Archive for April, 2015

Tomatoes Provencal

29 April, 2015

Julia Child let many gifts to us….

What to do with tomatoes in the off season just might be my favorite.

Tomatoes Provencal is one of those dishes that is greater then the sum of its parts.

Simple herbs, bread crumbs, garlic, olive oil salt and pepper. That’s it!

Bake for 10-15 minutes and then, take a warm buttery crunchy herby garlic bite, with the floral warm softness of the tomato underneath.

I usually make these for a side dish with meat – lamb, steak, ham. The first time I made them was for Easter years ago, but they …

Shadow Boxing

24 April, 2015

Being an adult is strange. Especially because we have to interact with other adults, some of whom are fully baked and developed and well rounded, others who are only partially done developing, arrested and bruised. It is especially daunting when we realize that depending on the day, either one of these is a great description of ourselves.

A linear time line like age isn’t all that helpful of a frame of reference. It would be much easier if we were all wearing T-shirts that gave updates to our state of mind, so that we could know “I’m in the middle of a difficult time with my husband/boss/sister and my heart hurts” or “I was up all night with a teething baby and I am just trying to survive until bedtime.”

But the thing that I am finding increasingly true about growing up is that we are who we are who we are. There is …

Quinoa Bowl With Balsamic Vinaigrette and Roasted Vegetables

21 April, 2015

Have you ever heard of a Buddha Bowl?


There are lots floating around lately in the healthy eating world. This website gives some examples as well as this definition from Urban Dictionary:

buddha bowl (n). a bowl which is packed so full that it has a rounded “belly” appearance on the top much like the belly of a buddha

 I am an 80/20 girl when it comes to healthy eating/indulgence, with delicious flavors a requirement 100% of the time and a weakness for anything French.  But, I love feeling great, so sometimes I need to make a big batch …

Red Lipstick 4ever: A Love Letter to Women

15 April, 2015

To the woman who sat near me at that brunch, with your perfectly coiffed cloud of gray curls, wearing pearls at your throat, bright red lips and a pastel sweater set, I just wanted you to know that I see you.

I see how you are doing womanhood. How you are aging, but you take such good care of yourself, how you are polite and strong but open and warm. You are in command of you, and your life, and you exude happiness, the kind that lets me know it is good to be where you are. And to keep wearing red lipstick.

And to the lady checking out before me at BJ’s, with your denture cleaner and wine and books and oranges, I will come over to your house anytime. Because I like to read and drink wine and eat oranges, too. And I hope I am doing it at every age. I can see by …

What I’m Reading

10 April, 2015

For some reason, I could hardly read this winter. Head + pillow = sleep was the equation of my failure. I blame skiing. And sickness. But here are a few that I managed to read/get more than half-way through (still finishing a few! See post title in the present tense.) Enter spring’s longer days and, surprise! I can stay awake and read. Plus I had those 3 vacation days in Puerto Rico to jump start my brain that’s been frozen in a tundra. (Yes, I am blaming yet another thing on this winter).

I would recommend all of these because I close a book if I can’t get into it. I have no guilt in cutting my losses. So I hope you get to dive into a few of these soon. And I would love to hear any recommendations you all have for the last best book you’ve read. Word of mouth is a book …

Root Vegetable Shepard’s Pie

9 April, 2015

{Alternate Post Title: The dinner everyone will love. Kids. Picky Paleo Husbands. Everyone.}

It’s Spring (technically!) – almost time for asparagus, and fiddle head ferns, and after that tomatoes…but here in New England, there is still this pesky white stuff coming down. All over our yard. So we’re still craving some comfort food.

After I got back from my trip to Puerto Rico (which was every bit as restorative and relaxing as you can imagine. Check out my upcoming post about what I’ve been reading on which was brought to you by my vacation) I wanted to …

Artichoke Gratinata

3 April, 2015


My friends, did you know that there is a way to make an artichoke taste more…

like an artichoke? I mean, to bring out its artichoke essence and let it sit on your tongue, making your taste buds explode with artichoke-ness?

(If you don’t like artichokes you might want to click out.)

I have such a weakness for these strange little vegetables. When there is a dish on a restaurant menu that has even a hint of artichoke in it, that’s pretty much what I am going to order. Almost every time. I love love artichokes. Dip, soup, pasta, straight up. …