Berry Season: Strawberries and blueberries and raspberries, oh my!


Berry season is my favorite time of the year.  You know the Staples commercial for back to school, where the parents frolic through Staples singing It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year ?  Well that’s how I feel about berry season.  I mean just look at the snacks you can have in the spring. The ultimate fruit salad, all good stuff and no filler: Strawberries and kiwis: tasty and colorful.   Raspberries and peaches, just about the best springtime combo   The only thing that makes berry season less than perfect this year is that I haven’t found a … Continue reading

A Salad for Tax Season

When I was young and foolish, I actually liked doing my taxes. I did them on paper, with the little workbook next to me, adding up everything in pencil with an eraser close at hand. After I had checked through everything, and gleefully totaled up the amount of my refund, I would happily copy everything over onto the real forms in definitive pen. I felt grown up, and I was proud of myself for deciphering the tax code and its truly mystifying instructions and subparts. Perhaps I had more time, or more patience then. I know I certainly had fewer … Continue reading

An Ode to Kale

kale salad with diced apple and extra sharp cheddar

Did kale recently become trendy? I have no recollection of kale from childhood. Of course, my mom got us to eat vegetables by hiding them in cake (the chocolate and zucchini combination is perennially smart and sneaky), so it’s perhaps unsurprising that kale and I were unacquainted. Still, lately kale parades about as the new celebrity vegetable, getting prime space in the grocery store, and even magazine glamour shots. For the last year or so I’ve been buying all the kale hype, eating it up if you will (or won’t. I understand). I introduced myself to kale by finally climbing … Continue reading