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Garlicky Romaine Hearts Salad with Bacon, Walnuts and Blue Cheese

Garlicky Romaine Hearts Salad with Bacon, Walnuts and Blue Cheese

| January 9, 2013 | 7 Comments

Paige’s blondish-brownish hair swung below her knitted cap as she climbed the stairs to her school bus today, heading off to kindergarten. She sunk onto the first seat, sliding to the window and looking out at me with her big brown eyes. Immediately, her little hand rose  and started waving. I did the same, wearing […]

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Sauteed Leeks with Bacon and Lentils

Sauteed Leeks with Bacon and Lentils

| January 5, 2013 | 6 Comments

On New Year’s Day, I wanted to fill our table with as many lucky foods as possible — including the Banana Cornbread and this rich, delicious lentil dish. We could definitely use a little luck as we head into 2013 — it has to be a better year. And so far, it’s been mostly good. […]

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Salmon Cakes En Croute

Salmon Cakes En Croute

| December 10, 2012 | 6 Comments

One summer weekend a few years ago, I lured a few good friends from New York with the promise of a home cooked dinner and some girl time (as well as seeing my two little ones, who they love). During the course of cooking, I asked them to go pluck some herbs from the herb […]

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Roasted Veggies and Rice Noodles with Poached Egg

Roasted Veggies and Rice Noodles with Poached Egg

| December 6, 2012 | 6 Comments

My world right now is dominated by work and schedules and Christmas trees and baking and Christmas pageants and decorating and gift planning (we’ll get to the buying soon, I hope …) and … ‘Tis the season. Between all this push-pull of responsibilities and seasonal traditions and holiday excitement, I am trying to soak in […]

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Mushroom Tomato Flatbread Pizza

Mushroom Tomato Flatbread Pizza

| October 26, 2012 | 7 Comments

I hate talking about the weather. It seems like such a menial thing — like I can’t think of anything else to say. But over the past few days, the weather has been weighing heavily on my mind. I’ve paid a little more attention to forecasts because there’s a storm coming. It’s a big one […]

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Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Avocado

Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Avocado

| October 19, 2012 | 6 Comments

Yesterday I decided it was time for a change of scenery so I headed to the coffee shop to work. Living in a small town that means I am likely to run into at least one person I know. So when I saw one of my daughter’s teachers from last year, I wondered if she’d […]

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The Devil Wears Prada Grilled Cheese

The Devil Wears Prada Grilled Cheese

| September 18, 2012 | 7 Comments

When I fall in love with a movie, I watch it again and again and again, enjoying it more every time. Dirty Dancing, The Wizard of Oz and Annie were among my early favorites. And in more recent years, I have added Under the Tuscan Sun, Sweet Home Alabama and The Devil Wears Prada to […]

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Brie Toast with Truffled Tomato Bruschetta

Brie Toast with Truffled Tomato Bruschetta

| September 4, 2012 | 6 Comments

When my kids returned to school last week, there was a moment where the silence of the house settled around me. Everything was so still. The dogs were sleeping. The kids were gone. And the whole lack-of-noise was unsettling. For that moment at least. After a summer of being surrounded by noise and action, the […]

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Mediterranean Tuna Salad

Mediterranean Tuna Salad

| August 27, 2012 | 4 Comments

Summer might have another month to go, but for us it’s sort of over. School starts this week, and that means a return to early mornings, structured days, packing school lunch and snacks and all that comes along with it. I’m going to miss the more relaxed days of summer … but I am also […]

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Warm Farro with Roasted Artichoke Hearts, Tomatoes and Leeks

Warm Farro with Roasted Artichoke Hearts, Tomatoes and Leeks

| August 19, 2012 | 9 Comments

The art of developing recipes — the imagining, testing, tasting, retesting and writing — is kind of like meditation for me. It’s soothing and familiar. And in developing recipes, I can focus singularly on the dish I am working on. That’s why I love it so. So when I woke up the other day feeling […]

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