Red Wine Vinaigrette

We were a salad family. My parents put salad on the table every night for dinner. Whether or not we had other vegetables, no matter what the main dish was. Every. Single. Night. There was salad. I interviewed my mom about this recently, asking if salad was an intentional point of parenting with her and […]

Magic Green AP Sauce

I haven’t been in school for over ten years, much less in full-on “Back 2 Skool” mode. And yet, like clockwork, every September rolls around and I’m eager to get back to the mellow routine of whatever a schoolyear without anyone in actual school might feel like. (We do call Jack’s wonderful daycare “baby school,” […]

Real Weeknight Pasta

I can tell you the number of times I have Googled “weeknight pasta.” That number is zero. Why? Because I am a person in the world, I have access to a computer, and I know how these things go. You’re either telling me to put something, perhaps even pasta itself, in a crockpot (NO), or […]

My Mom’s Meatballs

Y’all. This has been a rough week. I hope you’ve been holding your loved ones tightly, doing good where you can, and inspiring peace in your small ways. If you’ve gathered around a table this week (or even sidled up to the microwave), I’m willing to bet a lot of you have dipped in to […]

Summer Salad with Herbs, Fresh Mozzarella, and Snap Peas

Last weekend, the weather here was peak summer. Full sun, 90-degree temps, humid, with infrequent, apathetic breezes ambling across my parents’ backyard. We kept cool in strategic shaded spots, including under the tree by the patio, its branches starting low, almost at ground level, and reaching out at a decidedly gentle, un-tree-like incline. You will […]

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