Category: Food

When the Potatoes Stay the Same: Lessons in Change

So much in life changes.  Some changes are welcome and good, but others just plain suck.  Some changes are life altering, while others serve as a momentary nuisance.  There was that time they stopped making my favorite chocolate scented shampoo (waaahhh), and then there was the time my first born was diagnosed with cancer. Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes... Read more »

The Gift of a Cooked Meal

It’s 4:35 as I type this.  Most afternoons, this would be on the early side of me figuring out what should be for dinner.  Pffft.  Who am I kidding?  I don’t really start doing that until 5:30 or so.  (Alright, alright, 6 o’clock.  Sheesh.) But tonight I’m not worried about dinner at all.  Nor was... Read more »

Aunt Eileen's Irish Soda Bread

Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day.  Younger folks like to celebrate that particular holiday by drinking to excess while wearing cheap green t-shirts made in China.  Not me.  For the past few years, I have invited my 100% Irish Da over for a traditional Irish dinner.  And, no, that isn’t a six pack with a boiled... Read more »

Chicken Pot Pie for Dummies

Some months of the year just seem to require more hugs.  December is one of those.  There is the stress of the holidays, the brutal awareness that our holidays will never just be stressful, they will be sad to boot, and the obligatory cheer that we are surrounded by and fully expected to participate in.... Read more »

Mom's Spaghetti Recipe

My Mom didn’t really like to cook much.  I grew up on a diet of canned vegetables, meat, and potatoes.  It’s what my Dad wanted and didn’t require a lot of thought or energy.  I totally get that.  So much of the time I feel uninspired by food.  I try, and with effort can put... Read more »