• Girl and the Goat Brussels Sprouts

    Asian Brussels Sprouts Girl and the Goat Style

  • homemade red pepper hummus

    Roasted Red Pepper Hummus: an Easy Protein Packed Snack

  • French Apple Tart

    Tarte Aux Pommes

  • tuna tartare

    Homemade Tuna Tartare

  • Chocolate Mouelleux

    Just a Simple Little French Cake: Moelleux au Chocolat

  • strawberry yogurt cake

    Strawberry Yogurt Cake: Great for Breakfast or Afterschool Snacks

  • Chocolate Pudding

    Milk Chocolate Pudding

Salade Nicoise and a French Picnic Brush with Fame

Salade Nicoise and a French Picnic Brush with Fame

When opportunity knocks, you say yes. No matter what else is going on. Then you juggle things around to make things work. That’s the philosophy I try to embrace, no matter how busy things get. Say yes, worry later. That’s the philosophy that brought me to serve my favorite summer salad, Salade Nicoise, to Black-ishContinue Reading

Oven Roasted Baby Back Ribs: Another Summer Shortcut Recipe

Oven Roasted Baby Back Ribs: Another Summer Shortcut Recipe

Along the same vein as my slow cooker pulled pork recipe, I have an oven roasted baby back ribs recipe for you today. It’s another cheat, a summer bbq recipe that doesn’t use the grill, and that’s easy to incorporate in the unpredictable days of summer when you’re not sure when you’ll next be runningContinue Reading

Caramelized Summer Corn Succotash

Caramelized Summer Corn Succotash

A few summers ago, we hosted my 18 year old french cousin, the daughter of my cousin and thus still my cousin. During her time here, attendance at our public pool saw a steep rise. Reading dog-eared paperback Sartre plays in a beautiful white bikini, she brought the french femme fatale stereotype to life to thisContinue Reading

A Summer Sign

Three days into summer break and I’m deep under water, drowning in the tedium of car pools and whiny complaints of boredom. I’d kept the week clear of camps and activities to leave room for adventure, but doctor’s appointments, playdates, and car pools crept in instead. Next week, all the camps begin and the carContinue Reading

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Barbecue tastes like summer nights, like long slow days next to the grill, checking on the meat, perfuming the neighborhood. I know that’s how the purists do it, but sometimes, that reality just cannot be. During the mad dash that is those last few weeks of school, there is no relaxing by the grill. It’s go, go,Continue Reading

Three Decadent Cookie Recipes

Three Decadent Cookie Recipes

When Bella and Jack were small, Little Bear was their favorite TV show. That bear must have given Jack his wanderlust that now make Steve and I track him down all over town as the sun sets. The show’s draw for Bella must have been Little Bear’s mom and her constant baking. She always hadContinue Reading

Unexpected but Highly Addictive Grilling Favorites

Unexpected but Highly Addictive Grilling Favorites

Every year I swear to myself that I’ll grill all winter. And sure enough, my trips out to worship with Weber decrease as the temperature drops. By the time February rolls around, my grill is covered with a thick casing of ice and I soothe my longing for carbon striped protein by baking Nutella rollContinue Reading

Book Review: The Seamstress by Frances de Pontes Peebles

Book Review: The Seamstress by Frances de Pontes Peebles

What would happen if two sisters were thrust into two very different situations, one married to a wealthy man and living a city socialite life in Recife and the other captured by an cangaceiro outlaw and living in the wilderness? Would they maintain their connection living in different locations, different classes? Take this premise andContinue Reading

Healing through Breathing and Simplification

Healing through Breathing and Simplification

Grief is overwhelming, not only in its emotional toll, but also its physical manifestations. I expected the tears, the void, the sadness, but I didn’t expect the panic, the racing heart, and the sleepless nights. Two things have gotten me through: the communal breath of yoga and simplification. Breathe in deep and exhale it allContinue Reading

Hoisin Rainbow Stir Fry: the 10 Minute Dinner Solution

Hoisin Rainbow Stir Fry: the 10 Minute Dinner Solution

I haven’t been up for a lot of opposition lately. No appetite to force the kids to broaden their palates, expand their horizon, try new foods. The chorus of no’s is just too much. But I tire of the same old tried and true dishes, the creamy bolognese sauce, the oven roasted sweet asian chicken thighs.Continue Reading

One Goal: a Tribute on Ice

One Goal: a Tribute on Ice

Caring for an ailing parent while mothering four children puts you in the middle of a tug of war of responsibilities, a difficult middle place of two identities: mother and daughter. The Middle Place is a term that Kelly Corrigan captured eloquently in her memoir of the same name, a beautiful tribute to her dad,Continue Reading

a Healing Two-Step Chicken Soup

a Healing Two-Step Chicken Soup

Soup heals. Broken hearts. Clogged sinuses. Tired children. Bloated bodies. Whatever the woe, soup heals. A big steaming bowl. A deep spoon. Fortified with a bowl of soup, even the worst day can have a glimmer of hope. For the first few days after my father’s death, I was ravenous. There was something primal, disturbing aboutContinue Reading

Saying Goodbye to a Man Who Demanded the Best

Saying Goodbye to a Man Who Demanded the Best

My father took his last breath Monday, surrounded by his three daughters, his wife, and his step daughter. It was a peaceful breath, one taken in deep sleep, without fear, after a long and very painful double lung transplant recovery. Throughout the day, dozens of people came to say goodbye, to shake his hand, toContinue Reading

The Great Kitchen Reveal

The Great Kitchen Reveal

It’s been almost a year since we first sat down with our architect, Ted Nourie of Eight Cubed Architecture, with vague dreams of a new kitchen space. Tomorrow, the last items on the builder punch list will (hopefully) be complete. There’s still much to do: curtains, furniture changes, pictures to hang… but the bones areContinue Reading

Book Review: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Book Review: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

I’ve been working a lot on my fiction lately, taking a class, slowly building the word count on my science fiction novel, Blister. 18,000 words to date, and many delicious afternoons spent daydreaming and world building. To keep moving towards the finish line, the arbitrary goal of 50,000 words, I’m taking  a novel writing classContinue Reading

Mardi Gras Crepes: a Reluctant Celebration

Mardi Gras Crepes: a Reluctant Celebration

The last few weeks have been huddle tight and lick your wounds kind of weeks, filled with mornings when the urge to linger in bed, with the blankets piled over my head, is overwhelming. My dad has been in and out of the ICU for the last two years after a double lung transplant. His latestContinue Reading