Archive for May, 2015

Creamy Roast Beef & Avocado Wrap

29 May, 2015

It is that time of year again, when cooking is the last thing you want to do, and running to the beach and lake and picnic and backyard lulls you into ignoring everything else on your to do list.

Enter wraps. With lots of flavor. They are great for parties, picnics, or just lunch for one out on the deck.

I was thinking these summer thoughts and I remembered a creamy, vinegary roast beef wrap I had 8 years ago. I don’t even know where I got the recipe but it was an actual recipe, and I used to make these …

By The Numbers

23 May, 2015

We are going to a friend’s 40th Birthday party tonight, and my husband and I have our’s right around the corner.

 I’ve been reading some good writers who are *cough* turning 30.  It got me thinking a lot about the last 10 years, mainly because I can barely remember them. Didn’t I just get married? Didn’t I just turn 30 a few months ago?

So I decided to list a few things I learned in the last 10 years, just to help me shake off some of the child-rearing amnesia.

1) You will under appreciate how good you look right now. The thing that really stings is how good 30 looks, which you don’t appreciate because you’re too busy worrying about losing 10 pounds. When you’re 40 you realize you have 20 pounds to lose and a waning metabolism. Just my wrinkle-free skin alone makes me want to sit …

Pork Loin with Apples & Onions + Maple Roasted Veggies

21 May, 2015

This post has such an easy and delicious dinner that I am going to share a few behind the scenes things with you as well.

First, I just want to thank all of you who visit this corner of the Internet. This little blog keeps growing steadily and surely and I have some new collaborations coming this year that I am really excited to share with you. I am also planning to bring back a lot of new ideas when we visit France next month, so stay tuned. French cooking is my first love – here is one of the earliest Read More

Love is Being Inconvenienced

16 May, 2015

                  ^^My husband inconveniences all of us to get out into nature. We are better for it, and he is definitely the most inconvenienced.


It is 2:30 in the morning. My oldest daughter is at the side of my bed, and her nose is bleeding. My husband has been traveling for two days, and I went to bed late because I couldn’t sleep. But I get up, and help her back to bed with tissues.

Our youngest is five months old. We take a trip to Cape Cod to visit my husband’s best friend. On our way there, my husband throws his back out. They feed our kids and handled life while I nurse our baby and my husband nurses his back. I don’t even get to do the dishes.

My neighbor, Rose, has an aneurysm at the gym. The kind that are often fatal. While she …

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

14 May, 2015

If you follow me on Facebook, you know I posted recently about how AMAZING the movie the Hundred Foot Journey was. So many beautiful scenes in France (we are going there this summer – six weeks away!), such heartbreaking family themes, and most of all, such passion about food.

My favorite line: “Food is memories.”

This is so true, and really it is my driving force behind my love of food.

This Strawberry Rhubarb crisp is the perfect example.

Growing up we had rhubarb plants in our back yard, and every spring, my mom would make this dish. Even as it was …

A Weekend at Sugarbush

8 May, 2015

men l m b,l. ‘flnnklkhlukik,hnjngjrjr It’s good to have friends in the right places.

In my case, when your BEST FRIEND from childhood moves to Vermont, and your husband is really passionate about skiing, it is pretty helpful that she moves right next to Sugarbush Ski Resort. Eileen and her husband David are the cutest new newlyweds and expecting their first baby (a boy!) in the fall.



I know, I know your hearts and minds have turned to spring and summer but if you’re thinking about a great place to ski with your fam …

The Simple Life

5 May, 2015

We just got back from traveling during New Hampshire’s vacation week, which ended up being a complete tour of New England: Vermont over the weekend to see my childhood best friend and ski for the last time this year at Sugarbush Ski Mountain, then our condo in North Conway, NH, then to New York City to visit my best friend with my youngest daughter Lucy, then we all went to Connecticut for our dear friend’s parents 50th Wedding Anniversary Party. It sounds like a lot, and it was, but after the winter of isolation it was all very energizing, and we went to bed early and I fit in a few glorious runs which always makes traveling better.

It was such a full week that it surprised me to find that the current of my thoughts was focused on simplicity. Mostly because I finished the book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying-Up by Marie Kondo, which is a meditation on getting …