Tell Me “No Cook” and I’ll Cook. Maybe.

Kitchen frustrations

It’s possible I may have the distinction of being the only person who’s been reading Bon Appetit for 30 years without trying a single recipe. Well, that’s a small exaggeration. I’ve tried a handful for better or worse, but my kids have always told me, “You’re better at the basics than when you try to go gourmet, Mom.”


Avoid the sweat. Keep them wet.

Sprinkler Drinkers

Two of the most annoying words ever spoken by kids with great imaginations, plenty to play with, and backyards that beckon: “I’m booorrrred.” Hot, bored kids can have a chilling effect on any parent’s mood.

Water is a natural, plentiful mood elevator. That is, unless it’s preceded by a question or request along the lines of, “Please take a shower and wash your hair,” or “Did you load the dishwasher?” So let it flow in novel ways when the heat is on.


Remembering Where Old Recipes Came From


Our family recipe files are stained by tomato paste and smeared with olive oil. I came across a favorite recipe given to me by a favorite friend whom I haven’t seen in the many years since she moved to California. The recipe was on an index card, written in her own hand. “Add sour cream and parsely (fresh).” At this point she had written “Yummy!!!” Judy was always a three exclamation point person.


How Did You Make This Dish? - Cooking Secrets

Family Eating A meal,mealtime Together

My mother was a terrific housewife. But in the early sixties, when she wanted to go to work “outside the home” as we now say, she asked my father’s permission.” She assured him that nothing would change: His shirts would still be crisply ironed, the house would remain immaculate and dinner would still be on the table promptly at six.