t worry . Read More »

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in which I move

February 14, 2014, 12:26 am
in which I move

Things you don’t want to hear on the day of your move: It’s snowing. Our truck was hit by a car. The move ahead of you has the elevator and is running late. And you both must be out by 5 pm. Luckily, everything went well and no one was injured in that snow-and-ice-induced fender . Read More »

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apartment 4F

February 3, 2014, 12:20 pm
apartment 4F

It’s well past midnight and I’m sitting in a boxed-up apartment, unable to finish packing and unable to go to sleep. The bookshelf is empty, the furniture sold or given away, the art propped against the wall. It must sound funny to you that I’m about to wax nostalgic about an apartment that I’ve lived . Read More »

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looking forward, looking back

January 23, 2014, 9:04 am
looking forward, looking back

Today, we’re taking a short trip back in time. And forward in time. When I made my first tentative steps towards moving back to New York, I spent a lot of time feeling around. Where did I want to live? Two short Brooklyn sublets and I decided to return to my trusty old Upper West . Read More »

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a place to hang my hat

January 2, 2014, 8:16 am
a place to hang my hat

It’s just a day into 2014 and I already have a recipe to share. It’s a housewarming recipe, the recipe that finally helped me feel like New York was my new home. Is my new home. A few months ago, I subleased my apartment in Cambridge and moved down to New York with no plan other . Read More »

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hugs and kisses all around

December 31, 2013, 7:04 am

I’ve been called a lot of names, but “a Christmas miracle” is a new one for me. And yet, there it was last week on my computer screen when I told my cousin Judy that I’d be able to drive out to Pennsylvania for her twenty-fourth annual Christmas Eve party. With geographic distance and a rapidly growing clan . Read More »

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lately

December 23, 2013, 6:06 am
lately

Hello, hello! Yesterday was the shortest day of the year, and today was the warmest it’s been in months. I was driving about this afternoon, popping over to Crown Heights for a little barbecue and a few pretzels, and as I headed home in traffic and the sky darkened into night just a few minutes . Read More »

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kitchen rummaging

December 18, 2013, 7:08 am
kitchen rummaging

A few weeks ago, I found myself face-to-face with my twelve-year-old self. A friend asked me for a few hours of emergency babysitting, and I rushed over to take care of her son. I checked in on the little guy and, reassured by his rhythmic breathing and his little wrinkled hand wrapped around a blanket, I . Read More »

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dessert first

December 11, 2013, 5:26 am
dessert first

Hello, December. Hello, snow. Hello, birthday. Yup, December is birthday month over here. The official date is the 8th, and my friends and family made this past weekend wonderfully special. There was dinner and a spa and dinner again. And a few more things to come. As I said, it’s birthday month on my blog. That chocolate cake . Read More »

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stuffing

December 10, 2013, 2:22 am
stuffing

How was your Thanksgiving? Your Hanukkah? This Thanksgiving, with nine of us around the table, we kept things low-key and didn’t go crazy with the food. I mean, we didn’t even have potatoes, sweet or otherwise. Now, even with a more streamlined menu, there was still that last-minute scramble as we pulled the turkey out . Read More »

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what I’ve got

November 28, 2013, 8:42 am
what I’ve got

In the middle of long chains of emails titled “Thanksgiving menu,” my aunt Leslie started a new subject: “Holidays” She wrote, “I was thinking…just a suggestion…that in lieu of gifts for any of these occasions*, we consider making contributions to worthy causes.” My uncle Michael responded: “My first response is not serious — only if . Read More »

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we’re gonna get dirty

November 27, 2013, 7:40 am
we’re gonna get dirty

By the time Hanukkah rolled around last year, I was all fried out. But when asked to teach a Hanukkah cooking class this year, I just couldn’t say no to latkes. My friend Frances offered up her large kitchen, so last night I rolled a suitcase filled with ingredients and utensils and lots of oil . Read More »

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he for her, she for him, they for them

October 23, 2013, 12:06 am
he for her, she for him, they for them

It was their last meal together but they didn’t know it. They were celebrating. There was champagne chilling. He knocked on the door as she set plates on the table. Usually they cooked together. Though sometimes, he for her. This time, she for him. They embraced with a familiar hey great to see you how’s it . Read More »

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we surprise ourselves

October 10, 2013, 7:38 am
we surprise ourselves

We’ve all done it, right? In a frenzy to feed a growling stomach, we make a quick breakfast-lunch-dinner with whatever is in the kitchen and we surprise ourselves. There’s no planning, no shopping, no browsing, no flipping through cookbooks. We throw something together and hope it works. Sometimes it does. Sometimes it doesn’t. Read More »

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get in on it

October 1, 2013, 8:40 am
get in on it

As the calendar page turns from September to October, here’s a recipe I made in August. It’s farmers market fare and there’s still time to get in on it before most of our carrots are plucked from cold storage. Roasted carrots with carrot top hazelnut pesto Adapted from Bon Appétit. Carrot tops are the earthier, . Read More »

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Peru: we climbed a mountain

September 14, 2013, 1:48 am
Peru: we climbed a mountain

And, just like that, it’s September. That was the opening line I planned to use as I scrambled to get this post out before sunset last Wednesday as Rosh Hashanah rushed in. Instead, I used those last few hours to curl up with a good a book (well, two good books) and enter the Jewish New Year calmly . Read More »

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good roommates

July 29, 2013, 8:06 am
good roommates

The first time I liked eggplant was in London. Until then, I was one of the many eggplant haters. The flesh too bitter, too slimy. The skin too rubbery. My mouth too itchy with each bite. Babaghanoush? No thank you. Eggplant parm? Nope, I make it with zucchini. Ratatouille? I’ll pass. And then, sitting in . Read More »

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I pause

June 24, 2013, 7:46 am
I pause

The weeks following February 22nd were the lemoniest weeks of my life. On that Friday, a box of two dozen child-picked Meyer lemons landed on my doorstep. (Thanks Jo!). And just over a month later, I used up the last of these thin-skinned, almost sweet lemons. It was Passover and I zested the final five . Read More »

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howdy

June 12, 2013, 7:00 am
howdy

I just got back from a few days in Austin and want to share a few photos of this live-music-playing, cowboy-boot-wearing, hot-hot-hot food mecca. Have a great week, y’all! Jo’s Cafe 242 West Second Street Austin, TX 78701 512.469.9003 And other locations Maria’s Taco Xpess 529 S Lamar Blvd Austin, TX 78704 512.444.0261 The Continental . Read More »

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good things

May 20, 2013, 6:06 pm
good things

Hey there. It’s been a while. All’s good, just hectic since I started my new job. This past week was full of wonderful surprises. A call from a sorely missed friend. Last minute tickets to see Alvin Ailey. An invitation from a chef to her birthday party. And lots of getting-to-know-you time with a pair . Read More »

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they’re all that

March 15, 2013, 3:16 am
they’re all that

I realize that these scones might not look like much. There’s no shiny glaze, no bright fruits dotting the surface, but scrolling past these unassuming little lumps of baked dough would be a mistake. They’re the most breakfast-y of scones I’ve ever known. And though I’ve never tried hot oatmeal – there’s just something about the . Read More »

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like her mother

March 10, 2013, 2:56 am
like her mother

Today’s recipe is dedicated to Lilli Virginia. We met the other week when I brought over dinner for her newly-minted parents, salad for Molly and meat (a turkey variation on this) for Rich. Lilly is a stunning baby girl with a strong showing of light hair, searching blue eyes, a rosebud mouth, and ten tiny . Read More »

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by my count

February 27, 2013, 7:20 am
by my count

Look what arrived in the mail. They were preceded by an email from Joanne: “lemons arriving friday!!!!!! organic, pesticide free, california meyer lemons picked just for you by child labor. enjoy!!!!!” Here’s Evan. He and his sister Mia are the child laborers. The last time I saw Evan, he and I picked lemons together. Now he’s . Read More »

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salad days of winter

February 24, 2013, 6:28 am
salad days of winter

Last week, I wrote about winter salads for the Jerusalem Post and today, I want to share this how-to guide with you. What are your favorite ways to prepare hardy greens and root vegetables? As February rolls around and Punxsutawney Phil predicts mild months ahead, cravings for spring and summer produce sneak up on us. But before . Read More »

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an office office

January 22, 2013, 7:32 am
an office office

Happy 2013! It’s been such a long time. I’ve missed this space. I’ve missed you guys. I’m back from Peru and have so much to tell you about the trip. But first, some exciting news. I started a new job! Maybe you prepare for a new role by self-reflecting and setting goals for success, researching the company . Read More »

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on the other side

December 25, 2012, 5:24 am

I’m off to Peru, friends, Peru! I’ll be gone for a while, so it’s going to be a bit quiet around her until after the new year. The past few months, I’ve been preparing like I’ve never prepared before. I booked my flights six months in advance. Hotels? Check. Machu Picchu? Check. Altitude medication? Check. . Read More »

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and, lo

December 14, 2012, 5:56 am
and, lo

Welcome to the second and final installment of celebrate Hanukkah without frying (or, at least without frying in your own kitchen). Someone asked me yesterday which extra virgin olive oil I used for the cake, and, lo, I had forgotten to mention it in my post. Whoopsies. For the recipes (yes, recipes – today we . Read More »

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the oil you put in your cart

December 13, 2012, 7:46 am
the oil you put in your cart

Happy Hanukkah, folks. Have you had your latkes yet? Your sufganiyot? If so, let’s try something different. Cake! At the Hazon Food Conference last week, my friend Leah taught a cooking class on fried Hanukkah foods from around the world. Read More »

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the couscous did its thing

December 12, 2012, 6:56 am
the couscous did its thing

Hey there! Today we’re having soup. It’s a simple tomato soup thickened with couscous, spiked with spices, dolloped with yogurt. I’m going to level with you – the first bowl didn’t wow me. It was too thin. The couscous seemed like an afterthought. The cumin and thyme competed with one another. So I left the . Read More »

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the thing you’re eating

December 9, 2012, 10:02 pm
the thing you’re eating

I’m still savoring the New Yorker December 3, 2012 food issue, nursing it like a café au lait in a bowl so large you get to warm up both hands as you lift it to your lips. The issue itself is comforting, inviting, lingering-inducing. You may have caught a glimpse of it sprawling across my . Read More »

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hands down

December 4, 2012, 11:16 pm
hands down

Hi there. Just a quick hello and a recipe. Last week, I promised you bread. Um, here’s some salad. It looks a little like this salad. And, well, this salad too. I made it for a friend’s birthday and after we ate dessert as our first course (hey, it’s a birthday!) it was, hands down, . Read More »

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November 30

December 1, 2012, 12:28 am
November 30

It’s the last day of November, which means it’s the last day of NaBloPoMo. Let’s take a quick look back at the month. There were twenty-six blog posts. Seven sweets. Three salads. Three soups. Four other assorted vegetables. I bought a pressure cooker and am still trying to figure out how to use it. I got raw kale . Read More »

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snowbird

November 30, 2012, 7:42 am
snowbird

Monday was salad. Tuesday was cookies. Wednesday was salad. Thursday is… Oh, and these are not just any cookies. They’re chocolate-covered graham crackers. Let me say that again, for full effect. They’re graham crackers that I made (!), that I covered with chocolate (!), and that I didn’t eat all in one sitting (!). I . Read More »

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with a vengeance

November 29, 2012, 7:04 am
with a vengeance

Today was a salad-for-breakfast kind of day. And a salad-for-lunch-kind of day. And a salad-for-dinner kind of day. Not only that, it was a kale-salad-for-breakfast-lunch-dinner kind of day. I was pretty late to the kale game. My first ever taste was nearly four years ago when I bought a big bunch of kale to help . Read More »

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good stuff

November 28, 2012, 8:54 am
good stuff

I normally read my magazines from front to back. I might sneak a peek at the New Yorker’s cartoon contest on the last page, but for the most part, I’m a cover-to-cover reader. But when I pulled the plastic off of this month’s Bon Appétit, I jumped right to page 96 for Dorie Greenspan’s cover . Read More »

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etymology with a side order of science

November 27, 2012, 10:20 am
etymology with a side order of science

Hi there! It’s so good to be back after a few days off. How was your Thanksgiving? My family and I gathered right outside of Philadelphia. We ate a lot (I’m sure you did too) and then the next morning, we ate some more. We stopped by Reading Terminal Market for a non-turkey lunch and . Read More »

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turkey day

November 22, 2012, 10:36 pm

We don’t have much time to chat today because I’ve got a date with an oven and a family to catch up with. Here are a few articles that I read while waiting in the airport this morning that I though you might enjoy during your own travels. Eight Thanksgiving stories by some great food . Read More »

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no satisfactory explanation

November 22, 2012, 6:12 pm
no satisfactory explanation

Well, people, it’s the night before Thanksgiving. I’m eating applesauce. In all the fuss about getting my pressure cooker up and running, I forgot to tell you why I made applesauce in the first place. It’s for my father. Well, and anyone else who can get to it before he does. But mostly, it’s for . Read More »

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no satisfactory explanation

November 22, 2012, 6:56 am
no satisfactory explanation

Well, people, it’s the night before Thanksgiving. I’m eating applesauce. In all the fuss about getting my pressure cooker up and running, I forgot to tell you why I made applesauce in the first place. It’s for my father. Well, and anyone else who can get to it before he does. But mostly, it’s for . Read More »

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she got to me

November 21, 2012, 6:28 am
she got to me

My friend Molly knows a thing or two about cooking. Point to a pile of green-tinged rough-hewn grains with a tilt of the head and furrow of the brow? It’s freekeh, she’ll say, and then recommend a great book about it. Need to borrow a cookbook? She probably has an extra copy of the one you . Read More »

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Monday the 19th

November 20, 2012, 6:56 am
Monday the 19th

I was just scrolling through this here blog today and realized that we haven’t had salad in a while. If you don’t count the that kale and barley deal from earlier this month (Is it salad? Or is it a side? I categorized it as salad on the recipes tab, but I’m rethinking that one), the . Read More »

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squash and apple and curry and stuff

November 19, 2012, 4:36 am
squash and apple and curry and stuff

Soup is back, and with a vengeance, people. If you include the batch that I took out of my freezer earlier in the month, I’ve eaten four different soups (well, one is officially a stew) in fewer than four weeks. And it’s not even Thanksgiving yet. Also, butternut squash is back, at least in my kitchen, . Read More »

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close to their origins

November 19, 2012, 12:20 am
close to their origins

Just a quick post (and recipe) tonight because I’m running out the door and I’m already late for a party. This butternut squash dish is the second recipe that I made from Yotam Ottolenghi’s and Sami Tamimi’s newest cookbook, Jerusalem. (You may have already seen the recipe in this article). Read More »

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to market we go

November 18, 2012, 4:36 am
to market we go

Just a quick post (and recipe) tonight because I’m running out the door and I’m already late for a party. This butternut squash dish is the second recipe that I made from Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi’s newest cookbook, Jerusalem. (You may have already seen the recipe in this article). Read More »

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the rest

November 17, 2012, 4:46 am
the rest

I’m catching up on my NPR over here, this time a Splendid Table broadcast from a few weeks ago. (Listen to the first 9 minutes or read the transcript here.) It’s a conversation with Penny De Los Santos, photographer extraordinaire. I almost wrote food photographer, but, when you hear her talking, you realize that she doesn’t just . Read More »

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the rest

November 17, 2012, 12:56 am
the rest

I’m catching up on my NPR over here, this time a Splendid Table broadcast from a few weeks ago. (Listen to the first 9 minutes or read the transcript here.) It’s a conversation with Penny De Los Santos, photographer extraordinaire. I almost wrote food photographer, but, when you hear her talking, you realize that she doesn’t just . Read More »

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the sound of writing

November 16, 2012, 4:36 am
the sound of writing

When I started this blog, it was about the recipes. It was a way for me to capture what I was cooking and eating. A way for me to end the search for that recipe that I made that time with the stuff, it was on the right side of page in that cookbook, I think. . Read More »

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I get that

November 15, 2012, 5:36 am
I get that

I’ve lived in Cambridge for four years and three months. That’s the longest I’ve stayed in a city since I left my childhood home when I was 17. Which has gotten me thinking about what home is. And what it means to me to have really planted roots. Oh, not in the get married/buy a house/make babies/get . Read More »

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get out the popcorn

November 14, 2012, 1:38 am
get out the popcorn

Yesterday I mentioned soup that inspired, well, yesterday’s soup. And I figure it’s only fair that I give you a glimpse of that soup and the cafe where I tried it. So get out the popcorn and click on the picture. I made you a little movie! (Thanks, Directr, for turning me into a fancy pants film . Read More »

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fresh in my memory (and a favor)

November 13, 2012, 4:42 am
fresh in my memory (and a favor)

I promised you soup yesterday. And pictures too. I do want to warn you that there’s also a favor I need to ask, but we’ll get to that later. First, let’s eat. Timing’s a bit off because this is a soup for a cold night when the first wafts of fireplace fill the brisk air. Instead, today was . Read More »

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lunch

November 12, 2012, 9:40 am

Lunch today was not pretty, folks. Oh, it was good, but it wasn’t much of a looker. That’s why I don’t have any pictures for you. It was one of those clear-out-the-fridge-to-make-room-for-new-groceries lunches. You might also call it an eat-before-going-shopping-to-buy-said-groceries-so-you-don’t-buy-out-the-store lunch. Read More »

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lunch

November 12, 2012, 6:18 am

Lunch today was not pretty, folks. Oh, it was good, but it wasn’t much of a looker. That’s why I don’t have any pictures for you. It was one of those clear-out-the-fridge-to-make-room-for-new-groceries lunches. You might also call it an eat-before-going-shopping-to-buy-said-groceries-so-you-don’t-buy-out-the-store lunch. Read More »

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the square

November 11, 2012, 7:52 am
the square

I took a walk today. I peeked onto a neighbor’s front porch. I listened to some music. I marveled at a garden. Filed under: NaBloPoMo, no recipe. Read More »

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the quintessential hostess

November 9, 2012, 10:26 pm
the quintessential hostess

Some things get easier as we get older. But making new friends is not one of them. Sure, we make acquaintances. We have people to go out to dinner with. And brunch. We befriend the parents of our kids’ friends based on play dates and carpools and school projects. But friends who know you like . Read More »

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how recipes go

November 9, 2012, 7:12 am
how recipes go

I was digging around for a container of soup last night, and out plopped a bag of blueberries. I had frozen the berries at the peak of their season, having bought a pint (or two) too many. You can’t get a better surprise than this during the first snow after the first hurricane of the season. And on the . Read More »

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