It was a pinch myself moment. Yesterday I taught my first class at Elawa Farm, the beloved and beautifully restored gentleman’s farm and garden in the heart of Lake Forest. Elawa’s mission is to enrich our community as a unique center for hands-on learning, and to inspire an appreciation for gardening, healthy living and historic preservation.Continue reading
Gigantic, pillowy snowflakes cartwheeled from Sunday afternoon’s sky, blanketing the landscape with a quiet that reflected my mood. Hours earlier, our Thanksgiving house guests had departed, I’d dropped our children at O’Hare for their return flights to school, and my husband had scooted off for a business trip. The house echoed with emptiness.
This is one of my favorite summer-into-autumn dishes, when the low-slung sun and cooler nights are teasing the coming season but the days’ warmth reminds us that summer isn’t quite ready to let go. Hardy winter squash made its first appearance at the farmers’ market today, giving me serious cravings for the creamy miso and ginger laced soba noodles, crispy carrot chips, juicy tart apples, and sweet roasted squash in this recipe. Continue reading
There was almost no greater treat when I was a kid than spending the night at my grandparents’ house. I lived for digging in their massive organic garden, listening to Danny Kaye’s magical Hans Christian Anderson recordings, and the creamy, homemade honey ice cream they churned! When breakfast time rolled around, I’d slide into the big booth in their kitchen while my “health food”- (as it was dubbed in the 70’s) loving grandmother made soft-boiled eggs seasoned with savory, nutrient-packed sea kelp served in bright fiestaware bowls. Continue reading
I know what you’re thinking. Zucchini? Apricots?? Please, please hear me out.
Something magical happens when you shave vegetables rather than chop them. Zucchini, which can be bland as cardboard if left to its own devices, will fall into crisp-tender ribbons and soak up whatever you choose to drizzle over it. Continue reading
Did you burst out of the gates with a new-year-new-you attitude on New Year’s Day? Full disclosure: I’ve lost my resolve as January comes to a close. Our family just returned from a ski trip to Telluride where we indulged in everything from an in-room dinner of beef short ribs over mushroom risotto to a mountain top lunch of cassoulet (seen below) at Bon Vivant. ‘Dry January’ came to a screeching halt as well, but I digress.
Ahhh, spring has arrived! Of course we passed the official day seven weeks ago, but it doesn’t truly feel like spring until lilacs perfume the air and tender, pencil thin asparagus bundles appear in the market. Now the lilacs are blissfully bursting and the asparagus, though available year round, is at its best right this very minute. Continue reading
Five weeks ago exactly, we dropped our fourteen-year-old daughter off to board at a fine arts high school where she is majoring in ballet. My heart aches when I think of how much I miss her, but the pure joy in her voice every time we speak says it all. She’s in the right place. Continue reading
Our Sunday morning breakfast routine had fallen into a serious rut. Eggs (scrambled or poached), bacon, toast. Every week. Sometimes we’d tuck our scrambled eggs into warm corn tortillas with Cholula and cheddar or swap out sausage for the bacon, but it was almost always a variation on the theme. Then it came to me. Continue reading
Oh my, has it been a doozy of a week. We had a major plumbing debacle in our home, leaving us without water (save for one bathroom) and necessitating countless hours of incredibly unpleasant work. Physically exhausting, yes, but emotionally exhausting too as I was faced with sorting through dozens and dozens of boxes containing my mother’s belongings. I just wasn’t ready. Continue reading