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Every week there’s a night where my deadlines combined with Brian’s work and an avalanche of homework or playdates or projects converge, and we don’t make it to the kitchen. Pizza is the easiest food to procure in a pinch, but we change things up by adding sushi or Mexican food to the mix. Recently, in a moment of rare lucidity, Brian and I discussed how much better it would be if we just planned to eat out once a week, instead of making the same desperate decision each Wednesday night at 6pm. We know there’s going to be a night when things are just too hectic, so why not plan for it and take away some of the stress and guilt involved?
A pizza confession may be an unusual way to begin a post about healthier families, but I think it raises an essential point: no parent is perfect. read more »
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I once saw spring as a season to be suffered through. Sure, I was happy to have something new to eat after all the heavy foods of winter, but the torture of waiting for summer’s cherries and tomatoes was just too much. Last year, though, something changed –– the arrival of spring foods started to feel like an event in and of itself. It seems so appropriate that a season dedicated to new life, growth, and planting should produce so much in the way of earthy, grassy flavors. After all the rich stews and chewy brassicas, I’m in love with bitter greens and bracing flavors. read more »
This weekend, we’re celebrating Brian’s birthday. We’ve grilled, eaten out, seen some bands, and even watched a movie. In sum, it’s awesome. The weather has turned rainy, but it just makes it even more cozy indoors. Guacamole weather it isn’t but even on a rainy day, a couple of beers in cans and a bowl of this stuff will hit the spot. Made with mangos, it walks the line between sweet and salty beautifully with plenty of spice to boot. Get our recipe over on Babble. read more »
Yesterday we had our third March snowstorm. What was predicted to be a dusting, changed to an all day, several inches type of affair. And somehow, blessedly, school was not cancelled. With the house to myself, I spent the morning watching the snow fall and cooking up some spring comfort food (even if the weather begged to differ). read more »
Yesterday I took a long walk on the trail that leads to Monticello. I wanted to take one last hike before the season is gone for good. I may be alone in feeling this way, but I’ve loved this cold, snowy winter.
Of course spring has its charms, too. Brian and I had our first proper cookout of the year last night. It’s been a long week and we didn’t have it in us to make a proper cocktail and so opted for slugs of rye instead. But I’m looking forward to all the spring and summer drinks we have ahead of us, like these negroni, a perfect combination of bitter, sweet, and boozy. Besides a little garden planning, my only warm weather plans are to make the negroni my cocktail of choice. If that sounds like a solid idea to you, head over to Cosmopolitan for our recipe. read more »
I’m prone to think myself an expert on too wide an array of topics. Brian’s similarly afflicted, so in this way, and the fact that we’re both not the dollars and cents types, we’re a bad match. Or at least, he’s not the absolute yin to my yang. One way we both learned we knew much less than we had thought we did was moving to Virginia. In Brooklyn, artisan products and farm-fresh produce (that you buy from the farmer) are available almost any day of the week at one of the city’s Green Markets and also at local specialty shops like the Bedford Cheese Shop or the Meat Hook. Not only that, but because vendors range from Vermont to southern New Jersey, we enjoyed a particular food’s season longer as it stretched up the eastern seaboard. Here in a small city in central Virginia, vendors aren’t exactly flocking, so eating locally has a far more strictly defined meaning. That’s one of the main reasons we were thrilled to have signed up for a CSA. (Have you sent in your check yet?) read more »