Nana’s Fabulous 50/50 Diet

Kristen McMenamy

I love food. I love to eat. Taste, temperature, texture - all of it is such a pleasure. Here's what I don't love: buying new jeans in a larger size. My "magic" pants - the black slacks that fit me no matter what - stretching dangerously at the seams when I'm just standing in them, so sitting down in … [Read more...]

Happy Thanksgiving!

Aunt Marie and Nana, Cherries in Winter

My gratitude list today: My family * amazing friends * all the love and support we received during the flood * we didn't lose too much * generators, gas cans, & extension cords * great neighbors, all pitching in and helping each other * getting the power back! * yoga * my fabulous teachers … [Read more...]

Cherries in Winter: The First Chapter

Cherries, chapter 1!

As part of my 3rd anniversary celebration of Cherries in Winter, and as a teaser for those gifts I mentioned (coming soon; stay tuned!), here is the first chapter of Cherries. I hope you enjoy it, and please leave a comment to let me know what you think! CHERRIES IN WINTER: CHAPTER 1 January … [Read more...]

Cookie Month Recipe #7: Grammy Martin's Oatmeal Crunchies

The Oatmeal Series continues with this grandmother recipe, and you know I love both oatmeal and recipes from a Nana, Grammy, Grandma, Abuela, Bubby, or any other grandmotherly type! Ingredients: 1 cup flour 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 cup regular … [Read more...]

Cookie Month Recipe #2: Nana’s Italian Cookies

This Nana isn't the Nana I wrote about in Cherries in Winter, but someone else's grandmother, who happened to be a terrific baker. These cookies are dense, crumbly classics. Cookies: 1/2 cup butter 2 eggs 1/2 cup sugar 1/4 cup milk 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 2 cups flour 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 1-2 … [Read more...]