dear nate…….

March 31st, 2011

I’ve just finished watching my first ever television appearance, talking about my blog on “The Nate Berkus Show”. And while it was very exciting, to say the least, it was also a watershed moment for me. Making the decision to start a blog was bigger for me than just the blog itself. My daughter was home from […]

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she’s leaving home

chelsea and sheri

March 29th, 2011

Sending your first child off to college is an experience unlike any other – one that you can’t really prepare for, or anticipate all the emotions of. Starting sometime in her junior year of high school you create “the list” – of potential schools she’ll apply to. Then later that year you begin the round of college […]

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get twiggy with it

get twiggy with it

March 27th, 2011

A number of years ago I was in charge of the design and creation of several dozen terrariums to sell at a fundraiser for my school’s PTSA. I had never done anything like it before, and – well,  I became a little obsessed. Every so often after the event I would buy some plants and make a terrarium – and then […]

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scone rage

scone rage

March 24th, 2011

You read correctly. Some people have road rage – I have “scone rage”. See, I had yet another too-large, overly-dry, utterly-tasteless scone recently, and it made me mad. Mad enough to go home and bake a batch of my favorite scones. And I realized that I couldn’t remember the last time I had experienced a […]

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faking it

faking it

March 22nd, 2011

I came across this recipe years ago, in the Wednesday section of the New York Times. It was in the “Minimalist” column, written by Mark Bittman – one of my favorite food writers. It was called “Pasta with Fast Sausage Ragu” – which intrigued me because I always thought that a ragu sauce was just […]

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hamantaschen

hamantaschen

March 20th, 2011

Things must be pretty quiet around here if the raging debate in my house surrounds the origins of hamantaschen – the triangular-shaped cookies traditionally served during Purim. Some say it is based on the shape of the hat worn by Haman – the villain in the story of Purim. Others say that the cookies resemble his ears. […]

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rolling out dough

rolling out dough

March 19th, 2011

For years I avoided recipes that required rolling and cutting out dough. I found it messy and frustrating and overall not worth the effort. The dough would always stick to the rolling pin or my work surface, I’d use way too much flour (resulting in tough, dry pie crusts and cookies), and the kitchen ended up looking like a disaster. But […]

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a year in my garden, part 2: march

a year in my garden, part 2: march

March 18th, 2011

I have 3 gardens on my property: The front bed is my “white garden” (really white and green – okay, with a little purple too). The rear bed is my “deer garden” – the deer have full access so I’ve selected plantings that are “resistant” (that sound you hear?  It’s the deer laughing their heads off…..). And […]

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a year in my garden, part 1: welcome!

a year in my garden, part 1: welcome!

March 17th, 2011

“You must have the most perfect garden”. Uh, no. You’ve heard about the cobbler’s children? Well they’ve got nothing on the gardener’s garden. One would think (at least I did) that, given my profession – and proximity to my own garden –  it would be the most manicured and well-maintained  in town. Oh, I had a plan and […]

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winter bloomers

March 14th, 2011

I’ve just returned from a visit to Florida and am completely disheartened to see that spring has not “sprung” in my absence. Yes, the snow is just about gone but after 6 straight days of  blue skies, palm trees and grass under my (bare!!!) feet I am impatiently awaiting spring’s arrival now more than ever. But I know that March 21st won’t prompt […]

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