Category Archives: Dinner

Mom’s Roast Chicken, Potatoes and Onions


There are certain things that my mom, Joanne, can do better than anyone. As a friend, she makes you laugh. Makes you smile. Makes you comfortable. As a Nana, she makes her grandchildren feel important. Makes them feel included. Makes them feel loved. As a Mom, she makes us feel safe. Makes us feel calm. Makes us feel whole. Continue Reading


Country Vegetable Soup with Garlic Bread


It’s finally upon us: boot season! Motorcycle boot, cowboy boot, casual boot, dressy boot, high heel, low heel, flat heel – I love them all. Every year, I strive to find at least one perfect pair to take up valuable residential space in my already crammed closet. What can I say? Some women love heels. Continue Reading


Roasted Beet and Goat Cheese Stack


Sometime in the last year… I began to feel old. Not in my mind, but in my body. Bones began to creak. Grays began to peek. A dull arthritic feeling crept into my …. index finger?? This is not entirely a tragedy. Aging gracefully is a good thing. What’s the alternative – a desperate downward Continue Reading


Strawberry Spinach Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing


I am stressing over this post. I want it to be perfect. I’m not sure what’s gotten into me lately. Isn’t the pursuit of perfection the antithesis of everything I stand for? Everything I’ve told you (very sincerely) that I don’t want? It seems that the tailspin of our summer has truly taken a toll on Continue Reading


Beef, Peppers and Potatoes


        I am a homebody. An unapologetic hermit. I would have no problem hanging out in the house all day – padding around, cooking, reading books and watching old movies. Being a shut-in was a part of my life before Daniel. After a long week of commuting into Manhattan, zipping through the Continue Reading


Chicken and Vegetable Patties


When I was a little girl, I loved to cross-stitch with my Grandma. I still remember the simple patterns I would try…an owl, a rabbit, a cloud. It would take me weeks to get through one, my little hands just not living up to my attempt at a big-person skill. My Grandma on the other Continue Reading


BBQ Maple Turkey Sloppy Joes


I have an insatiable curiosity when it comes to completely arbitrary nonsense. If you saw my Google history, you might wonder if I was moonlighting as a writer on Pop-Up Video. “How many legs do ladybugs have?” Answer: six “When was the first baby bottle made?” Answer: 1841 “How many movies has Keanu Reeves starred Continue Reading


Sesame Chicken


It must be tough. You are subjected to all of my over-enthusiastic over-sharing. My gushing and romanticizing. Singing and caroling. Please eye roll at will. I won’t be offended. It’s just – when I love something, someone, or somewhere – I want everyone around me to feel the love too. Likewise with food. When I Continue Reading


Pull-Apart Pepperoni Biscuits


        Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about good mistakes. Not the big screw-ups of life (I try to forget about those). But the small missteps. The mini mess-ups. Washing your hair with body wash. Letting the S-curse accidentally fly (and hearing your parrot-child immediately, gleefully, repeat it). Choosing the wonky-wheeled grocery Continue Reading


Great Garbanzo Burgers


        Sometimes, easy can be boring. As in: “It’s right before dinner and we are tired from our day at the beach. Let’s just stay inside and veg out before it’s time to eat.” Yawn. But sometimes, easy can be awesome. As in: “The sun is still shining at 5 o’clock and Continue Reading