local flavor: dreamworks’ “north pole adventure” at ridge hill!

ridge hill dreamworks north pole adventure

November 14th, 2014

Noah and I had a blast last week previewing DreamWork’s “Dream Place North Pole Adventure”, smack in the center of Ridge Hill. One of only eight in the country (and the only one in the New York Metro area), DreamPlace is a 2,000 square foot holiday cottage, decked out to the max. You are greeted by […]


“blove”: round-up edition!

"blove": round-up edition!

November 13th, 2014

If you are a regular reader of my “blove” series, you know the general format – every month or so I share a blog that I’ve been a long-time fan of. I talk a little bit about the blog – and the blogger – and then turn it over to that blogger to share her […]


favor-“ette”: a taco (shell) trick

use a fork to keep a taco shell upright

November 11th, 2014

As the holiday madness (a.k.a., baking every single day) descends, I find myself turning more than ever to certain dinners. Dinners that can be made ahead (like stuffed shells). Dinners that use ingredients that I have on-hand, when I “forget” to prepare in advance (like a quick ragu sauce). And dinners that ask nothing more […]


coffee cake muffins: your weekend, made.

coffee cake muffins

November 7th, 2014

So remember my post on making your own parchment paper cupcake liners? Seems many of you were WAY more interested in the muffins that appeared in that same post…… I get it – and they are totally amazing, by the way. I’ve posted the recipe on Babble – click here for the details – and […]


favor-“ette”: Madison Reed (sponsored post)

favor-"ette": Madison Reed (sponsored post)

November 5th, 2014

This post is brought to you by Madison Reed, the revolutionary new hair color that’s better for your hair. Click here to learn more about Madison Reed.  If you ever doubted my love for you all – doubt no more. Because I’m showing you my ROOTS, people – and I don’t show my roots to just anyone […]


family-to-family: a local organization doing more than just “good”

family to family logo

November 3rd, 2014

I am so proud to use this space every now and then to share with you some special organizations that are doing great things in their communities – and beyond. Today I’d like to introduce you to “Family-to-Family“, and a special project they are launching for a very short time. First, a little about Family-to-Family: […]


cookie jar: pumpkin cookies with brown butter icing

pumpkin cookies with brown butter icing

October 30th, 2014

Our little neighborhood does it up right. In addition to our block parties (for which I’ve made these and these), we have started some sweet traditions for our VERY favorite holiday – Halloween. It started last year with a munchkin parade that ended at a neighbor’s house for drinks and treats. And this year we […]


halloween “in the house”: cheesecloth ghosts!

cheesecloth ghosts

October 28th, 2014

As we decorated the house for Halloween and I pulled these out I realized that I’ve never shared them here! These ghosts (courtesy of Martha Stewart) are probably my favorite decorations, and they are insanely simple to make too! Here’s how: Styrofoam mannequin heads (available at wig/beauty supply stores or on-line) Cheesecloth (two standard-size packages […]


local flavor: “phoebe g. green” book launch party!

phoebe g. green

October 24th, 2014

I am beyond excited to be part of the launch party for my friend Veera’s new chapter book series! Veera Hiranandani has penned a food-centered chapter book series, “Phoebe G. Green”, and she will be hosting a panel discussion on food for kids and out-of-the-box school lunch ideas. Joining me on the panel are chef-owner Matthew Karp of Plates and […]


nyc-etc: everything old is…

midtown manhattan

October 23rd, 2014

When I was growing up, going into Manhattan from Brooklyn meant one of two things: Chinatown (every Sunday for dinner), or “Uptown”. My dad worked in advertising in midtown and I loved walking around the neighborhood that comprised Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Saks Fifth Avenue. Back then there was no Soho. No Tribeca. […]