I have one word to sum up 2020 and 2021 - Kuchisabishii. It's Japanese for "eating when you’re not hungry but you eat because your mouth is lonely." My mouth got so lonely so often that I gained 20 pounds of pandemic weight. Is there a word for cooking when your heart is … [Read more...] about What’s Your Resolution for 2022?
Gently warmed and slathered with butter, this cranberry bread tastes like Christmas morning to me. The flavor is sweet yet tart, and the look beautiful thanks to the cranberries studded throughout. My mother makes this cranberry bread pretty much every Christmas. The idea is … [Read more...] about Recipe: Mom’s Cranberry Bread
There's a reason why I love peppermint bark that begins with a confession: I don't like chocolate. I don't loathe it, I just don't love it. This news always takes people by surprise. Somehow by the mere fact of my gender, it's assumed that I must immediately be in love with all … [Read more...] about Recipe: Easy Peppermint Bark
Food, particularly meat, has become more expensive, thanks to the pandemic. Supply chain issues, packing plant outbreaks, it just adds up over time. Buying turkey pieces for stock last week, I experienced some sticker shock. Seriously, $4 per pound for turkey necks? For a couple … [Read more...] about How to Cut Up a Whole Chicken
Hosting a holiday dinner can feel overwhelming. This is especially true if you're a novice cook, or frankly, if you haven't had a gathering of more than your pod since the start of the pandemic. All that food, the dishes, the cleaning, the table decor... where to start? I'm here … [Read more...] about No Stress Guide to Hosting Holiday Dinner