Vegetarian Thanksgiving: The Omnivore's Appeal

I have been vegetarian for broke, no income college student reasons but also because meat is not high on my must haves list. Truthfully, I am perfectly satisfied with a rotating menu that includes vegetables, breads, mollusks, fish, fruit and liver. The rest of meat I can do without. When …

Perfumed Crystals: Going Beyond Plain Sugar

There is nothing more simple than making flavored sugar and it adds a wonderful dimension to baked goods or sprinkled over just the right thing. My pantry has vanilla sugar in a big bin, which ends up being the sugar I use for almost all my sweet baking.  Any time …

Zen Lessons on the CSA Farm

This week we’re picking blueberries and sugar snaps.  It is hotter than hot, but somehow it’s almost always just a little bit cooler on the farm.  After a week of city heat, and sloth with everyone’s nerves growing together like tangled weeds it feels good to leave the kids on …

Boston Brunchers: Farm Brunch in the City

The Boston Brunchers have been on my radar for a while now.  As a freelance writer, who writes primarily about food, I follow a lot of local bloggers and am a member of various blogging groups and receive regular updates from freelance writing groups as well.  I am also, by …

The Blue Bistro – (mom's read)

I love to read and I’m picky about what I read, but I’m not a literary snob.  Since time is short and my day full of heated debates about why I only packed granola bars, raspberries, tortilla chips, peanut butter and banana sandwiches and carrot sticks as the option for …

This is so yummy!

Last night I made a roasted chicken (http://www.onceuponachef.com/2011/01/the-family-dinner.html).  I’ve made roasted chicken before not very often but often enough.  When Dan said, “This is so yummy!” and I replied “Thanks, I got it on Pinterest.”  It just sounded so strange. I’ve been searching for recipes from my Bon Appetit and Gourmet …

On Ramping, Off Ramping: Just give me ramps

As a parent of school-aged children and a stay at home parent (occasional work at home parent), I have seen this little word that buzzes by me periodically “on-ramping”.  I love to write and I have a close relationship with my OED and Roget‘s but I am not a huge …

Treat with Benefits: Nutella

My first introduction to Nutella was when I was in elementary school in Canada.  We had friends who were from Paraguay and one of their kids was in my brothers class.  I don’t know how it came up, but my brother said that chocolate was a good lunch.  My mom …