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Air-Fried Tofu & Shiitakes + an Exercise Routine

Coming out of this pandemic, I wouldn’t want to be friends with the woman I’ve become. My new best bud, for example, is a squirrel named Rachel who stops by daily for granola. Our relationship is grounding. She understands me, gets me more than my pre-apocalypse friends. In my uniform of near-blacks and grays, my swishing bushy ponytail and … Full recipe post »

Thanksgiving Corona-Style

So here come the holidays. Heaven help us. As the pandemic rips across the planet, this will be a tradition-bashing year. I’ve friends who are delighted with the excuse not to have to drive six hours to eat an overcooked turkey and canned green bean casserole. I know others who, come hell or high water, are … Full recipe post »

Lake Michigan Fish Fry

Covid-fatigue. Election fatigue.  Looky, looky––the country’s in free-fall! I’m sick of reading about it–the words I type, are embarrassed to add to the cacophony. To stay mentally well, we need to create our own distractions. Stop the noise, right? So pour me another glass of wine. You say the bottle’s empty? Open another while you’re up from the couch. Flash to tomorrow–searing hangover. Wasn’t … Full recipe post »

Instant Pot Classic Marinara and Her Distant Cousins (a no-recipe recipe)

My kids gave me an Instant Pot for Mother’s Day. Both passionate cooks, they told me they couldn’t imagine life without the contraption. But, to be honest, I rolled my eyes when opening the box—the last thing I need is another kitchen gadget cluttering my counters. That’s until I spied a yogurt button on the panel. I can make … Full recipe post »

Potato Salad, My Way.

I believe in choice, my choice of potato salad being no exception. This choice is gut-driven and deeply personal. My grandmother made a simple potato salad that accompanied her fried chicken and hickory nut cake to our family reunions in Selma. She made that same salad when a tragedy befell a friend, the bowl of love left quietly on their porch. My mother made the same salad that … Full recipe post »

A Smiling Bull And Other Silver Lining Observations

Crisis fatigue. Yep. It’s a thing. Especially this year as we’re unilaterally being overwhelmed by consistent and unrelenting pressures brought on by pandemic fallout and civil unrest. And then there are the normal life stressors to add to the mix, varying widely in degree from household to household.  Our hearts are heavy and tired. It’s challenging … Full recipe post »

How Mushrooms Are Keeping Me From Scratching Through The Walls

The other night I watched Louis Schwartzberg’s “Fantastic Fungi” and then dreamed I was living in a dense, surreal, Disneyish forest of mushrooms. Yep. Covid quarantine may be getting to me, but after that movie, I’ll never look at a mushroom––or tree, for that matter––in the same light. Fascinating, educational and absolutely entertaining, the movie described the complex mycelium earthscape beneath our … Full recipe post »

A Cardinal, Talisman and Spring.

Yesterday, while sipping tea and staring out my window, I was transfixed, mesmerized by a cardinal. Perched at a feeder, I’ve come to view this red-feathered guy as a pet of ours, of sorts. For the past couple of years, he and his partner have made a home in our backyard pine tree.  Hubby and I are bird … Full recipe post »

Those Marvelous Italians!

Life as I knew it changed over the weekend; last week, for me, is a fading dream. There’s a lot of noise, calamity and misinformation out there, but the smartest voices are saying the very same thing: STAY HOME. I saw a funny meme that put it best: If our parents and grandparents could go … Full recipe post »

Chikhirta: Georgian Chicken Soup

Although Michigan has been experiencing unseasonably warm temperatures of late, it seems like a good time to make soup. The panic buying felt by the coronavirus maelstrom is like nothing I’ve ever witnessed. I’ve lived through the fallout of epidemics, famines and the scourge of the HIV virus, but the flames were never continuously fanned by instant media–non-stop overload.  I jump each time my phone pings! I’ve bumped … Full recipe post »

One Thousand and One Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries…

…that’s how many treats I’d need to make if I were to gift every person who helped bring this book to light a strawberry. Or chocolate truffle, if preferred. Today I’m launching THE RUBY OF THE SEA. It took an army of professionals and friends to lend perspective and authenticity to Linnea, Delphina and Ivy’s story. I most certainly looked more … Full recipe post »

Goodreads Giveaway

I was interrupted while concocting a pot of Polish Penicillin (aka Scratch-Made Chicken Soup with Fennel and Dill) to be advised that Goodreads just listed a PRE-LAUNCH GIVEAWAY for THE RUBY OF THE SEA. For the next 30 days (until the book is published), you and any of your family and friends may enter to win one of 100 digital books. … Full recipe post »

Peas and Prosperity for the New Year!

Wishing you all a potful of good health, prosperity and happiness in the New Year! Family tradition insists I hedge the monetary odds by eating a dish of Hoppin’ John, a black-eyed pea dish typically served in the American South on New Year’s Day. (Mama told me her mama said it’s a holdout from the depression … Full recipe post »

Good Gnocchi Caring!

I’m blessed to have a friend who has always seen a better version of me than I see in myself. It’s said that we are the mistresses of our misery, and through the years, I’ve tried to live up to the standards of the woman she thinks I am, usually missing the mark.  This special friend, however, has always helped … Full recipe post »

Musings on Twice-Baked Potatoes, Books, and Restorative Acts of Kindness

Saturday night I was part of a band of merry revelers who joined forces to throw our friend a potluck birthday party. I was charged with making the birthday girl’s favorite side, Twice-Stuffed Potatoes––a classic. This path of aging has its drawbacks but it carries with it a suitcase filled with wisdom. I’m at a stage where life is about surrounding myself with people I … Full recipe post »