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Fruited Quinoa Salad with Summer Squash and Lime

Fruited Quinoa Salad with Summer Squash and Lime

| July 10, 2012 | 2 Comments

When I was a child and a teen, I was always in this great big rush to grow up. Adulthood seemed like a magical gateway to fabulousness, and once I reached there everything would be just perfect automatically. I imagined my dreamy life filled with dinner parties and cocktail hours and late nights. I filled […]

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Cheesy Italian Roast Beef on Garlic Bread

Cheesy Italian Roast Beef on Garlic Bread

| July 5, 2012 | 6 Comments

  Have you been eating outdoors? We often take our lunch down to the beach to enjoy or pile around the backyard picnic table. And picnics? We love those. When I was asked to join the “30 Days of Outdoor Dining” event put on by Land O’Lakes and Kitchen PLAY in July, I said yes […]

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Roasted Tomato, Basil and Chickpea Pasta Salad

Roasted Tomato, Basil and Chickpea Pasta Salad

| June 22, 2012 | 2 Comments

Once upon a time, I used to wonder why farmers markets didn’t open earlier in the year. Here in Connecticut, many don’t open until late June (though there are a few that open earlier), which seemed cruelly late. Why should we have to wait so long to have access to fresh, local fruits and vegetables? […]

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Antipasto Baguette Sandwich

Antipasto Baguette Sandwich

| February 14, 2012 | 5 Comments

For a minute there this morning, as my alarm blared, I couldn’t move. Buried beneath my warm blankets, the sleepiness of sheer exhaustion tried to lure me back to sleep, if only for a few minutes. But the violent, loud bleeping was annoying and today wasn’t a day to give in. I had to wish […]

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Roasted Garlic, Lemon and Walnut Hummus (Eat. Live. Be.)

Roasted Garlic, Lemon and Walnut Hummus (Eat. Live. Be.)

| January 12, 2012 | 10 Comments

Every so often, we’ll be eating dinner at our kitchen table and Will will look up and say “Mommy, you’re a good cooker.” It warms my heart. Most of the time, he loves what I make (of course, there will always be a few duds … and we usually agree on those). A lot of […]

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Lemon Rosemary White Bean Dip

Lemon Rosemary White Bean Dip

| November 14, 2011 | 20 Comments

This dip, made in a mere 10 minutes or less, made me want to kiss Mark Bittman in gratitude. Not in a creepy way, but more in an oh-wow-you-just-saved-my-day way. Let me back up. This morning I roasted a whole cauliflower with garlic and rosemary. It filled the house with this wonderful aroma that left […]

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Rich Chocolate Toffee Brownies

Rich Chocolate Toffee Brownies

| September 26, 2011 | 31 Comments

When I first started freelancing, Will was an infant — one who didn’t cry a lot but who was still vocal. Very vocal. Back then, I freelanced mostly for a local newspaper and my work required me to conduct phone interviews often with Will playing in a baby gym or Exersaucer nearby. Sometimes, I took […]

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Balsamic Pasta Salad

Balsamic Pasta Salad

| June 1, 2011 | 3 Comments

Rhythm. It’s the stuff that our days are made of. It makes things regular and predictable and gives us a sense of calm, even when chaos threatens. Finding a rhythm when something changes always take a little time. When Will started kindergarten in September, it took a couple of weeks back in to find the […]

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Deep, Dark Chocolate Cake in a Jar

Deep, Dark Chocolate Cake in a Jar

| April 28, 2011 | 4 Comments

I am obsessed. Seriously obsessed with desserts in jars. They are just so cute. Oh, and functional too. I mean, you could totally screw a top on a batch of Dark Chocolate Cake in a Jar and take it camping. Or on a picnic. Or to the beach. See? Totally useful and good. After my […]

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Easy Homemade Lemon-Limeade Recipe

Easy Homemade Lemon-Limeade Recipe

| April 27, 2011 | 4 Comments

When Will returned to school on Monday, he wasn’t as excited as usual. “I want it to be summer, Mommy,” he told me. After a week of spring break, the sun finally emerged on Sunday and we had an amazing day filled with egg hunts and family and good food. I totally understand what he’s […]

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