homemade ketchup? yes, please.

I hate to admit this, but my seven-year-old has recently entered the stage of all foods must be dipped in ketchup in order for me to eat this. I pick my battles, so I go with it, the only problem was when we ran out of ketchup… this was an emergency situation! I did a…

not your grandmother’s rice pudding

You either love rice pudding or you hate it. I L-O-V-E it, and my grandmother’s recipe was actually pretty darn good. It’s so simple to make, and really may be my most favorite food. I loved when my Gram would make it for me when I was a little girl, it was her favorite too…

I dream of donuts

Here are somethings you need to know about me: I love donuts, and recently I fulfilled two dreams in one shot… For twenty years (eep!) I had dreams of visiting Seattle and I’ve been dreaming of the donut shop mecca Top Pot Donuts since I first saw it on a TV travel show. In February, I lived my dream and…

take-out at home: fried rice

I was never really a fan of the typical Chinese take-out fried rice. But this is now one of my go-to recipes when I want something fast and yummy. Believe me, I love the ease of take-out, now and then. But sometimes, making your take-out faves from scratch is as easy as picking up the…

pancakes, syrup and snowdays

Ok, so I’ve always really loved McDonald’s Flapjacks… at least I did as a kid. It’s been decades since I’ve enjoyed anything from McDonald’s, but I vividly remember eating and enjoying the McD’s pancakes and begging my mother to replicate their succulent flapjack-ness at home. We always made the fluffy Bisquick type of pancakes, which are…

soup-er bowl sunday

One thing I really can’t get enough of in the winter is soup! There’s nothing like cozying up to hot bowl of soup with a good book, while the snow is falling. Easy for lunch, simple for dinner… I love soup! But soup from a can just doesn’t do it for me anymore now that I…

avocado, meet chocolate

I am borderline obsessed with avocados. They look so pretty and taste delicious! Since today is snowy and cold– school was already canceled by 7pm last night– I decided we would pass the time by playing in the kitchen! And because of my avocado obsession, I had a few on hand that we could whip…

a feast for the eyes

Been busy with a few different projects lately, sorry for the radio silence. One of my latest projects is guest (photo) blogging for a local food magazine Edible South Shore. You can check out my first post (and recipe for pesto) here!

six cherry tomatoes

A number of people (internet and otherwise) have been mentioning what a transition month August really is. It doesn’t quite hold the sparkle or potential of Summer (with a capital S) the way July does. Our attentions have turned to going back to our ordinary, non-summer lives.  But there is a certain charm to August,…

all around the mulberry bush

Until a few days ago, I was unsure of what these berries, that turn from a dazzling red to a deep purple this time of year, were called. I could remember spying them up in the branches and nibbling on one or two, as kid. What a giddy kind of thrill it was for the…

anniversaries

It’s taken me a full year to write this post, but today my mom would have been 71. Seventy-one. All morning I felt as if I’ve forgotten something. ‘Isn’t it so-and-so’s birthday today?’ I thought earlier, even checking my birthday alerts on The Facebook. oh, right. Like I said, I really wanted to somehow celebrate, or make…

celebrity sighting

I just had an incredible weekend interning with the flash forward festival in Boston! Imagine four days dedicated to exposing emerging photographers to the world… amazing, right? It’s been a long time since I’d been around that much creative energy, and it was exactly what I needed to get myself inspired and excited  again. It…