The Value of Guarded Time

Dijon Rosemary Marinated Chicken Breasts

Years ago back in my event planning days, a group of us put on an annual fundraiser benefiting various organizations here in town. Our biggest challenge was not wrangling the many details that went into planning this event. No, our biggest challenge was finding a time to meet to do the planning. We would toss […]

Finding Strength for 2015

Coffee and a Pink Scarf

Most of you know that the past few years have been challenging for me. The whole process of trying to make sense of my mom’s illness—one that eventually took her life—and then maneuvering through the emotional aftermath as we all try to manage our lives without her has been exhausting. I’ve felt as though someone […]

Wishing You Moments of Captured Time for the New Year

Since writing my last post, I’ve been pondering the evolution of holiday traditions. How they started. Why we continue some and not others. New traditions that spring up and are adopted…Shelf Elf…or not. I choose “not.” What occurred to me is that many of our traditions started out of scarcity. Feasts were thrown around holidays […]

A Few Thoughts on Food Followed by Chicken Sausages with Tomatoes and Shallots

Sausages with tomatoes and shallots

I suppose the acronym FLOSS can be used to describe my thoughts on food. I suppose I could also be labeled as energetic and sleep-deprived, frazzled and bossy, presbyopic and middle-aged, but why…why must we label everything? I can’t think of a greater need as a human being than to eat. Okay, well, maybe drink. […]

Seeking Sunlight

Sun streaming through cherry blossoms

    My twelve-year-old, inherited it all – the allergies, the sensitive stomach, the asthma. And somehow, it just doesn’t seem fair. He’s my athlete. My sporty-guy. The one who will stand out in the rain shooting baskets for hours while the rest of us stay dry inside. The one who will use the twenty […]

Am I Doing it Right???

Ribolllita

My sixth-grader is hard on himself. When I sit down to help him with his homework, the first thing out of his mouth is, “I don’t know if I did it right.” When I start to read aloud a rough-draft essay of his, he’ll cry out, “Oh, stop reading. It’s total crap.” A few days […]

Comforting Yourself with Turkey and Bacon Meatballs

You had been told that this would happen. This ever-increasing independence. The wings starting to flap. You’d read about it in books. You’d been told, many, many times by all the people who came before you but still, for you, you weren’t quite ready. No, you’re still back in preschool when she’d cry and call […]

A Little Photography Session with Some Molasses Crinkle Cookies

Ginger Cookies

“I awoke this morning with devout Thanksgiving for my friends, the old and new.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson My dear friends, I hope you’ll indulge me a bit this week as I stray from my regularly scheduled program of story, photos and recipe. Over the course of the past year, I have received many kind emails […]

Lighten Up Chili (i.e. Even in the Midst of Teenage Chaos There is Something to be Learned)

There I was in organizing bliss. Well, actually, scratch that. I was hyperventilating and covered in perspiration as I surveyed the boxes of games and puzzles with missing pieces and cried out in desperation, “Someone get me an Old Fashioned!” even though I don’t drink Old Fashioneds but my Granny always used to ask for […]

A Fragrant Oatmeal with Cinnamon Apples to Enjoy During the Quiet Moments

“Well, we’re in the midst of it.” You hear yourself say to yourself with a sigh. Winter Break. Christmas Vacation. The “Holidays”. And, you want to be that Mom. Really you do. You know, the one who is fun all the time. But you see, you have a “noise aversion”. And with each day that […]

Slowing It Down with a Simmering Ragù

We laid out the napkins. The cheese sticks. The apple slices. Just he and I. Me and my littlest one. He contentedly set out a cup at each place and while in motion, said to me, “I like setting up snack.” And, then turning and looking at me directly, adds, “With you.” Later, when it […]

Nourished by a Spicy Pumpkin Soup and So Much More

Although out-of-breath and with quivering legs, I managed to brace myself against the wind. I had made it to the top of the dune, aptly named, “8-minutes of Hell.” I have to admit that with the sand packed down by the winter rains, it wasn’t nearly as trying of a climb as in the summer […]

A Little Insurance Policy in the Form of Chocolate Chip Cookies

For months now, at the request of family members, friends, strangers even, we have dutifully removed our shoes and assumed the “back-to-back” position, while these…people, bent their knees, leveled off their point-of-view and eyeballed our heads. And then, rising back up, these same people would sigh and declare, “Nope. Not yet.”   And so it […]

Simple, Yet Elegant, Stuffed Mushrooms

My back was on fire. My fingers were like dough. My hiney felt as though I’d been sitting on a cement curb for 6 hours waiting for the start of some parade. And, I could no longer deny that I do indeed need some form of optical assistance. What I could have whipped out with […]

Braised Pacific Halibut with Mushrooms and Leeks

While my dear, sweet husband would prefer to remain anonymous on these here pages of “La Pomme” or at least, keep to the role of an extra…an extra, as in, one of the 70,000 in the stands of the filming of a great sports film…I do feel that there is something you should know about […]

Cinnamon-Apple Crostata & Tea, Of Course

  Then he sat in his favorite chair, drank a cup of hot peppermint tea and ate a slice of bread with honey on it. The farmer felt very cozy and a bit tired. “Dream Snow” by Eric Carle   I wish I could say to you, dear friend, that I spent my college years […]

Oh, Ye, Benevolent Butternut Squash Minestrone

  With Herculean effort, I was dragging the bag, filled with the remnants of my vegetable garden, up the never-ending flight of stairs and muttering to myself about what a hair-brained idea of mine it had been to put the garden back there. What kept me going; however, was knowing that my dear, sweet children […]