lemongrass taco pizza

Lemongrass Taco Pizza 4

  I am still obsessed with lemongrass. Up to now, it’s been mainly a fabulous marinade ingredient in my kitchen. Nothing wrong with that, except I just wasn’t in the mood for chicken last night. Tacos are a favorite go-to for last minute dinner plans, but I wasn’t feeling that […]


blue stone and crystal earrings

Make Your Own Earrings 3

The other weekend I found these pretty blue stones at a bead shop in Harvard Square. Their itty bitty size made them perfect for earrings. You know how sometimes the plans in your head don’t work out as easily in real life? It happens. After about 3 failed design attempts, and […]


fish tacos with salsa

Fish Tacos with Pineapple, Blackberry & Toasted Hazelnut Salsa 2

I can tell spring is close, even though I still see piles and piles of snow everywhere. Our 8+ feet is finally melting at last, and I can’t wait to put away my winter coat and forget what it looks like until next December.   Nothing reminds me more of […]


turkey swiss chard ravioli

Turkey & Swiss Chard Ravioli with Sage Cream Sauce 1

I was planning on creating a chicken broth based cream sauce with lemon, wine and garlic. But it was not meant to be. Oblivious to the fact that I was using light cream, and not heavy, I made a big fat sauce-fail instead. It started out fine, until I poured […]


cucumber cream cheese dip

St Patrick’s Day Cucumber & Cream Cheese Dip

    The past couple years on St Patrick’s Day, we’ve ended up making guacamole because it’s quick, easy, edible and green, sans food coloring. But after what happened last year, I decided to go in another direction.   We went last minute to the store (mistake #1) to grab […]


shredded brussel sprouts

Shredded Brussel Sprouts with Parmesan & Candied Walnuts 2

After using the last of my sundried tomatoes, I had a jarful of red tomato-soaked oil remaining. Instead of tossing it, we found some creative uses. Sautéing brussel sprouts is just one. Last week we made a pizza, and decided to brush the raw dough with the sundried tomato oil, […]


neapolitan baby booties

Crocheted Neapolitan Baby Booties

  The other day, I came across a bunch of photos of tiny baby booties. Right away I decided I needed to make some of my own, even though I’ve never made anything baby related. Ever. Many of them had little bows, tassles or pom-poms… which are cute, but don’t babies […]


grilled chicken satay

Grilled Chicken Satay

  Lemongrass is one of my favorite flavors. I would put it in every marinade if I could. I even have a lemongrass plant, although he has yet to produce a real stalk. Right now he looks like a pot of overgrown grass. (I don’t know why I assign genders to […]


rosehip seed oil & jasmine moisturizer

Rosehip Seed Oil & Jasmine Moisturizer 4

Rosehip seed oil has gotten a lot of attention lately for its anti-aging moisturizing properties, but it’s far from a new discovery.  I originally posted on rosehip seed oil last year. Back in 1983, researchers in Chile began studying it as a natural source of trans-retinoic acid, (vitamin A). If […]


chickpea crab cakes

Chickpea Crab Cakes

Despite growing up on the west coast, I’ve always refused to eat anything that came out of the ocean, except for a few varieties of fish. Some people call me a picky eater, but I think more accurately what I am is an ‘experienced’ eater, and therefore I know what I like! I […]