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...]

Real Pleasures: The Sunday Newspaper

This antique item is a Sunday newspaper - the real thing, not the online version. One of the exciting features is the fact that you don't have to wait for it to load.

Recently, my husband Nathan subscribed to the New York Times online. Newspapers, with their "happened yesterday" headlines, seem to be on their way to extinction; people get their news online or on TV. But The Times's online incarnation has creative interactive features and videos, so it seemed like … [Read more...]

Hey, What’s for Breakfast?

My vegan lemon poppyseed cake--not a bad way to start the day.

I've been very intrigued by New York Times food critic Mark Bittman's story about eating vegan during the day and whatever he wanted at night. He did it for environmental and health reasons, and in addition to helping to save the planet with the power of his plate, he ended up losing about 35 lbs. … [Read more...]

Hotcha! Another Reason to Banish the Scale!

Note lack of scale under feet.

If you stopped by to visit in the later part of last year, you'll recall that I declared November to be "Banish the Scale" month. I mean, some of the best food opportunities of the year were coming; couldn't we just enjoy our stuffing (the food and the action) for the holidays and get back to those … [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...]