This weekend I had a lesson about the things food cannot do. Sometimes, no matter how many pancakes, or sweet apples, or pieces of homemade fried chicken and coconut pie there are, things are going to go off the rails. Tired and cranky can trump even the crispiest breading, even the flakiest dough. Sometimes, kids are gonna be kids and there’s nothing you can do about it. read more »
I had a startling experience at Alt Summit when I joined the Go Mighty Life List workshop on the last day. I went in wanting to support my friends but feeling like a total pro; after all, I’d already spent a weekend last fall contemplating my happiness and goals. But, as I stared at the blank screen on my tablet and prepared to write a list of things I wanted to accomplish, things that would make me happy, I realized how far away I’d gotten from many of the things that were important to me, and how much time I’m giving to things that don’t matter to me. read more »
Every January, the endless drear of New York City in winter gets to me and I tell Brian I want to move to the country to raise chickens. Afterwards, I usually wander into the kitchen and cook something elaborate like a tart or homemade pasta or a chicken pot pie, and then my yearning for greener surroundings abates and I feel better.
But as this too warm January progresses, there’s a difference. read more »
I had plans for this fall, grand plans. And then, life did what it does. More specifically, a toddler did what she does. A toddler who toddles everywhere and is in to absolutely everything, especially anything particularly dangerous, and likes to dump her milk and throw food on the floor, and we can barely wash the dishes once a day, let alone do big, important, perfect things. Last night, still attempting to put something decent together for dinner I had two sweet potatoes roasting (totally good), leftover beans (also good), one tortilla (not so good), and a half a sandwich (decidedly soggy). Brian talked some sense into me and we went for takeout, and beer. It’s been that kind of a fall. read more »
Our last CSA share of the year featured a bunch of Redbor kale. I loved its deep purple and green hues and stashed it for a weekday salad–my favorite use for kale. A few days later, I roasted a butternut squash (one of seven to pass through my kitchen in the past month), and supremed an orange to go with it. read more »