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I first had this dish last year when we had a soup and chili cookout at work, and while I’m not sure this dish would fall in either category (it is a category all its own), someone brought it in with spices bought in New Orleans and damn, it was delicious. I love shrimp and enjoy trying to find new ways in which to use it. A pescetarian by nature, shrimp could be my main source of protein. Why I had never come across this dish boggled my mind and made me question my self-appointed “foodie” status; I think as…

Spaghetti a la Vodka. Adding alcohol to food? I’ve been doing it for years. Weirdly, I had never made this pasta sauce which is such a classic. Coming home from a long day at work, I admit, I wasn’t as thrilled to cook this sauce as I had started out being that morning. It was seven o’clock before I even got started and I was on my way to being very hungry.  Being prepared for a project such as this is absolutely key. I had already bought all the ingredients for the week so preparing my mise en place went quickly.…

Still sick here. Still congested. Maybe my body knew I would be ill last week when I came up with this week’s menu but I’m grateful that I had all the ingredients to make this delicious dish. I love curries anytime of year but especially in the colder months and even more when I’m under the weather. There’s nothing better to clear my sinuses than a mildly spicy (I’m kind of a wimp) curry to warm me to my toes. I have made Thai curries but never a deep aromatic Indian one. While they can be intimidating, this one was easy…

The Julie/Julia project was started by an almost-thirty year old secretary in New York who was stuck in a rut and used Mastering the Art of French Cooking to get out of said rut. It also worked. She conquered the recipes (even the aspic), got herself a book deal and a movie was made starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams. She started her blog when blogs were just beginning. No photos or fancy links, just a woman and her words out of her small apartment in Long Island City. While I was at HousingWorks Bookstore in NYC, my favorite place…

When I visit new cities, there’s a moment where I am in complete awe of a place. It’s usually at a time when I take my first bite of a dish I know I am going to think about forever. In a rush, I feel the overwhelming feeling of gratitude, the taste of a meal well-made, the sense of belonging to a place that is not my home, the sheer amazingness of being in a city that existed long before me and will exist long after me but damn, am I here right now and a part of something bigger…

Thirty is the new twenty, forty is the new thirty….new new new. What about just accepting getting ‘old’ instead? In the grand scheme of things, thirty is not elderly and in fact it a perfectly fine age to be. My twenties were pretty wonderful and I whole-heartedly expect my thirties to be as well. This new decade has me thinking a lot about time. How slowly and how quickly it passes. When I think of when I turned twenty, it seems like from then to now it has been a slow treck. When I asked my grandmother about when she…

Kansas City held their own sister march, in unity with the Women’s March in Washington, D.C. The sun was finally out this winter and it cast a hopeful glow on everyone there that afternoon. As I walked with my friend Lauren up the hill and through the crowd, we were in awe at the amount of passionate people who showed up. Men, women and children all had signs and all came to support each other-even if the reasons why they were marching were different. Part of my reasoning was to support Planned Parenthood, whose funding is at risk of getting…

This is not a post about resolutions. I have said it before, but I feel resolutions set me up for failure. I’m old enough to know that the strike of midnight on the 1st does not change me into a more productive and put-together version of myself. I do know though, that a clean slate does wonders for the soul and my mental state- so I just focus on that. I focus on waking up everyday and trying to be better than I was the day before and that is something that does stay consistent. I try to set myself…

mussels seafood

As I held the fork up to my mouth, it hovered there for a moment. The aroma hitting me, ever so softly, tempting me as I hesitated to take the next step. First, I tasted the savory yet sweet caramelized onions. Next came the robust flavor of the pepper jam and finally the soft taste of duck liver mousse. Immediately, years of instant regret washed over me as I reflected I could have been eating this my entire life. I devoured the rest on my plate and my friend and I could only smile at one another as we dug…

kid sea

A million books on the subject but in the end I feel most people just do what their instincts tell them. No new parent really knows what will happen or how their child will behave until it happens, no amount of reading can truly prepare one for the unknown. That said, advice, blogs, books all are informative and help but no matter what, it comes down to the environment and the culture in most ways. Since my last post, babies have still been on the brain. While abroad I took an opportunity to observe the parenting culture in Europe more…