Kale Salad


First of all, thank you to everybody who filled out my blog survey question: “Have you ever bought anything at the store and then served it to guests and said you made it yourself?” According to the results, six respondents said “yes,” 26 said “no,” and one said “I’ll take it to my grave.” While […]

Watermelon Gazpacho


Photo by Kyra Socolof I have been cooking and baking like crazy, but oddly enough it’s not been for happy occasions. From barbecued chicken, roasted potatoes and corn salad to brownies and biscotti, food has been sailing out of my kitchen and winding up at the homes of various friends, one whose husband just had […]

Carolina Pulled Pork Barbecue


I flew to Durham, NC a few weeks ago to attend my Duke 25th college reunion. Although I had been a little nervous about going to my first reunion in a quarter of a century, I ended up having a blast. Some of my closest friends and about 20 of my sorority sisters were there, […]



Ever since my older son, Sam, came home from my neighbor’s house raving about the chicken mole he’d had for dinner, I’ve been trying to make the dish myself. I should say I’ve been trying to make an edible version of the dish. It’s been close to a year now and I’ve prepared no less […]



I started to ponder what dessert I was going to bring to the Super Bowl party about a week before the big event. “What about lemon squares?” I asked myself. “Maybe I could make a chocolate cheesecake, or get fancy and whip up a tiramisu?” My plan was to make my dessert of choice a […]



My first encounter with kale took place two weeks ago and I’ve been traumatized ever since. While I promise you a wonderful recipe in the end, please enjoy my foibles on my road to kale soup perfection. Between careless mistakes and bad luck, it took me three times to get the soup nailed down, but […]

Apricot Season


I have apricots on the brain. I think the reason why is that I just finished reading a book called The Man in a White Sharkskin Suit. It’s a memoir written by Lucette Lagnado about growing up in a wealthy Jewish family in Egypt in the mid-20th century and then immigrating to America because of […]

Trifecta of Garden Greens


Last Saturday, I woke up a little before 8 a.m. and the first thing that came to my mind was that the local farmers’ markets were now open for business. It had been a long winter and spring of having to go to the supermarket for my “fresh” produce and I started to get excited […]