November 2020 Newsletter

More Positive Than My Pup It is a bright, warm day in my smallish backyard. The sun is shining, new grass has sprouted, squirrels and birds flit over and between bare tree branches. This is a wonderful place to while away a few hours ā€” especially if you are a five-month-old puppy. There are sticks toContinue reading “November 2020 Newsletter”

More Positive Than My Pup

It is a bright, warm day in my smallish backyard. The sun is shining, new grass has sprouted, squirrels and birds flit over and between bare tree branches. This is a wonderful place to while away a few hours ā€” especially if you are a five-month-old puppy. There are sticks to chew on, a big, fullContinue reading “More Positive Than My Pup”

No-Cheese Queso Dip

I have long been a hummus fan. But a new cookbook is taking hummus’s main ingredient, tahini, and turning it on its head. The Tahini Table has recipes for pesto and sorbet, granola and sheet pan dinners, all with tahini as the star. I sampled several recipes from the book. This is the one IContinue reading “No-Cheese Queso Dip”

Pretty Pumpkin Cheesecake

Perhaps pie is not your jam. Or maybe you’d like to shake up your holiday dessert table a bit. In any case, this pumpkin cheesecake says fall flavors and delicious all swirled into one. I have made it for several Thanksgiving dinners over the years. It never lasts very long. Ingredients For the crust 1Continue reading “Pretty Pumpkin Cheesecake”

The Magic of ‘The Nutcracker’

If the show can go on, a flicker of hope will too When I was a little girl, there were few outings more magical than a trip to see the Nutcracker ballet. My sisters and I dressed in our Sunday best and climbed the narrow staircases of the posh theater. We held our breath whenContinue reading “The Magic of ‘The Nutcracker’”

October 2020 Newsletter

Being Your Best On Thursday nights, my middle child has ballet classes and my youngest heads to soccer. Her dad drives her, staying to watch, and the dog goes along for a walk. Which leaves me completely, deliciously, unbelievably alone for a full hour-and-a-half. It seems crazy that I am so thirsty for this sip ofContinue reading “October 2020 Newsletter”

Broccoli Cheddar Soup

As the nights grow darker and cooler and broccoli shows up again at the farmers market, my family clamors for this comfort dinner. It’s surprisingly quick to come together. Serve it with fresh bread from the oven or a salad on the side and you’ve got your bases covered, deliciously. Makes 4 to 6 servingsContinue reading “Broccoli Cheddar Soup”

Being Your Best

On Thursday nights, my middle child has ballet classes and my youngest heads to soccer. Her dad drives her, staying to watch, and the dog goes along for a walk. Which leaves me completely, deliciously, unbelievably alone for a full hour-and-a-half. It seems crazy that I am so thirsty for this sip of quiet. But IContinue reading “Being Your Best”

September 2020 Newsletter

Grow Where You’re Planted I am interviewing small business owners for a magazine story Iā€™m working on. As I listen, I marvel at how each of them is saying the same words to me when I ask how they decided to keep their doors open in March when state regulations and customer fears and a completelyContinue reading “September 2020 Newsletter”