fried chicken sandwich

Today is a particularly sad day in my hood in Baltimore, as the Italian deli/market less than a block from our house is closing after OVER ONE HUNDRED YEARS to move to a hipper, cooler location. I just took one last stroll up the street for the essentials: fresh loaf of bread, escarole, this incredibly…

pretzel jello ice cream

Happy Spring! I belong to this cloth diapering moms group on Facebook. This is the approximate content breakdown: 30% helpful information about wash routines and brand recommendations, 60% crazy people for whom cloth diapering appears to be their sole hobby, 7% true hippie moms trying to bully other women into believing that if you’re not…

what’s on my kindle, part 45

The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes. Set in the late 1930s about a British woman who had kind of a whirlwind marriage to an American and he moved her to rural Kentucky where she’s pretty miserable. She gets involved with a traveling library project spearheaded by Eleanor Roosevelt and run by all women. A…

beef & kimchi stew

We’re having a cold snap here in Baltimore. (All the Syracuse people are like… mmmmkay.) But for real it’s in the 20s and 30s! And we have the usual thing where they are predicting a huge snow storm so everyone will freak out and go buy extra bottled water and paper towels despite still having…

homemade dumplings

I’m going to take almost no credit for the recipe here and just use this post as a PSA to purchase yourself a bamboo steamer. Plus it’s a perfect day to celebrate DUMP-ling Trump-ling!! (Did that work? Not sure.) The GS and I aren’t really gift people and actually didn’t even discuss exchanging Christmas presents,…

what’s on my kindle, part 44

The Other Mrs. by Mary Kubica. When I saw this book my first thought was “I’ve already read this, right?” This seems to be its own genre now!? (The Wife Between Us, The Last Mrs. Parrish, The Silent Wife) but I gave it a shot because I really liked The Good Girl. I’m going to…

curried carrots w/ carrot top pesto

Your weekend plans include: shopping to make this for Meatless Monday. G and I hit the Farmer’s Market as usual on Sunday and impulse-bought a couple bunches of fat carrots. I wasn’t originally planning to make them the main event but then had a burst of inspiration to use the whole thing. After a brief…

turkey soup w/ mashed potato gnocchi

Hope your Thanksgiving was happy and indulgent! Ours was nice and fortunately not all that different from prior years because we’ve kept it small! I did enjoy all the cooking and baking but since I’m working on delegating I let my mom do the pretzel jello (she nailed it) and the mashed potatoes. I guess…

sweet & salty green beans

It’s tomorrow! My Olympics! Thanksgiving has quickly become my favorite holiday. I get to do a ton of cooking and baking, stay in my own home in comfy clothes, and only hang out with my immediate family. Zero complaints. I’ve been hemming and hawing over a vegetable side for this year. Last year I did…

what’s on my kindle, part 43

Save Me the Plums by Ruth Reichl. This is about her becoming the editor-in-chief of Gourmet magazine. I liked it! I think you will probably only like it if you’re really into food and/or magazines. And there’s a few recipes thrown in there that I want to try. The Boys Club by Erica Katz. I…