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No-Chop One-Pot Chicken Meatball Dinner

I just spent two workdays in the kitchen testing and perfecting next week’s recipe.   It’s a recipe for conchas. You know, Mexican sweet breads that are somehow even more delicious a day after baking. Perfect dipped in milky coffee. I found myself surrounded by four dozen conchas too many, trying to get just the right texture, translating a bakery...

Let It Be Sunday, 316!

Hello, friends! Happy spring! Happy floral dress season! Happy Easter!   We made it through another April Fool’s Day and I gotta say, April 2nd might be my favorite day because we have an entire year mostly free of pranks. You’re either a prank person or you’re not and, as your most gullible friend, I’m here to say that I’m just not a prank person. ...

Vegan Chocolate Chip Corn Cookies (with a gluten-free option!)

In my cheese drawer right now I have a half eaten block of fancy gruyere (that’s the snacking cheese I eat in the morning while my coffee brews… I dunno), there’s a bag of shredded cheddar cheese for impromptu nachos, and there’s a bag of vegan jalapeno jack cheese that make my favorite grilled cheese sandwiches.  I like options, you know?  I can’t...

Let It Be Sunday, 315!

Hello friends, welcome!  You’ll forgive me this Sunday, won’t you? I don’t have a lengthy Sunday post for you today but I feel like we have such a tradition here every week, I didn’t want to leave you with an entirely blank space.  I spent much of last week in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania helping a dear friend adjust to a big life change. That means I...

Creamy No-Bake Carrot Cake

This week I found myself taking the long way to a tube of toothpaste at the drugstore.   (Somehow, well into adulthood, toothpaste is one of those things that even with daily use, an empty toothpaste tube always seems like a surprise.) The long way to toothpaste, in case you aren’t familiar with this technique, involves meandering through the nail...

Let It Be Sunday, 314!

Hello friends! Happy Sunday, I’m so glad you’re here!  We made it to Spring, didn’t we? I cut these fine snapdragons from the front garden yesterday and felt pretty dang proud of myself for nurturing a plant outside long enough to bring it inside to nurture me further.  Tron is pretty pleased, too.  Yesterday I received my first COVID vaccine shot....

The No-Bake Neapolitan Birthday Cake

I do have the best of intentions. It’s best to assume positive intent, right? Even of yourself.  Over the past year I’ve noticed  a commonality in the apps that have made home on my phone. There’s an app to help me be a better runner (be a runner at all, honestly). There’s an app to help me meditate, an app to help me sleep, an app to talk me through...

Let It Be Sunday, 313!

Hi friends, good morning!  How are you? Feeling good? Feeling strong? It’s ok if you’re not. It’s ok if things feels a little blurry. Sunday, afterall. A day to eat crackers in bed if you want to.  This week I’ve been holding on to small victories: a few good laps in the pool, my fastest two mile running time, two good hair days, a handful of neighborly...

Almond Flour Lemon Raspberry Bars

Lemon bars are right up there with clean sheets, new house slippers, pastel colored sweatpants, and a fresh bath towel and bath mat. We’re talking high-quality, high-functioning adult indulgences that we have ourselves to thank for.   You feel me feelin’ myself headed into these spring days?  Citrus season always feels like an awakening to spring....

Let It Be Sunday, 312!

Hello friends, good morning! Let’s nod our heads knowing we get another Sunday here together.  I’ve got a record playing this morning: Bill Evans. It sounds like he’s in the room even though he lived his entire life before mine even started.  Did you know that Bill Evans named his son Evan? Oh the places a very cursory Google search can take you. ...

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