• Balancing Act

    May 28, 2013

    Balance is my muse and mantra this spring. Bringing myself to center when I find myself careening off to one side of the seesaw has become a daily practice. Moving house, regardless of distance, puts the most serene of us on the seesaw, and switching up coasts adds an extra frisson of ‘off kilter’...

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    Hazelnut Cream

    April 13, 2013

    That’s homemade Nutella to you and me. I saw this recipe and had to try it. As I ready myself and my daughter to take leave of Portland, Oregon, and start a new chapter in the coastal town of Portland, Maine, I am well-aware of the food landscape I am leaving behind. Besides Pinot...

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    Tropical Lentil Salad

    March 6, 2013

    Lentils may conjure up dull soups and austere diets. But don’t let that deter you. I made a delicious lentil salad the other night that gracefully bridged the gap between winter and summer. I was looking for a meal that was grounding and nourishing yet I am also craving some lighter flavors of a...

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    Rose Syrup

    February 15, 2013

    I am a lover of Valentine’s Day — unashamedly so. Bring on the conversation hearts, chocolate in all its forms, sweetly worded cards, flowers, dinner reservations and fixings for a home-cooked meal. This year marked the first year that my daughter opted out of sharing Valentine’s cards with her middle-school classmates. I was sad...

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    January 18, 2013

    I am reading Gretchen Rubin’s Happier at Home, her follow-up to The Happiness Project (which I did not read). It’s a good read. She lays out practical and useful strategies for increasing your present level of contentedness. What attracts me to her book is her personal and gently methodical approach to upping her contentedness...

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    The Sweetness of Tea

    January 11, 2013

    A recent sweet assignment by TEA Magazine had me covering all the sugary options available to tea lovers. Read it here and check out Tea Magazine — it’s a beautiful labor of love, headed up by the truly irrepressible Dan Bolton.

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    Happy Solstice!

    December 21, 2012

    It’s the darkest day of the year today. Each day following the Solstice brings us a little more light. I’ll welcome the light while appreciating the darker days that allow for quiet reflection and some fallow time to help reinvigorate the creative fires. These darker days of December found me in the kitchen baking,...

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    Pipelette: People are Talking

    December 3, 2012

    Thanks to all of you who came out to the DaVinci Arts Fair to indulge in some Pipelette treats! I loved seeing all of you, especially when outfitted with little cellophane packages! It was a big success, and I went home happily depleted of my stock save for four lone packages. A special nod...

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    DaVinci Arts Fair ~ Pipelette Launch

    November 27, 2012

    I am happy to launch Pipelette at DaVinci Arts Middle School Arts Fair this weekend, December 1-2. I will be selling a selection of sweets and savories. I hope to see you there! Hazelnut Brownies (gluten-free and gorgeous!) Lively Lemon Snaps (delicate sugar cookies with a snap of lemon) Cranberry Noels (a Christmas-like treat...

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    Cookie Contest

    October 31, 2012

    This time of year lights up my cooking ambitions like no other time of the year. Pumpkins, squashes, mushrooms, onions, apples, potatoes — the foundations of fall comfort food.  I was inspired by a woman in my French class who reports that she cooks a different meal every night of each month (she doesn’t...

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