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Back to School Jitters…Cornflake Crumb Chicken

I’ve been unusually anxious over the past few weeks. You know, your typical can’t eat, eat too much, yell too much, stay away from me or you’ll be in time-out for no reason, and just a general feeling of unease. Didn’t quite know what it was until it hit me while watching a Staples commercial […]

A crock of New Orleans style blackbeans and rice

Random Thoughts….Rice ‘n Beans

Some questions I’ve already been asked this week: “Mom, how come birds don’t get electrocuted when they sit on power lines?” “Mom, when can I use Teen Spirit so my underarms won’t smell?” “Mom, why does your car sometimes look like a homeless person’s?” “Mom, how come Quincy licks his privates?” “Mom, when can I […]

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Happy Valentine’s Day! Eat Something PINK!

I’m sitting at my second office (Panera Bread) doing what I do best — procrastinating and watching other people. It’s an extremely productive way to waste time. Here come two 30-somethings dressed in jeans and cute tops. C’mon, give me something to chew on. No, I’m not interested in hearing about your cookie exchange. Next. […]

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Paging All Diners…Chicken Lettuce Wraps

The attraction of suburbanites to chain restaurants never ceases to amaze me. It’s like a magnet. What is it about a 1500 calorie oil infused Bloomin’ Onion that is just so damn enticing? Or the magic ingredient in the spinach artichoke dip that keeps people slathering it on bottomless buckets of tortilla chips? Seriously, on […]

Remember that George Forman Grill from college? It really works.

Everything In Its Place

There’s something about The Container Store that gives me inner peace, despite the fact that everything is triple the price of what I’d typically spend on a piece of plastic. Maybe it’s the smell. Or maybe it’s the color coordination of the flatware trays, cylindrical cereal tubes, snappy lunch gadgets, bamboo closet organizers or the […]

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Card Me…Sandra’s Superior Grilled Chicken

I’m not a card-carrying member of much but I do carry a lot of cards. Mostly in the form of Nordstrom, American Express, Starbucks and Jersey Mike’s (one more sub and I get a free sandwich!). Flaunting my membership affiliations isn’t something I typically do (save the occasional single school magnet) so I’m always a […]

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Back to Reality…Spinach Artichoke Dip

There’s nothing that’ll catapult you back to reality after the holidays more than this: All that time and energy spent picking out just the right tree, carefully placing it in the perfect spot in your home, hand picking ornaments, coordinating wrapping paper and ribbons, for what? Just to be tossed out in the street like […]

aroz con pollo

Nomadic Musings

Being a freelancer is a bit like being a nomad in the desert. You’re always wandering around setting up your tent, working on all kinds of projects with all sorts of interesting (feel free to interpret liberally) people until the job is done, and then you move on. You’re also a bit of a chameleon, […]

Fried things cure all guilt.

Festival of Lights…Latkes

Hanukkah. It’s the holiday of lights. Let me say that again. Hanukkah. Chanukkah. Or is it Chanukah? Hanukah? Whatever. It’s the HOLIDAY. OF. LIGHTS. So why does my house look like this? When my neighbors’ houses look like this? If my Jewish guilt wasn’t enough to keep me up at night now I have to […]

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Whine Pairings…Stuffed Mushrooms

I love going to fine restaurants where food is paired with the perfect wine. There’s just something about having a professional direct your alcoholic intake that’s so sophisticated. Makes the food taste better and makes me feel smart. For instance, a white flaky fish baked with capers, lemon and bread crumbs is delightful (there goes […]

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