• Girl and the Goat Brussels Sprouts

    Asian Brussels Sprouts Girl and the Goat Style

  • homemade red pepper hummus

    Roasted Red Pepper Hummus: an Easy Spontaneous Summer 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

Carrot Souffle: a Family Favorite Worth Sharing

Carrot Souffle: a Family Favorite Worth Sharing

Vegetable side dishes are rarely the star of the show, but my carrot souffle is the exception. This sweet and fluffy casserole is like eating dessert with dinner. If I didn’t make it for Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Passover, there might be a riot involving both kids and adults at the table. Like all great recipes,Continue Reading

Cattle from Farm to Table: a Texas Cattle Experience

Cattle from Farm to Table: a Texas Cattle Experience

Last week, I headed to Texas as a guest of the Beef Checkoff to learn about cattle ranching. I went to witness where our food comes from, to learn about how agriculture is changing, and to banish the fear in my purchasing decisions. Fear and guilt should have no place at the table at mealContinue Reading

Summertime Lunches: La Brea Bakery #BreakingBread Tour

Summertime Lunches: La Brea Bakery #BreakingBread Tour

When the school year begins, school lunches are always a hot topic. Healthy school lunches. Fun school lunches. Easy school lunches. From bento boxes to regular paper bags, at back to school time everyone is looking for new ideas. But in many ways, the school lunch is infinitely easier than the summer lunch. On summerContinue Reading

Red Pepper Hummus: Easy Spontaneous Summer Appetizer

Red Pepper Hummus: Easy Spontaneous Summer Appetizer

The end of the school year is always a hectic time for us, filled with baseball playoffs, end of year parties, and summer sports kickoffs. After a busy week, there’s nothing I like better than collapsing on a patio chair with a thrown together appetizer and a glass of sparkling prosecco. This red pepper hummus comesContinue Reading

Ready Player One – a Sci Fi Novel Everyone Should Read

Ready Player One – a Sci Fi Novel Everyone Should Read

Sci-Fi is a niche genre, one that you either love or hate. Some titles, like Harry Potter and (arguably) Twilight, transcend the genre and become must reads for the masses. I usually limit my sci fi book raves to those I know love the genre. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline is so engrossing and creative thatContinue Reading

How to Make Simple and Exciting Cheese Plates

How to Make Simple and Exciting Cheese Plates

When I’m standing at the cheese counter, I get pretty excited. I’ve been that way since I was a little kid, living on the Ile St Louis in Paris. My mom and I would go from store to store, buying all the ingredients for that night’s dinner, and the visit to the fromagier was the stop I lookedContinue Reading

Hamilton Beach Stand Mixer Giveaway

I promised you another Hamilton Beach giveaway, for a 6-Speed Stand Mixer, and I’m here to deliver, delayed a few days by a very hectic weekend. The Hamilton Beach 6-Speed Stand Mixer would be a great addition to a start up kitchen cooking small batches. It retails for $129.99. a Rafflecopter giveaway UPDATE – CongratsContinue Reading

Chocolate Meringue Cookies and a Hamilton Beach Giveaway

Chocolate Meringue Cookies and a Hamilton Beach Giveaway

Some kitchen appliances get no glory. In my case, the least appreciated appliance in my kitchen closet is my hand mixer. Until recently, mine dated back to my college days. To put things into perspective and make a painful confession, next spring will be my 20 year reunion. High time for a hand mixer upgrade.Continue Reading

Le Pain Quotidien Hits Chicago #LPQCHI

Le Pain Quotidien Hits Chicago #LPQCHI

One of my favorite casual places to go to brunch when I lived in New York City was Le Pain Quotidien. I’d spend hours at their rustic farm tables, dipping butter tartines in steaming bowls of cafe au lait and perfectly cooked soft boiled eggs. A morning at Le Pain Quotidien on Columbus Avenue would transport me backContinue Reading

The Bottle Fairy

The Bottle Fairy

My littlest may only be two and a half, but she has no doubt about her place in the world. She is the center of our family, adored by her big siblings, our undisputed princess, and she recently set our pediatrician straight when she dared to question Sophie’s world order. “Sophie,” said the doctor, “you’re aContinue Reading

Apple Ginger Chutney: Spontaneous Cooking at Its Best

Apple Ginger Chutney: Spontaneous Cooking at Its Best

Chutney is one of those side dishes that can radically transform your meal. A little goes a long way to take your dinner to a whole new level. Grab a couple of ingredients lying around the back of your fridge to make a small batch on Monday, and you’ll be kicking your dinners up toContinue Reading

The Starboard Sea by Amber Dermont

The Starboard Sea by Amber Dermont

As a graduate of a New England boarding school, I was very curious to read the Starboard Sea by Ambert Dermont. This was Dermont’s debut novel. I have a special appetite for boarding school coming of age novels, from a Separate Peace to Prep. I’m hungry to see how the author chooses to depict boarding schoolContinue Reading

So Lucky – Lessons from a Car Crash

So Lucky – Lessons from a Car Crash

The driver pulled out without paying attention, smacking into my boys in their candy red mini. Smacking them so hard that they spun around and plowed into a parked car. Time slows down in an accident. Steve saw him coming, knew the crash was about to happen, but had no time to do anything butContinue Reading

Homemade Bread Machine Pretzel Rolls

Homemade Bread Machine Pretzel Rolls

What are the little items you splurge on at Whole Foods or Trader Joes? The things you throw in your cart that you absolutely didn’t need? For us, it’s soft pretzel rolls. If my kids spot their beautiful dark brown crust, forget it. The rolls have to come home with us. There’s something about the salty sweetContinue Reading

Styling Tips for Moms: an Afternoon with Suze Solari

Styling Tips for Moms: an Afternoon with Suze Solari

Suze Solari is a personal stylist and the co-author of the newly published book, The T-Shirts and Jeans Handbook: Stylish Upgrades for your Daily Uniform. She recently came over to my house with her co-author, Michele Bua, for a styling session and interview. How often do you run out of the house in your workout clothes?Continue Reading

The Terror of Summer

The Terror of Summer

My yard is more mud than riot of color, but it’s trying. My valiant magnolia has exploded into its yearly pink fireworks, encouraging the rest of the garden to follow suit. The azalea joined in this morning with a few fluttering purple petals. Soon the lilacs and the forsythia will follow suit and spring willContinue Reading

the Nespresso Vertuoline Coffee Machine: a Review

the Nespresso Vertuoline Coffee Machine: a Review

Ever since Nespresso launched the Vertuoline, their new line of machines that makes both coffee and espresso, I’d been dying to try one out. This week I received a unit to review and put it through its paces. Since becoming a Nespresso ambassador earlier last year, I’ve served espressos and cappucinos to many guests inContinue Reading

Maple Glazed Salmon with Balsamic Macerated Strawberries

Maple Glazed Salmon with Balsamic Macerated Strawberries

As soon as the last snow melted, baseball/softball season began, and with two kids on teams, our weeknights are jam packed with games and practices. To eat a homemade dinner as a family, I have to plan way ahead of time and put my crock pot on overdrive. On gorgeous spring days, I don’t want slowContinue Reading

the Fault in our Stars – a Modern Day Romance

the Fault in our Stars – a Modern Day Romance

I’ll talk to anyone about books. No perfect stranger at the dentist’s office is safe from my enthusiastic recommendation of the page turner currently keeping me up at night. My 12 year old daughter is a different story. She loves books as much as I do, but is happiest keeping her opinions to herself. WhenContinue Reading