Cilantro is one of those things that people either love or hate. I’ve read before that it’s genetic, and that would explain its polarizing nature. I personally love cilantro, and I am always trying to grow it but find it to be a terrible windowsill and even garden plant. I rarely have any luck with it; I plant it constantly but never get any harvest. Fortunately for me, the grocery store sells bunches of cilantro for cheap, and they taste great. This amazing recipe from The Rootsy Network satisfies my love of cilantro in a big way, and it is … Read more
This is crunchy on the ends! It’s like eating chips! Grace announced last night at dinner. Joe had surprised us with a new recipe, something we’d never tried before, cheesy baked chicken enchiladas. I was dubious about eating enchiladas at this point of my pregnancy (because I have a lot of heartburn and indigestion) but the enchiladas were delicious. I was excited to eat them again for lunch the next day; I don’t get excited about much these days. Except ice cream. I still get excited about ice cream. And eggnog. Anyway, these enchiladas were tasty, and Joe said they … Read more
Even when I’m not gestating, I don’t consume much alcohol. It’s a medical issue.
I saw a wonderful, summery watermelon drink recipe in the June issue of Everyday Food, but it called for tequila. Two very minor changes turned it into a watermelon mocktail perfect for our whole family.
Near the end of my master’s degree program, I had the wonderful fortune to meet eight women from whom I would learn more than I had from most of my coursework. Our friendship began in an intensive writing workshop, where we poured our souls onto paper for eight hours a day, five days a week, for most of a summer. That exhausting and glorious workshop led into three semester-long courses on writing and teaching writing where a brilliant professor pushed us to the limits of our aptitudes and attention spans. In those two short years, several among us got married, … Read more
I have a little mirror attached to the rearview mirror in my car. It telescopes and twists and turns so that I can keep an eye on my babe while I’m driving. I picked up our CSA share today, and I set the bag on the back seat as I do every week. This week, when I got in the front seat, I saw something that really made me laugh. I didn’t scold her or take it away because – seriously? The kid grabbed a fresh cucumber out of the bag and starting eating it! It was a parent’s dream. … Read more
We garden. You knew that already, right? When I bought my house, there was a dilapidated swimming pool inside of a little fence in the back yard. The pool had fallen into such disrepair that the only viable option was to rip it out. I never replaced it. Last year, Joe decided to take advantage of the fenced-in area and build a little garden. (We live in a slightly wooden, suburban area, so we get critters of all shapes and sizes.) At first, the garden didn’t produce much. He mulched and fertilized and tilled. Still a … Read more