28 September 2016

Monday morning and we are waking up on air mattresses in our new Midwest apartment. We’ve beaten the moving truck to our destination by days. Without a dresser to pull a fresh pair of underwear out of, or a kitchen table, or a couch for the kids to lean against while eating their cereal in… Continue reading 28 September 2016

27 September 2016

I am standing in my grandmother’s kitchen when I tell her the news. The husband has accepted a job offer in Wisconsin and will be leaving next month, just before Thanksgiving. I will stay behind for the next six months, so that the boys can finish the school year and so that I can sell… Continue reading 27 September 2016

26 September 2016

We left New Jersey on a Friday that June and drove for three days, taking lots of breaks at rest areas where the kids (Auggie had just turned 9, Fritz was 5 and Harriet 3), the husband, and I could throw a football around, make ourselves salami sandwiches and spread peanut butter and jelly on… Continue reading 26 September 2016

25 September 2016

The night she died a mudslide of grief began to wipe out whole systems in my body one by one, shutting down my power. I was struggling to breathe whatever air was left for me, as I stood next to my grandmother’s bed, holding her cool hand, her nails meticulously polished in red just last week… Continue reading 25 September 2016

Rosé, you make me blush

Summer for me means time on our deck, looking out over the vegetable garden, the flower bed and the lawn, green, but for the brown divots leading up to our kids’ soccer net. This holiday weekend, I plan on spending an evening or two leaning back in my chair, watching the bats dive for mosquitoes in… Continue reading Rosé, you make me blush

Apricot Pie and Ruth Reichl

Dear Friends, Last June I interviewed writer, chef, cookbook author, past restaurant critic for The New York Times, and past editor-in-chief of the sorely missed Gourmet magazine, Ruth Reichl (http://www.channel3000.com/madison-magazine/dining-drink/meeting-ruth-reichl/33385840). I believe I promised to only take 40 minutes of her time. At the end of those agreed upon minutes, she offered to continue our… Continue reading Apricot Pie and Ruth Reichl

Luscious Lemon Bombshell Cakes

The husband loves this cake. Of course he does, at the end of the day, you’ll wind up zesting and juicing around a dozen lemons. I was only experimenting with this one. I thought for sure he would reject the pucker of it all, so when he said, “This is my favorite lemon cake.” I… Continue reading Luscious Lemon Bombshell Cakes