Life-Affirming Macaroons

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There are times when I just can't seem to blow dry my bangs so that they cover the giant "L" on my forehead. That's when I make these macaroons, which are so foolproof, easy, and awesome that they restore my will to live. Yes, they're that good. The original recipe came from More Magazine and was … [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...]

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...]

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...]

New Year’s Resolutions: For ‘Em or Against ‘Em?

I used to make New Year's Resolutions every year, and they were so typical I won't even bother boring you with any details. Let's just say I hit all the classics involving self-improvement, and let's just not say how the gym membership attendance would lapse severely by the end of February. A few … [Read more...]