In the midst of this hustle-bustle, hurry-hurry season, I find myself slowing down. Oh, there is much to do. Posts to write. Presents to choose. Schedules to plan. A tree to be decorated. But I am oddly slow right now, to the point of being stopped. All I’ve really been able to bring myself(…)

Cooking without a net Or, a funny thing happened on the way to quinoa

  I’ve decided that cooking from a recipe is like writing a 5-paragraph essay. You all remember that one from English class, right? It goes kinda like this: Paragraph one: Tell ‘em what your gonna tell ‘em, with your 3 (not 2 or 4 or certainly 5) main points. Paragraph two: Tell ‘em your first(…)

Gluten sucks…

It’s really been the week that wasn’t. I wanted to write about painting wallpaper, and thrift store art (both mentioned here)–but I didn’t. I wanted to show you a really cool fabric store (mentioned here)–but I didn’t. And I wanted to experiment further with home-made tortillas (mentioned here) so I could share some great stuff(…)

Getting kids on board with new food For anyone who's had to make a big change in their diet

Gluten-free is the new way of eating around here, but today’s post is for anyone who’s ever made the choice (or had it forced upon them) to significantly change their diet. Having lived for 40some years on the eat-whatever-the-heck-I-feel-like-eating diet, this is definitely all new territory for me, but some lessons are already emerging. Lesson(…)

Breaking up is hard to do: Grieving the end of my affair with gluten

Apparently, I was wrong. I was wrong when I wrote “I don’t care much about food.” As it turns out, I do. In case you’re wondering why I’m writing about food when in that same post we reserved Fridays for food features (and today’s Wednesday), it’s that this isn’t a post about food.  Not really. It’s(…)

Let’s get real

True confession:  Until I was well into high school, I didn’t know you could make a cake without using a mix from a box. My friend and I were planning to cook a meal for our boyfriends, and looking through a cookbook I discovered recipes for cakes.  That just blew me away–first, that one could(…)