montreal & montpelier

Last week we lost my Aunt Chrissie after a 3 1/2 year battle with cancer. She was an amazing person. I think if you asked anyone who knew her to describe her in one word, it would be “sweet.” But what we learned through her struggle with cancer is that she was equally as strong…

linguine with clam sauce

Happy September! I hope everyone had a nice Labor Day weekend. We spent ours at the lake which was amazing even though we didn’t have the best weather. Really I was happy to have a 3-day-weekend that didn’t involve attending a wedding. A group of 12 of us had a family golf tournament on Saturday….

bittersweet chocolate budino

Also known as, Birthday Dessert 2017! Yesterday was my golden birthday (28 on the 28th). I started out the day looking like my best self. Surgical support in the morning, followed by a lecture at Towson in my grad school mentor’s class. She’s the cutest and brought me cupcakes and balloons. And made the students…

avocado whipped feta

I talked about this recipe last summer and how I wasn’t going to blog it because it was stolen from How Sweet It Is and only three ingredients. Apparently my standards are plummeting because I changed my mind and here it is. I brought this over to our friends’ house last weekend because they loved…

kimchi burgers

The GS and I had such a fun weekend!… which I now realize was 5 days ago but I’m just getting to it now. We went to one of our favorite coffee places in the city (High Grounds) and strolled around that neighborhood for a bit. Then we stopped in at two Baltimore breweries that…

what’s on my kindle, part 19

Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. That’s a mouthful. I wouldn’t call this a book, it’s really more of an essay. I think I read it in 30 minutes. It’s written by a Nigerian journalist whose friend asked her for suggestions about how to raise her unborn daughter to…

corn & spring onion maque choux

I’m back on the East Coast! I had a really great trip to San Francisco. Worked a lot, but also got to see two Loyola friends for dinner and drinks one night and then had a whole solo day downtown. I walked from my hotel down to the Ferry Building, which had an outdoor farmer’s…

spicy shrimp noodles

Hi from Midway Airport! Waiting to catch a flight to San Francisco. I just spent 24 hours in a suburb of Chicago to work a training event for audiology students. They were all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed about ear stuff and it was adorable. They were also definitely under the impression that having a job like…

sourdough pretzel rolls

Once upon a time about five years ago, the GS requested that I start making sourdough bread. Fun fact: the post where I talk about this bread is where I christened the term “GS.” Coming full circle, folks. I did it for a while but it’s a LOT of work. A lot of waiting around…

strawberry ice cream cake

Please tell me you remember those Good Humor strawberry shortcake ice cream bars. When I was in elementary school I rarely bought lunch, and not because my mom packed it for me (she quit doing that when we were barely out of kindergarten- too much complaining about her selections). I just never got very excited about…

grilled corn with old bay butter

A few weeks ago the GS and I were driving through DC and we passed a gas station with an advertisement for Jamaican food inside. It was a pretty rough looking gas station on a not-so-great street in DC. But in the event that you might run inside to buy a Gatorade or a pack…

rhode island 2017

Every year we spend the 4th of July/the GS’ birthday in Rhode Island with his family. This year we actually went for a whole week which was so much fun. I feel like I gained about 15 pounds so here are some scenes to tide you over until I’m cooking again. 28 flavors of iced…