FREE summer fun

As much as I love summer, there comes a time after camp and the family vacation has passed that I start to wonder why are my children still home? They seem to grow crankier and lazier with each passing day. So, for the sake of my sanity (and yours!) here is a list of some … Continue reading FREE summer fun

Raising the next generation of ‘granola’

I really had to embrace my crunchy side for this one. And I wasn't going to tell anyone. But here I am, posting Exhibit A on the right. Let's hope he doesn't taunt me for it when he's older. I'm hoping that by the time my son is old enough to ask me why I … Continue reading Raising the next generation of ‘granola’

Salmon, two ways

If you're anything like me, you're defrosting salmon from Jewel's 9-days salmon sale today. In fact, without taking an official survey, I'd venture to guess that the significant majority of my friends and neighbors will be feasting on salmon tomorrow evening, before the fast of Tisha B'Av. My favorite way to cook salmon (or any … Continue reading Salmon, two ways

A few good knives

One of the biggest obstacles to cooking healthy meals is time. But I rarely spend more than 10 minutes on any recipe, and 20 is my max. My secret? A chef’s knife that--thanks to my husband--I actually learned to use. Using the proper knife can significantly reduce prep time. So may I humbly suggest the … Continue reading A few good knives

Our vacation home

Last summer we refinanced our mortgage, and when the broker asked if we owned a second home, I answered, “Yes. We have a tent, and we can take it anywhere.” Sure, our home has its obvious disadvantages (namely a lack of AC and leaky windows in a rainstorm), but the benefits far outweigh them. Here … Continue reading Our vacation home

Beans: Try ’em, you’ll like ’em

You're going to have to trust me on this one. Even if you don't normally like the texture or taste of beans, you will like these two dishes. The first features mung beans. They're a small, round green bean that packs a giant nutty flavor. Best of all, they cook quickly and don't require a … Continue reading Beans: Try ’em, you’ll like ’em

Buying in bulk (and I don’t mean at Sam’s)

With food prices on the rise, we common folks are spending a higher percentage of our income at the grocery than ever before. But try your hand at the bulk food bins, and--if you're anything like me--you'll feel like a kid in a candy store. There are dozens of bins, full of healthy, easy-to-prepare foods … Continue reading Buying in bulk (and I don’t mean at Sam’s)