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Indian Spiced Meatballs

January 31, 2016 | By | Reply More
Indian Spiced Meatballs

One of the things that got me googly-eyed over Mr. President when we met is that he knows how to cook. One of our early dates was Thanksgiving. He cooked the entire meal from start to finish including a butterflied roasted turkey, all the fixings, and a from-scratch apple pie, all served up elegantly in his […]

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Pasta with Butter Roasted Tomatoes

January 23, 2016 | By | Reply More
Pasta with Butter Roasted Tomatoes

What can be said for tomatoes in winter? Nothing good, really. When I think of winter tomatoes, I think of mealy, pink, flavorless wedges atop bland iceberg lettuce salads at crappy restaurants. They’re the hallmark of bad salads served everywhere. Almost all of the sugars in a fresh tomato are produced within the last couple […]

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Book Review: Big Magic

January 19, 2016 | By | Reply More
Book Review: Big Magic

I am not a “resolutioner” when the new year rolls around because I have been a frequent victim of goal overload. However, I do look at each January as a time for reflection, introspection, and inspiration. If you need some of that right now, have I got a great read for you! I recently finished […]

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Mocha Banana Breakfast Smoothie

January 15, 2016 | By | Reply More
Mocha Banana Breakfast Smoothie

We’re firmly planted in mid-January, the time I suspect 75% of New Year’s resolutions have already failed. Why do we continue to fall short on our well-intentioned resolutions? There are so many reasons, but I think it’s because so many of them are far too ambitious. I gave up on making resolutions years ago, particularly […]

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Can Growing Food Save You Money?

January 12, 2016 | By | Reply More
Can Growing Food Save You Money?

During the spring of 2014, my first year with the Tomato Envy garden, one of our most successful crops was lettuce. A crisp organically-grown green salad was part of almost every dinner. The Prez joked that every one of those salads cost about $50. Being in the banking business, he’s always pulling out the calculator to […]

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Book Review: The Beekeeper’s Bible

January 8, 2016 | By | Reply More
Book Review: The Beekeeper’s Bible

There are few things I love more in winter than diving into a great book while lounging on the sofa wrapped in a blanket and, every so often, taking a break to peek out the window at the softly falling snow and taking a sip of heavy red wine. This year in the Philadelphia suburbs, winter […]

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DIY Lip Balm with Vanilla and Cardamom

January 2, 2016 | By | Reply More
DIY Lip Balm with Vanilla and Cardamom

Winter, also known for me as the official season of dry skin and chapped lips, is finally here. The air outside is cold and dry and cranking up the heat in the house makes the indoor air just as dry. The result can by ashy, dry skin and perpetually parched lips. Before you grab that tube of commercial lip […]

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Meet the Newest Plotnick!

December 29, 2015 | By | 2 Replies More
Meet the Newest Plotnick!

This past holiday season, Mr. President and I decided not to exchange gifts and instead, spring for a really good coffee maker. And a dog. We are now the proud parents of Princess Lucy Punkin’ Head of Castle Plotnick. She was named “Lucky” by the shelter, but we think we’re the lucky ones! Lucy is a classically […]

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Warm Lentil Salad with Roasted Beets and Goat Cheese

December 12, 2015 | By | Reply More
Warm Lentil Salad with Roasted Beets and Goat Cheese

Recently when I served this warm lentil salad to Mr. President for dinner, he said, “If every salad was like this, I could totally be vegetarian!” That’s when I said, “Dude, there’s bacon in here.” So, yeah, there’s bacon, and it is fabulous! We eat a lot of salads in our house, and I’m always looking […]

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Cleaning Schedule: Housekeeping Made Simple

December 9, 2015 | By | Reply More
Cleaning Schedule: Housekeeping Made Simple

I am in the middle of a subtle shift in my life and priorities. Recently, I pondered whether frugality and the everyday decadence I love so much can co-exist. I am starting to feel certain they can. When I think about my busy career, some things strike me as ironic. For instance, people work hard to buy late-model […]

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