Irish Soda Bread

My husband’s father is Irish-American and his mother was Italian-American, which means my husband grew up with an appreciation of both cultures, but a table topped with Italian dishes. When our family began our own holiday traditions, celebrating St. Patrick’s Day was among them. But there was no cherished Irish Soda Bread recipe to be handedContinue reading “Irish Soda Bread”

Seeing Stars

There has always been something mysterious about the night sky. Something inscrutable. Ancient. Lost. Staring into its pinpricks of light feels to me like trying to read a scroll of hieroglyphs.  That’s how it feels. But I know it’s not impossible to discover the heavens’ secrets. Plenty of people peer into the inky expanse and see a roadmapContinue reading “Seeing Stars”

January 2021 Newsletter

Seeing Stars There has always been something mysterious about the night sky. Something inscrutable. Ancient. Lost. Staring into its pinpricks of light feels to me like trying to read a scroll of hieroglyphs.  That’s how it feels. But I know it’s not impossible to discover the heavens’ secrets. Plenty of people peer into the inky expanse and seeContinue reading “January 2021 Newsletter”

December 2020 Newsletter

Reading Books Is Our Super Power I was a confused and awkward middle schooler (weren’t we all?), who struggled to make friends and to understand the world outside my tiny experience of it. I was always saying the wrong words, doing the wrong things, ending up in places I didn’t want to be. Where I feltContinue reading “December 2020 Newsletter”

Cranberry Orange Sauce

I made my first-ever cranberry sauce a few Thanksgivings ago. I have to admit, I was pretty smitten. These days, it’s not hard to find whole, fresh cranberries at many stores. But if fresh aren’t available, frozen whole cranberries will work too. I have tinkered endlessly with this recipe, trying to find the perfect balanceContinue reading “Cranberry Orange Sauce”

Sugar-Coated Pecans

Add these to a salad or scatter them alongside the pickles and crackers on your cheese board or set them out before you serve your meal as an irresistible snack. In any case, they’ll bring a little fancy, a little salty, a little sweet to your table. The secret is starting with top-quality nuts. AndContinue reading “Sugar-Coated Pecans”

Italian Wedding Soup

I can’t lie. It’s been pretty dreary in my world over the past few weeks. Between the rain and the cold and the dark, I really need my hearty soups to keep me from curling up in bed and pulling the covers over my head. This soup is a satisfying meal on its own, butContinue reading “Italian Wedding Soup”

Crispy Curry Fish

We are trying to eat more fish these days — for those good Omega-3s and to shake up the humdrum that can set in at the table. This recipe is tasty and doable and may stretch your palate — in a good way. The curry means it pairs nicely with a pot of rice, aContinue reading “Crispy Curry Fish”

Spinach-Rice-Feta Bake

I am always on the hunt for healthy dishes than can be prepared ahead. This easy-to-make mix of spinach, brown rice, eggs and feta fits the bill — and tastes delicious. Serve as a side with fish, chicken or pork, or increase the portion size and make this your meal’s centerpiece, served with a sliceContinue reading “Spinach-Rice-Feta Bake”

Huevos Rancheros

This feels less like a recipe and more like a set of assembly instructions, but it does feel helpful to have a guide as I meal plan or rally myself to get dinner on the table on a busy weeknight. So here goes. My best instructions for how to make this simple, nutritious meal aContinue reading “Huevos Rancheros”