Working the Thanksgiving Holiday

Every so often, I work on Thanksgiving. This is one of those years. I am a nurse. It happens. This year, I had plans to get my go-to working-on-Thanksgiving-quick-and-easy-dinner menu items, but then I got sick with the worst head cold of my life. I didn't feel like going anywhere to buy anything for any … Continue reading Working the Thanksgiving Holiday

Mary Ann and me

Mary Ann Esposito and I go way back. Okay, sort of. I met her in real life at a Stonewall Kitchen Cooking School event in 2008. (Also, once I saw her at the Market Basket, but I didn't actually talk to her. Does that count?) I really met her for the first time in my … Continue reading Mary Ann and me

Connection

I was just watching Valerie Bertinelli's new cooking show on the Food Network. It turns out that Karen's Kitchen isn't so different from Valeries's Kitchen. She was making a buffet for a Christmas gathering and it consisted of lasagna, salad, and a favorite Italian cookie from childhood. I realized as I watched that one of … Continue reading Connection

Bonus from tidying up food

So, I did save $150 that first week by not buying groceries, and then $75 the next week.  I have rediscovered coupons! Also, I invented a recipe using some of the stuff I had in the house when I was saving $150 by not eating out or food shopping this week: Naan Pizza. Ingredients:  One … Continue reading Bonus from tidying up food

Tidying up food, continued

Some of the side benefits that have come from my Tidying Up Food project: I have straightened up my pantry. I know exactly what I have for food in my house right now. I did not go buy another bottle of (whatever, insert food item here) because I knew I had one already on the … Continue reading Tidying up food, continued

Tidying up food

I have only been taking baby steps with my The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo book since I did the clothing category. I am motivated, but I haven't had an uninterrupted block of time to tackle the next category (books) yet. Well, that's my excuse, anyway. Since then, I have been scrutinizing other areas … Continue reading Tidying up food

Thanksgiving dinner for one

It so happens that I will be working Thanksgiving (as is the majority of my family) and therefore I will be a Party of One for Thanksgiving Dinner. I also plan to continue my NaNoWriMo efforts and so will have very little time for cooking and such. I do, however, love food. And, you know, eating. So, here's my … Continue reading Thanksgiving dinner for one

Pi(e) Day

National Pie Day was January 23rd this year. I missed it. The "other" pie day is March 14. This Pi Day, the math Pi Day, is the second chance for those people who missed the first one. You know, like me. Like I do every year. Every year for the past several years in the … Continue reading Pi(e) Day

Back in the saddle again. Not.

I was thinking that now that the kids are back in school, I should resume my walking routine. I used to walk 3 miles or so every morning around 6:45am, before I did anything else...even before I went to the gym or yoga class. I did it every day just like clockwork. Until I stopped. … Continue reading Back in the saddle again. Not.

After the fall

I had a disaster in my kitchen today. I was lifting down some big Pyrex mixing bowls from a shelf, something I've done dozens and dozens of times. Something I do almost every day. I was lifting them down to put one back in the stack. As I brought the stack down to the counter, … Continue reading After the fall