napa valley kale salad

I really tried not to post two “salad” recipes in a row, but I’ve been a crazy traveling lady (hit 100,000 miles on my car last week!) and this is the newest thing I’ve made. So basically I’m saying it’s a coincidence and I haven’t fallen down the #weddingdiet rabbit hole. At least not this…

utica greens

This should really say “Utica greens” because these are more of an imitation of the real thing. Also, HI. Over the past several weeks I’ve just taken a hard face plant into adulthood and this blogging business got away from me. First. After 5+ years, the GS decided that my chicken cutlets were up to…

what’s on my kindle, part 20

Breaking the Silence┬áby Diane Chamberlain. I’ve really loved some of her books (The Silent Sister, Necessary Lies, The Midwife’s Confession) and disliked others (Pretending to Dance). This one fell somewhere in the middle for me. There were parts of it that I really liked and I think she does a good job weaving several story…

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┬áby 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…