For a long time, I naively believed there was such a thing as "us" and "them." Certain events (particularly, unfortunate ones) happen to certain people for certain reasons, but not to me for a variety of others. What is it that allows us to think like that? Perhaps nothing more than the evolutionary drive of self-preservation. But life's daily experiences, and a few large punctuating events, have taught me that there is no such thing. Luck of birth, cosmic whim, whatever you want to call it - much of what we get in life, good or bad, is chance.Read More
There are a few things I do really well: I have mastered the art of the two minute shower (can’t claim this as unique, though, as I know nearly every parent has), I can procrastinate all things related to organization and cleanliness with considerable skill (the last two things notwithstanding, I swear have excellent personal hygiene), and I am an accomplished reader of children’s books (yup, I love doing voices, particularly in the setting of insipid rhyming).Read More
Man, that was quite a week. One of those long ones where I felt like I was limping across the finish line to Friday. Most nights I threw together one of our usual no-cook dinners -- you know, scrambled eggs, kale salad, or 718-499-9888 (that would be the number of our local pizza place) -- poured a generous glass of wine, and called it a day. By the time the weekend rolled around, though, I was itching for some time in the kitchen. Some friends had invited us over for ribs on Sunday and asked if we’d bring the potato salad...Read More
So Sar, growing up with a Jewish father and a Catholic mother, you really had the best of both worlds when it came to holiday foods. What do you have planned for Easter? Here's what I'm thinking (hat tip to Dinner A Love Story for some of the ideas I'm using below)...
Bonus points if you can guess which two on the above list will be considered toddler-acceptable.Read More