Stay Here in the Heat with Me

It’s going to be another hot one today in Madison, Wisconsin.  Temperatures are expected to climb and claw their way into the very high nineties.  Early morning and already the humidity is beginning to tease and tighten the tangles in my dark hair.  It is time to give in to the heat. I didn’t make it… Continue reading Stay Here in the Heat with Me

I’m Reading 50 Shades of Grey (I Know You Are Too)

We went on a family outing to Barnes and Noble yesterday late afternoon.  My husband took the kids to the childrens’ section while I walked up to customer service and asked the college-aged guy behind the counter if he had the following books:  My Life in France – Julia Child, Mexican Enough – Stephanie Elizondo… Continue reading I’m Reading 50 Shades of Grey (I Know You Are Too)

For the Love of Truth and Balance

The last day of school was this past Tuesday.  All three kids are home now excited to begin their summer vacation.  It’s been three days and already we’ve been biking, swimming, reading and eating a lot to make up for those calories quickly burning off their small bodies.   I’ve refereed some fights, one involving Nerf… Continue reading For the Love of Truth and Balance

Update on Goulish Avocado Mango Salad and Last Night’s No-Plan Dinner Keeps the Vampires Away

After my last post I went grocery shopping and bought the ingredients I needed for Avocado Mango Salad.  I was actually surprised to find perfect, creamy, orange flesh when I sliced into each of the three mangoes (it’s been awhile since I’ve had a really good one – that’s why I bought three). The organic avocado, however, was… Continue reading Update on Goulish Avocado Mango Salad and Last Night’s No-Plan Dinner Keeps the Vampires Away

Paradise is Where You Find It

I’m a Jersey Girl recently transplanted to the Midwest.  I’ve traded ocean views and parkway exits for cornfield landscapes dotted with red barns and cows grazing.  My first winter here, I was surprised to learn that not every Midwesterner likes the cold and snow.  So I asked around to anyone who had a moment (and most people out… Continue reading Paradise is Where You Find It

Schiacciata alla Fiorentina

My husband, kids and I were in Captiva, Florida with friends during Easter.  I was swimming instead of baking this year and so I did not get a chance to make a dessert.  Last week, I found this recipe by accident and decided it wasn’t too late to serve my family Schiacciata alla Fiorentina or “Orange Easter… Continue reading Schiacciata alla Fiorentina

How to Hard-Boil An Egg I Will Not Forget

Lo que bien se quiso nunca se olvida. That which you greatly loved never is forgotten. (A Creole saying from Memories of a Cuban Kitchen By Mary Urrutia Randelman & Joan Schwartz) Today is the second anniversary of my grandmother’s passing.  In honor of her memory, I made hard-boiled eggs and I ate a piece… Continue reading How to Hard-Boil An Egg I Will Not Forget