Garden 2020

I've seen different versions of this quote that is usually attributed to Henry Kissinger: "If you control the food supply, you control the people”. To me, this suggests that it may be more important than ever to make an effort to grow some of your own food. Planting a garden is nothing new for us. … Continue reading Garden 2020

The Annual Ides of March Quest for Fried Clams

My dad's last meal was fried clams. Flashback to 1998. Dad was dying of lung cancer. The living room was dominated by the hospital bed sent by hospice once it was clear he could no longer manage the climb to the second floor bedroom. He had been in and out of consciousness for several days … Continue reading The Annual Ides of March Quest for Fried Clams

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

The day I ate whatever I wanted

When I read the title of this book by Elizabeth Berg, The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted, I thought, YESSSSS!!!! That's all I want! To eat whatever I want! So in honor of my birthday month, I did that today. Full disclosure: I was using food to comfort myself because I had to work … Continue reading The day I ate whatever I wanted

Organization (or lack thereof)

Organization? Thy name is not Karen. I have stuff. A lot of stuff. I have decided that I am ready to let stuff go. Keep it simple. Stupid. I have so many recipes and such that I have cut out, ripped out, torn out of magazines and newspapers and NEVER MADE. I should just throw them … Continue reading Organization (or lack thereof)

Mental health break

I took a two-day break from Nano writing and went away overnight to celebrate my husband's birthday (and, you know, to take a break from sitting! At the computer! Writing! OMG! I haven't been able to feel two of the fingers on my left hand for a week!).  We had supper at Nolita,  a new-ish … Continue reading Mental health break

The story of Sheri

My husband's friend Bob died earlier this year. My friend Sheri died earlier this week. Early in 2006, Sheri became my mentor at my new job. Shortly thereafter, Sheri became my friend. To be fair, she was pretty much everybody's friend. She was just one of those warm, kind, caring people to whom others gravitated. Need … Continue reading The story of Sheri

An old dog, a new (cheap) trick (part one)

You know how they say that your tastes change as you get older? I have found this to be true in my own life. I never liked cheese on my pizza. When I was little, maybe 4 or 5 years old, my parents used to scrape it off (and onto their own slices, I imagine) … Continue reading An old dog, a new (cheap) trick (part one)