Okay, What Was I Thinking?

I don't have to do stuff like this anymore.

I'm not talking about making the decision to run a half-marathon when I was wheezing at the top of our stairs. Nor am I talking about the questionable sanity of doing said half--which, after dropping my training schedule, I re-christened the "ha!"-marathon--in a freezing downpour. No, the only thing … [Read more...]

A (Painful) Step In the Right Direction.

Chilled--and-thrilled--to the bone.

Yesterday, I completed my first half-marathon. Thirteen-point-one miles at 46.7 years of age, in 46 degree weather with rain that ranged from appropriately spring-like to downright Biblical. I couldn’t run the whole race, and I hadn’t intended to. The last race I’d run was a 5k over twenty years … [Read more...]

That Ol’ White Devil: Can I Break Up With Sugar?

One of my dearest friends, Francesco Clark, is a skincare guru. So when he says something, I tend to lean in close and lissen up. Recently, though, he said something kind of shocking, especially for a person who loves chocolate as much as I do: He said sugar is bad for the skin. Shut. The. Heck. … [Read more...]

Today’s Obsessions: Cake and Chefs

Just a quick note to say hello because you all know I'm on a deadline for the additional chapters for Cherries in Winter: The Paperback. (Don't worry, that is so not the book's new official title.) Here's the latest: * I'm writing about cake, one of my favorite subjects (see above). * My Jamie … [Read more...]

Can I finish anything I start? (Besides breakfast, I mean…)


In December, I announced rather publicly that I was going to do the More Half-Marathon in April. I dutifully (and unusually, for me) printed out the training schedule and started following it to the letter. I discovered that I loved running, got totally high off it, was able to eat more (yay!), and … [Read more...]

In Praise of Accomplices

"You're not making me run with you, lady."

If you're having trouble sticking to those New Year's Resolutions (and if you said, "What New Year's Resolutions?" I salute you), maybe you need to rope a friend into whatever crazy scheme you cooked up. That's one of my strategies, as you'll see here. As I've mentioned before, I'm training for the … [Read more...]

And now, a moment of gratitude

Hey, thanks for coming. Thank you for taking the time to visit this site. Thank you for reading Cherries in Winter and spending some time with my family, and thank you for telling me about your family stories. Thanks to all of you who wrote in to info@cherriesinwinter.com to share those stories … [Read more...]

Running Around Like a Sane Person

My grandparents' farm house in Saratoga Springs, around 1942. This would definitely have been challenging weather for half-marathon training.

The sleepy, restful holidays are most definitely ovah. Yesterday I got great news that LX New York, NBC's live-at-five style show, wants me to do a segment on Mom's Version of Great-Great Grandmother Matilde's Baked Pork Chops! This is verrrry exciting stuff. I suggested that recipe because it's … [Read more...]

Cookie Porn!

As I mentioned the other day, I'm in training to run/walk/shuffle or otherwise move through the More Magazine Half-Marathon this April 25. And as I also mentioned, this was a great way to burn off some cookies. A better way for me to bring less weight along for my morning runs would be to ease off a … [Read more...]

Burning (Off) the Cookies

"You're gonna need to join a gym if you want to train in this weather, my friend."

Hello fellow cookie lovers, and happy new year! As any of you who have read Cherries in Winter or visit this blog know, butter cookies have been my business card for months now. I've made the cookies for people who've read the book, who have reviewed it, for people who might read or review or even … [Read more...]