Happy Meatless Monday!

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I've been mentioning Meatless Monday a lot lately, and I'm happy to announce that this little blog of mine will soon be joining the roster of fine blogs that support the MM movement! Why go meatless on Mondays? Lots of great reasons, starting with you: reducing consumption of meat on just one day … [Read more...]

Cooking to Lose Weight? Totally!

Okay, is this not the most beautiful heirloom tomato ever? (Slice one ripe tomato, drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, top with shredded basil and crumbled feta cheese. Healthy, not fattening, and da bomb delicious.)

Two things I love to talk about: food, and losing weight. Usually they don't go together, but I'm a big believer in the Reese's Peanut Butter Cup theory of joining seemingly unrelated things and getting something great out out of it. And what could be better than eating and losing weight? (Okay, so … [Read more...]

I Heart Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution

Here's my latest post on mediaelites.com about Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution. I'd tell you all about it, but then I'd be repeating myself, and nobody needs that. If the blog doesn't come up on the main page, do a little search, please. Maybe even leave a little comment on mediaelites? It would be … [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...]

Where Am I?

No more baking this week! I have to write!

Sorry no post yesterday, and it wasn't just because I was overcome with advance excitement about Jamie Oliver's new Food Revolution miniseries. Although certainly I could pull a near faint over this. I heart Jamie, I heart his Food Revolution cookbook major (the salmon stir-fry last night: to die … [Read more...]

I Miss (Being) the Merry Recluse

I'm supposed to be writing additional chapters for the paperback version of Cherries in Winter, which will be out in mid-October. However, I've been doing everything but that, and I can't even blame it on procrastination, the only sport at which writers excel. No, this is plain old garden variety … [Read more...]

I Heart Week, Day 3: I Heart “To Thine Own Self, Get Real”

I was thinking about Nana this morning. She was so self-possessed; she really knew herself, was comfortable in her own skin, made decisions and stuck with them because she knew her truth. She wasn't wishy-washy and limp-noodle-y like I am. I aspire to be the kind of woman Nana was--mature, honest, … [Read more...]

I Heart Week, Day 2: I Heart No-Brainers

Anything that makes my life easier works for me. And sometimes, the advice I read seems like something I might have thought of myself--if only I were a little saner and taking a breath every couple of minutes. Here are a few things I've found that have taken the pain out of thinking for me, and … [Read more...]

We interrupt this ding-dang Recession for some good news…

I know you've all been thrilled about reading the saga of Bella, the beagle who was so laid back she got laid off from her job as a rabbit hunter--this Resesh is so cruel! Even lovely beagles are affected. But I've come across little bits and pieces of hope, actual good news, in the thick of this … [Read more...]