It seems like I find my favorite baking recipes from Smitten Kitchen. There’s her Apple and Cheddar Scones, for one . . . and when it’s warm outside and blueberries are in season, I turn to her recipe for Blueberry Crumb Bars. Of course, I always call them Blueberry Lemon Crumb Bars because the shot of lemon flavor is one of my favorite things about them (and because I mis-remember them that way). Continue reading Recipe: Blueberry Lemon Crumb Bars from Smitten Kitchen
This year, my favorite summer books have actually been a bit more on the serious side. It didn’t happen on purpose, but I’ve found that the books that stand out among the ones I’ve read recently are a little less “beach read” and a little more “dissertation read.” The thing about a well-written book is that even if the topic isn’t a typically light one, the narrative can be just as engaging as a pop best-seller. So yeah, I’m the person on the beach reading, as Amanda Katz put it, “pretty much the opposite” of “the quintessential summer read.
So here are three books I recommend this summer so far: Continue reading Summer 2015 Reading Recommendations
For the past year or so, we’ve been getting occasional deliveries from Plated, a service that sends all of the ingredients you need to execute a fast, tasty recipe (minus pantry staples like salt, pepper, and olive oil). It’s great to not have to go to the grocery store, worry about what to cook, or search for a list of ingredients. I also like that the portion sizes are controlled, so I don’t eat more than one adult human should in a dinner. Continue reading For Creative Dinners on the Fly: Plated
I love to cook–it’s relaxing, creative, and satisfying–but I don’t often have time, especially during the week, to make dishes that require a lot of prep work or cooking time. I’ve got a handful of go-to recipes that are quick to make, taste delicious, and are reasonably healthy. I’m always open to others’ suggestions for new dishes to add to my list! Continue reading Vacation Roundup: Quick and Easy Dinners
I resisted. It sounds pretty gross, doesn’t it?
He insisted it wasn’t, and sang the praises of the many delicious flavors of oatmeal he was able to prepare overnight in his fridge. It’s so easy, he said. It tastes good. Continue reading “Recipe”: Refrigerator Oatmeal
With the Boston Marathon right around the corner, and the blessed nutritional advice of PK Newby to ramp up carb consumption several days before the race, I thought I’d make one of Smitten Kitchen’s many fabulous recipes: Spaghetti with chickpeas, more elegantly known as spaghetti con ceci. Continue reading Recipe: Spaghetti con Ceci
OK, you’ve just worked all day and squeezed in a quick workout, or gotten caught in traffic, or finished running errands. It’s getting late, but you’re hungry and want something to eat that doesn’t take forever and won’t make you feel gross. Where do you look for inspiration? Continue reading Five Fast Resources for Dinner
Over the past few years, I’ve come around to Martha Stewart fandom. She may be a little fussy about details, but the woman knows what she’s doing. Her cupcake recipe is one of the best ones I’ve ever made. And her sauteed shrimp with arugula and tomatoes is a great quick and easy meal that’s relatively healthy. Continue reading Recipe: Sauteed Shrimp with Arugula and Tomatoes
Normally I’d like to do more of a post, but my computer screen is broken and I’ve been traveling all week and it just ain’t happening. In lieu of something remotely thoughtful, enjoy one of my favorite web treats, a game show blooper reel. I’ll watch these for hours:
Training for a marathon during this particularly cold and icy winter has made me even more grateful for the pick-me-up of a good playlist during my runs. My feet and hands may be cold, my clothes may be wet from snow, rain and sweat, and my legs may be aching, but dammit, I’ve got some good tunes in my ears! Continue reading Running Playlist: Marathon Edition