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While the Rest of the World was Sleeping

Once a week a girlfriend, Cxx, and I go for a walk.  We live in the same neighborhood and we both have children the same age (both of us being late-bloomers).  We both love ice-cream, are in a love-hate relationship with our bodies and struggle daily with the balance between work and family.  And we…

The Scent of Fall

The house is filled with the scent of burbling beef stew (my personal favorite is Ina Garten’s Beef Bourguignon) and roasting squash.   Outside, the day is crisp and cold and our breath hangs in the air for just a minute before wisping away.  The freshness of the morning gives way to the musk of…

Patience

They tell me that with patience comes rewards.  Be they to your spirit, your treasure or your community.  Or to your garden.  However, I don’t tend to be the patient sort.  When I work I want to see progress made.  If it’s not immediate then I would like it to be at least incremental.  At the…

A Ray of Sunshine

My daughter got in the car the other day and announced, “It smells like summer.”  The day had been one of those extraordinary early spring days where everything is warm and feels of promise.  The car had that earthy warm smell that comes from sitting in the sun after transporting two active children.  Perhaps it…

Anticipation

My son started developing his Christmas list in July.  Now, I realize to some, this might sound like a greedy enterprise.  However, for my six year old boy, the Christmas list becomes a fine-tuned art.  It might seem a stretch, but drafting the list is viewed as an opportunity to practice hand-writing and spelling, two…

Week 52 – Caesar Salad

Here it is, the fifty-second and final salad of my ‘Year of Salads.’ There were a couple times when I wasn’t sure if I could prepare yet another, different, seasonal salad.  There were a couple weekly narratives that didn’t simply roll off the tongue.  But I did it and I am so glad I did.  There…

Week 51 – Roasted Broccoli Salad

Caramelly sweetness.  Slight crunchiness.  Addictively delicious.  Are you thinking of a holiday treat?  Well, now I am.  But when I started this narrative I was thinking about roasted vegetables.  I love most vegetables (except beets!) in their raw or pure state.  Depending on the variety, I also enjoy them grilled or mashed or sautéed.  But…

Week 50 – Pomegranate Salad with Warm Goat Cheese

One of the objectives of a long-term goal is to try things you’ve never tried before… to stretch your limits and master something new.  As I near the end of my ‘Year of Salad’ I am proud that I have met my own personal challenge.  Rather than continually serving the same basic green salad with store-bought…

Week 49 – Kale Salad

I am starting to make my list and check it twice.  My husband’s family is about to descend upon us for the Christmas festivities.  And since my family lives here in town, it means that Christmas dinner will be a lively, festive, crowded affair with many different food preferences and preferred Christmas traditions.  There are…

Week 48 – Sweet Potato with Chipotle/Cranberry Dressing

Even though sweet potato season means the end to fresh tomato season… I always look forward to the time of year when I can begin enjoying the delicious root vegetable in all its fabulous forms. Boiled and mashed with a dash of orange juice, roasted with a sprinkling of olive oil and salt, or sautéed…