This Weekend in Cooking

This past weekend was the last weekend of the month. That means that we’re pretty much scraping the barrel waiting for pay day (four days away!), so no grocery shopping. This also means it’s the end-of-the-month cooking round-up. I actually quite enjoy this cooking experience. It involves making several recipes in an attempt to use […]

Spring Has Sprung (in the kitchen)

Spring has sprung! Although you wouldn’t know it by the weather this week — rain! Although it is April, and “April showers bring May flowers.” On the menu this week is Spring Shells and Cheese, compliments of the Food Network magazine. This pasta turned out quite good — not too salty, cheesey or oily. A […]

A Weighty Issue

“We are not only what we eat, we are what we feed our children. … Doing right by our kids means doing right by their health – body and soul.” — Peggy Orenstein There’s something about Peggy Orenstein’s essay, The Fat Trap, in The New York Times that resonated with me. In the article, Orenstein […]

Casey Puppin’ Head

You were introduced to my golden buddy, Romeo, in Man’s Best Friend. Now I’d like you to meet the very unique and hilarious Casey. She is my baby; my first born. Casey Puppin’ Head (as I like to call her) is my 5-year-old beagle/American Eskimo dog. She is how I cut my teeth for being […]

Man’s Best Friend

I recently finished reading the amazing book, The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wrobelewski. Never have I read something so well-crafted, so beautifully written, so vivid, and with such an incredible story. It’s the type of book that stays with you for weeks afterwards, and is one of the very few books I would […]

Spring Break: The Lost Treasure of College Years

Today was my first day back at work after having the week off for Spring Break. Thanks to furloughs and the César Chávez holiday, this is the first Spring Break I’ve had since being a college student many years ago. And let me say, it was SO nice to have the time off. What made […]

Chocolate Bunny vs. Matzo: The Spring Dilemma

Many of us have heard of the December Dilemma – the conflicts that arise when interfaith families need to chose how to celebrate Hanukkah and Christmas. But few talk about what I’m calling the Spring Dilemma – Passover and Easter. I hesitate even mentioning them in the same sentence because they are really unrelated. But […]