Autumn Essentials

Call me basic, but I’ve been dreaming of autumn since August. As a kid, I never understood why ‘grown-ups’ were so anxious for summer to end but, let’s face it, I’m basically a grandma and autumn gives me the perfect opportunity to cozy up with a flannel blanket, drink hot tea, and watch Mountaineer football. Because I have so many cool weather must-haves, I thought it only made sense to...

Amateur Chef, Expert Eater

I have two cooking “styles”–I’m either a lazy mofo and eat mac and cheese with sliced hotdogs, or I go nuts and cook absolutely everything. I’m talking, “pull out all of your kitchen gadgets and finest ingredients and dirty every dish in this house”. When the weather breaks and the farmers markets are back in business, I troll the booths for ramps, strawberries and rhubarb. In an effort to branch...

28 and Feelin’ Great

Most folks spend NYE drunkenly reflecting on the resolutions they did or didn’t keep throughout the year. Then, just before the clock strikes midnight, they find themselves creating a mental list of their goals for the New Year. Lose weight. Quit smoking. Pay off debt.   I find myself in a similar situation every July, just as my birthday is approaching and we’ve officially reached that midyear point. I take...

The Cool List: July 5, 2016

Farmers’ Market Pasta I was given this recipe by one of my vegetarian coworkers years ago and I always find myself looking forward to summer so that I can make this dish. Simple, fresh ingredients and very little cooking allow the flavors to shine through and I’ll take any excuse to use ingredients from my garden. If you want to make it a little (ok, a lot) healthier, omit the...

The Cool List: May 27, 2016

Grace & Frankie Dare I say that this is my favorite show of all time? Yes, I dare. About a year ago, I was sucked into season 1 of Grace & Frankie based off of a recommendation from my good friend, Netflix. I knew it was true love the first time I heard “fuck” slip out of Frankie’s mouth. I immediately professed my love for the show to friends and...

Sorry, I can’t. My plants need me.

Living in B-City, you’re lucky if you have a patch of grass (or concrete slab) to call your own. We’re very fortunate to have a moderately sized backyard, which has proven necessary for our dog, summer soirées and my urban garden. Growing up, I detested helping my mom tend to our garden. It was hot, there were bees and I would have much preferred reading a book in an air-conditioned...