School lunch system


Confession: If there is one thing that tries my soul, it is thinking of enough ideas for my children’s packed lunches during the school year. Ideally, I would move toward turning that responsibility over to them. But it has been hard for me to figure out how to do so while a) monitoring what they pack, b) getting […]

September 28, 2017

Our favorite pizza


Confession: We always have pizza on Saturday nights, unless we are away from home. It’s a tradition I grew up with in my family, and now my children count on it. The soft and delicious crust is a recipe passed down to me by my mom. Pizza Dough 1 scant Tbsp. yeast 1 Tbsp. sugar […]

September 2, 2017

In praise of the soybean

Food, Growing stuff

My dad grew edamame before it was cool. We called it by another name back then. In the garden he claimed from a Minnesota meadow, he planted rows of soybeans, poor man’s food he remembered from his boyhood. When the plants died in the late summer, he uprooted them by the dozen and laid them […]

January 4, 2017

Seafood chowder


There’s a soup I must introduce you to, for tasting on these nippy nights. I invented it last fall, when I was hungry for a fish chowder, but it took me a whole year to make it again because my husband (who in all other ways has impeccable taste, of course) was not crazy over […]

November 16, 2016

Pumpkin-Spice-Latte Trifle


Confession: This is the time of year when I can’t help grabbing my camera and capturing the last bits of color outdoors. They fill my mind with light. (Hold on, hold on. I’ll get to the food in a minute.) I found a spot of loveliness in my kitchen too… a sensory delight, and not for […]

November 11, 2015

How to bake a Noah’s Ark cake


When I was in my upper teens, my dad and I attended a Father-Daughter Banquet together. One of the after dinner activities was a paper for the dads to fill out, starting with In ten to twenty years, my daughter will be… Most of the predictions were a variation of I hope she will be serving the […]

October 21, 2015