Archive for December, 2014

The Well

31 December, 2014

I went for a run in the cold last night, at dusk. It was amazing – houses framed by Christmas lights, a silent herd of deer, twilight sky with lavender clouds. And I came home with about ten things I wanted to write about. I don’t run to be thin. I run because every time I do, I come home with plenty to write about.

Writing is a lot like turning on faucet, or opening an aqueduct. Before you open it, you feel a pressure of water building in an unseen well that is always there. And for some reason, running is like priming the pump. It always makes the waters flow.

I recently learned there are studies that show that very rhythmic actions in the body help unlock creativity. Before I knew that, I just knew that writing and running in tandem really helped me. I could plot …

Mini Christmas Frittatas

22 December, 2014

I don’t know about you, but the kitchen is the last place I want to be on Christmas morning. That’s why I love these mini fritattas – they take less then 15 minutes to whip together, and 10 minutes to bake. Plus, for some reason my kids all loved these, which is more then I can say for egg casserole or quiche – both of which I happen to love and are great holiday make ahead ideas but the kids don’t love them.

I think ham, egg and cheese might just be my favorite combo on the planet (asides from fried pickles dipped …

Give Away Winner & Best App Ever: Cheese Puffs

18 December, 2014

And the winner of the Ina Garten Make It Ahead Cookbook is………..

Abbey DeRocker!! Congratulations, lady!!  (I put all the names in there and he picked one FYI).

And I am busy making lots of things for the holidays, but I just wanted to repost the most amazing holiday appetizer EVER. 

Cheese Puffs.

I wrote about it last Thanksgiving and it is a very bad photo but we are cooking up a new batch for Christmas Eve and I can’t wait. So I am going to go make like an Elf …

A Gift for You & Gifts for The Kitchen

9 December, 2014

Pssst…If you want to skip reading and just go to a giveaway, scroll to the bottom!

I am almost done Christmas Shopping, thanks to Amazon Prime. (My Christmas cards are another story, however. Super behind on those.) I told my husband he could just wrap up a few of these presents I picked out and put them under the tree because I love all of these so much. Or in the case of # 6 & #7, I just couldn’t wait and am enjoying these while I wrap presents! Besides, he got me a hammock a few years ago, and …

Bo Ssam

5 December, 2014


The week before Thanksgiving, my husband’s best friend stayed with us since he was attending a conference at University of New Hampshire around the corner.

Matt and his wife, Heather, are scientists, foodies, parents to two adorable girls, disgustingly disciplined in working out, and the best quality you can ask for in a friend: Giant Hearted. Matt always has food stories that he tells very casually and then you taste what he’s talking about and your mind is blown (like that time he told us how he liked to grill chicken legs that were coated in salt, sugar and Tumeric and …