sweet cherry clafoutis

sweet cherry clafoutis

July 16, 2011

For weeks I’ve been wondering if the summer-time vibe – that breezy, buoyant feeling that arises when the days are long and the flowers are blooming and there’s nothing all that important to do – is passing me by this year. For a lot of reasons, I’ve had trouble getting to that place. I anticipated it all […]

tomato basil bruschetta with roasted red peppers and mozzarella

tomato basil bruschetta with roasted red peppers and mozzarella

July 8, 2011

In a few hours, I’ll be off on a 9.3-mile run with 13,000 other crazies cruising through the streets of Utica, N.Y. The Boilermaker 15K road race has become an annual tradition for us. We trek to the middle of New York state every second weekend in July, bask in the humidity that’s bound to […]

a little something something in the backyard

a little something something in the backyard

June 28, 2011

Sometimes there isn’t enough time in the day to do the things I really want to do. You know, like read. I can see you rolling your eyes, but seriously. There’s no time to read. I was winding my way through a bookstore the other day and found a handful of biographies and memoirs that […]

banana bread with peanut butter chips

banana bread with peanut butter chips

June 21, 2011

I’m kind of picky about my bananas. I like them on the green side, starchy but not crunchy, with a thick peel and a semi-sweet taste. Brown spots? Nope. So soft it’s almost oozing? Never. So you can imagine the difficulty I sometimes encounter at the grocery store when someone wants to (god forbid) buy […]

stuffed french toast with strawberries

stuffed french toast with strawberries

June 5, 2011

I’ve been in a bit of food rut for a few weeks. I suppose I could blame the weather or the workload or the PMS. All contributors, that’s for sure, but the truth is that I’ve just had no ambition in the kitchen. I am, instead, longing for deep and dreamy sleep, all through the […]

fresh guacamole

fresh guacamole

May 24, 2011

I’m a late-blooming guacamole lover. I don’t know why I took so long to embrace this avocado-based dip, but now I’m making up for the lost time. I can’t get enough of the stuff. I love the chunky texture. I love the shocking green hue. I love it with torilla chips and a cold beer. […]

oatmeal scotchies

oatmeal scotchies

May 11, 2011

There’s something sacred about peeking into my grandmother’s recipe box. It’s nothing special, really, just a wooden box with a hinged lid and a few scratches. But inside it houses a fascinating history — of the daily meals she fed her family, of  20th century cooking and baking trends, of her uncanny interest in all […]

tomato sauce (plus lasagna)

tomato sauce (plus lasagna)

April 26, 2011

I’ve long been enamored with the idea of making my own tomato sauce, but I only recently got serious about finding a quality recipe. I’m tired of store-bought jars of pasta sauce. It’s quick and easy and cheap, but I always feel a little bit like a cheater when I make an Italian dish with […]

red lentil soup with potatoes and kielbasa

red lentil soup with potatoes and kielbasa

April 17, 2011

Soup’s been on my mind for months, mostly because it always seems to be winter around here. Guess what’s flying around outside my window right now? Snow. Shocking, I know. It makes me want to curl up on the couch and close my eyes and take a long, long nap, long enough that it’ll be […]

red beet chocolate cake

red beet chocolate cake

April 10, 2011

I’m exhausted. But it’s Sunday evening, you say. You’ve had the whole weekend to unwind. Alas, dear reader, I say, I do not sit down on weekends. I sprint. So here we are, finally sitting down. Husband falling sideways into couch cushion, eyes closed, drooling a little bit. Dog curled into a ball, head tucked under […]