Wishing you Hugs and a Bowl of Soup – Roasted Cauliflower Soup with Chickpea Croutons

Roasted Cauliflower Soup with Chickpea Croutons

I really wanted to have a witty story to share with you. Something funny. But honestly, I’m not feeling witty these days. This holiday season is a bit heavier than usual since it’s the first one without my mom. I spend a lot of time up in my own head…remembering. Not sad, per se, just […]

Carrie Goes Undercover with Roasted Squash Soup

Roasted Squash Soup

I’m not gonna lie. Squash tends to be “chick food” in our house along with her sisters risotto, quiche, and salads containing nuts, avocados and crumbled Gorgonzola. The green stuff…broccoli, spinach, Brussels sprouts…I can get the male members of this family to eat but, unless it’s in a pumpkin pie, they turn their noses up […]

A Pear in a Harry and David Tree….Just for You

A Pear in a Harry and David Tree

I think it was his description of the frost air settling at the bottom of the pear orchard that was the final hook for me. How, when this happens, they steal silently from their homes in the pre-dawn hours to coddle the trees. They start up the modern day windmills to diffuse the cold air […]

In Celebration of Three Years…a Gift for Each One of You

Apple Garland

    When I think about it now, it seems silly that I was nervous. That my heart was racing. That my stomach was fluttering. But three years ago, I had never done this before. I had never put anything I’d written out into the World Wide Web. And I didn’t know whether those little […]

Hearty Breakfast Cupcakes

Hearty Breakfast Cupcakes

Here’s the thing about feeding families….it’s filled with good intentions and constant marketing. We all intend to feed our families healthy food. We all intend to cook more at home. We don’t intend to feed them take-out pizza three nights in a row, but sometimes that happens. We’re busy. They’re busy. No one has much […]

Bean and Cheese Quesadillas, Anyone? Anyone?

My summer office is closed up. I made it through the first full week of kids back in school coupled with their activities. And this past weekend, I was beat. So very, very tired. Before the weekend even started I let my daughter know, “I will only ‘drop you off and pick you up’ one […]

Why I Love 6-Year-Olds Who Love a Rustic Pear Galette

  Why do I love 6-year-olds? Well, for one, they still skip. They hum. They hold your hand when they cross the street. They look like this on the first day of school.   When they spy you on the hill, waiting for them after school, they run to you as if you are the […]

Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Mexican Soup…the Perfect Meal at the End of a Long Ride Down the Highway

On a highway. In the middle of Mt. Hood National Forest. Our car was in park. The engine off. And even though there was a line of cars behind us, as far as I could see, in the same predicament, it was strangely quiet. Dark. The snow gently falling all around us. Those big luscious […]

Oregano Chicken – A Simple Dish with a Regal Air

Maybe it’s that we’re finally getting into a rhythm two months into the school year. (Has it only been 2 months?) A “Limp-a-long Cassidy” kind of rhythm but a rhythm nonetheless. Maybe it’s that the days are shorter. The kids are in bed earlier. The house is quieter. The rainy season has begun. I don’t […]

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread to Acknowledge That Autumn has Truly Arrived

“No. I don’t want you. Get back in your closet. I don’t care if you used to be my favorite. I’m not ready for you!!” I heard myself wailing those words last week, like a toddler having a tantrum. With a sigh, I said good-bye to the sun and braced myself for the 7 straight […]

A Creamy Tomato Soup and Our Humanity

Chuckling to myself I typed these words into my phone, “Left home 4am. Arrived SFO 8am. BlogHer Food starts tomorrow. Had coffee. Now what?” And then, “Poof!”, out into cyberspace went my note. I looked up, almost to see if anyone had noticed what I had just done. I glanced over at the man playing the […]

Pumpkin Pie to Mark Some Firsts…and Some Lasts.

“Mom! Mom! Wait for me!” His shoes slip ever so slightly on the gravel. His backpack, almost half his size, swings from side to side. Up the hill he scrambles. “Mom, wait! I have a treasure for you.” In his tightly closed fist he holds four dandelions. All in various stages of blooming. He gallantly […]

All Is Safe and Sound Chicken

The warm smells from dinner still lingered in the house. Smells from perhaps a “fall off the bone” tender beef stew, maybe chicken and dumplings or my mother’s delicious chicken and wild rice soup with her homemade dill bread. The dishwasher was humming. The voices from the TV were soft. Distant. I made my way […]

Peas and Pancetta in a Flash

So, it had been one of those weeks. You know the kind. The kind where the baby, trying to make use of his limited vocabulary, hollers at his older brother in peak frustration, “Just…just…just go put your head in the potty!” and then storms out of the room, leaving the 10-year old to shrug …

String Beans and Caramelized Shallots

How do you know when you should be your child’s advocate? Or when their hurt is simply nothing more than a lesson from life? Do you have that conversation with that teacher? That parent? That coach? Or do you simply stand back and let life take its course. Life’s not fair. We don’t always …

Herbes de Provence Goat Cheese Spread

We are of the opinion, our household that is, that the tooth fairy is an unreliable, flighty little thing. That she is prone to wild mood swings and is picky. Picky, picky, picky. Our dear children, having just survived another round of the molting process, bless their hearts, will wrap their precious little gift, carefully, […]

Heirloom Tomato Sandwich

Clearly, the baby has not yet grasped the concept of “sleeping-in.” In my semi-conscious state, my mind barely registers that he is speaking to me. “Mom?” Pause. A little louder, “Mom? What animal sleeps during the day?” As I try to break through the fog that has not yet lifted from my mind in this […]