giving thanks

The house had the aroma of Thanksgiving. Turkey stock, with parsley and peppercorns, and onions and garlic. Gravy bubbled in a saucepan. I cooked twenty turkey cutlets, insted of a whole bird, with shallots and two big bags of baby carrots with butter, thyme, and honey. I cut loaves of bread into cubes and toasted them. They absorbed … Continue reading

stormy weather

Sandy beaches. Family vacations and walks on the boardwalk with dripping ice cream cones on a sizzling, summer afternoon. Now, the words “Sandy” and “beaches” appear in headlines telling the  story of the storm that blasted up the East Coast destroying the shoreline, ripping apart seaside boardwalks, and swallowing entire neighborhoods in its path. We … Continue reading

how does your kitchen grow?

“Oh please. You’ll be in the fast food drive-through before you know it!” That’s what I heard from another parent when I pulled a whole wheat pita, with melted Monterey Jack cheese, from my brown paper bag and handed it to my son when he was a toddler. This parent knew she was talking to … Continue reading