I was talking to my cousin who lives in the UK, and she told me a shocking fact: they might not have canned pumpkin in stores there. They have whole, real pumpkin-pumpkins, the kinds with stems and skins and all that, but no “solid pack pumpkin” like all our American recipes call for. At least, […]

How would your life be different if you could take your first bite of lunch without a stitch of worry? What if you could consider seconds without also considering your waistline? What if you could be trusted in the same room with a Halloween sack full of Reese’s Peanut Butter cups? Oh, maybe that last […]

“Noooo! NooOOOo!!” I shrieked to myself. Take a little trip with me. It’s c. 2004, and I’m standing at the vending machine in my high school dining hall in my gray New Balance tennis shoes and my gray hoodie. Really, I’m hunching, I guess I should say, because as I reached down to get my […]

Today I had one of those “oops” moments. Those moments that people talk about later by writing this: Take foot. Insert into mouth. Okay, it wasn’t that bad. But do you ever catch yourself doing or saying something you thought you were beyond? Like implying on live radio that woman = emotional basketcase, or contemplating […]

I’ll tell you why I didn’t want to be vegan. Some vegan food is just too weird. Vegans are SERIOUS about being vegan. I’ll address these in order, then. So, vegan food is weird. I’m not really talking about recipes, like the obsession with dates (okay, I AM on board with that), and the way […]

It was so charming. The decoration in the basement-level café evoked a cross between a grotto and a market. A glass display case held tiramisus and Oranginas, and light leaked in from the little basement windows near the ceiling. Shelves on the walls displayed those Italian “nona’s” cookies, lots of stick crackers, and bags of […]

“What is pumpkin, really?” he asked. I sliced off a giant chunk of this bundt cake and watched my husband examine the extra can of solid pack pumpkin I had left out on the counter. My eyes went all narrow (like they do) and I said, “What do you mean?” turning my head slightly to […]

I’m going to stop making zucchini and banana breads soon, I promise. (Maybe? They’re so good!) For now, I’m on a late-summer bender – because it’s Texas, and zucchini is still sprouting up as if the fall equinox never happened. Believe me, I’m ready to move on to pumpkin and pecans, but zucchini is here, […]

I am the worst vegan ever. Let me tell you about the moment I realized it. A couple weeks ago when I visited my old pals in Boston, my friend Kerri and I spent a Monday at the coast. It took us an hour to drive to Manchester-by-the-Sea (real town name), and after adventures in […]

These are the reasons I think we should always have cake on Mondays: 1. If you’re having a rough Monday, cake will make it better. 2. If you’re having a stellar Monday, you can have some cake to celebrate. 3. Monday is a day, and cake tastes great on all the days. And since it’s […]