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Best Misadventure Ever

July 23, 2010

We spent yesterday traipsing around downtown Buenos Aires, having the best misadventure of our trip. Plan A: Martin takes Ian and some of the older cousins to an art museum downtown, while I stay home with the girls. Except it was a beautiful day, and the kids were going stir crazy. So… Plan B: We [...]

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Yak & Yeti: Like a Newborn Baby

May 26, 2010

For Rio’s birthday dinner, we went to the new Indian place around the corner, Yak & Yeti. By “around the corner” I mean in Ball Sq., our lovely little very slowly growing corner of Somerville. By “new” I mean, they opened their doors for business for the very first time on the same day Rio [...]

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What Should My Garden Grow?

March 25, 2010

We played outside all day, remaking the garden walls and prepping the beds. Yes, I know we should have done it three weeks ago, but. But. It’s done now. This weekend, I’ll plant some Stuff. But what? Last year we had mad success with peas and sunflowers, and just middling love from everything else. We [...]

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The $1 Family Meal

March 10, 2010

My husband is a great cook, and prepares most of our family meals. He’s not one of these food show followers who makes a different gourmet recipe every night of the week with the rare vegetables he picked up at the farmer’s market on his way home. He’s more of an intuitive cook. A guy [...]

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Serena vs. Nori

December 29, 2009

In the further adventures of Serena and food: we went to a friend’s house this evening where they were making sushi. We offered her some and she complained that it was stinky in her nose and turned her face away. She pretended to be shy, and demanded to be taken into another room and read [...]

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December 7, 2009

Serena is becoming quite the artist. She bit this pancake into the shape of an elephant and then had it walk around the table. Who says you can’t play with your food?

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You ate the bride’s bouquet?!

November 11, 2009

Last month, while the world celebrated World Food Day, I attended a good friend’s wedding, and, with help from the rest of the wedding party, raucously ate the bride’s bouquet. Eating her bouquet? My friend, concerned about the environmental impact of the cut flower industry, carried a beautiful bunch of flowering kale down the aisle. [...]

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Security theater at the airport

October 30, 2009

I’m in Georgia for the weekend at a retreat. Everyone is cooking a meal: I volunteered to make lentil soup. Because I was unsure of the grocery shopping situation on this end, I brought the ingredients with me. Which led to this conversation with a TSA agent: Me: I have a can of tomatoes in [...]

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October 24, 2009

‘I think I feel a bit like going for a walk,’ Rio said because she totally talks like that. She is five going on Jane Austen. ‘Great!’ says I much less suavely, because I totally talk like I have not had a solid night of sleep in six years. It’s amazing the kids ever learned [...]

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Making carbon footprint part of a product’s packaging

October 23, 2009

Imagine having to face the climate impact of your greasy take-out as you place your order? Or seeing the carbon footprint of your cookies clearly labelled alongside the calorie count on the back of the package in the grocery aisle? The NYT this week reports on an experiment in Sweden doing exactly that. The Swedes [...]

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