Monthly Archives: December 2011

Chicken Tagine with Sweet Potatoes and Golden Raisins


I have the greatest job. I’m a Fragrance Evaluator, which means I use my nose all day long. There are endless raw materials found in nature and thousands of chemical notes that are man-made in a lab. My objective is to smell a perfume, instantly recognize the notes and use them to describe the construction Continue Reading


Fettuccine al Pesto Genovese


Alright, alright. So I gained a few pounds over the holidays. I thought I was okay with it. Until I caught a glimpse of my reflection and didn’t immediately know I was looking at myself. I went into damage-control mode: I’m going on a diet tomorrow! No more pasta for me! Sigh. Tonight Daniel and Continue Reading


Granola Bars


I saw the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” today. I had never seen it before. Can you believe that? I loved it. I cried. I didn’t think I would. But doesn’t everyone? During the bank scene at Bailey Bros. Building & Loan, I noticed the sign hanging under the picture of George’s late father. The Continue Reading


Cheeseburger Meatloaf


I’m not sure I can express to you how good this meatloaf is. Let me try. My mother, who doesn’t like anything, loves this meatloaf. My son, who still refuses to pick up his fork willfully, shovels this meatloaf into his mouth. Even my stubborn self, who won’t eat anything that looks like it should Continue Reading


Classic Banana Bread


So, Christmas is almost here. Today I had to remind myself to slow down, take a breath and enjoy the moment. It will be over in a flash and this time next year I will be looking back at pictures, marveling at how small Daniel looks! All the shopping is done, the presents are wrapped Continue Reading


Butternut Squash Risotto


Kids are funny. Especially Daniel – especially when it comes to food. After two years and countless meals, this is what I have come to expect as a rule: whatever I know in my heart he is going to LOVE, he is going to throw on the floor. Whatever I am sure he is going Continue Reading


Beef with Broccoli


It has been a long time since I’ve had Chinese take-out. Although authentic Chinese food is truly delicate – most take-out restaurants offer a vastly different experience: deep-fried and MSG-laden dishes our culture has come to regard as favorites. Instead, I make this amazing Beef with Broccoli in less time than it would take me Continue Reading


Sausage and Peppers


Growing up in an Italian household – there are two things that are pretty much constant: noise and food. You hear a lot of noise and you eat a lot of food. And drama. I forgot the drama. Uncle Sal is on the phone with Aunt Mickey, who’s visiting Fran and Louie…who are fighting with Continue Reading


Rotelle with Cauliflower and Capers


Listen to this…even at a party, I’m thinking about cooking. I went to a very merry Christmas party last weekend. The home was so beautiful and the kitchen was so pristine … I couldn’t believe anyone even used it. It was gleaming to say the least. I wanted to stand in it all night and Continue Reading


Hearty Beef Stew


I’ll make this quick or I’m liable to start crying. But I love this story. So it’s okay. I can’t make beef stew without thinking of my Dad. Last year, he was sick with brain cancer and undergoing intensive chemo and radiation treatment. He was always famished. I would visit him for a week at Continue Reading