Almost exactly 20 years ago, a boss gave me a copy of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. I am very proud of that book because it has never been opened. Not even a page. For all I know, it has an inscription that reads “For the young man who exemplifies each of these […]


It makes me cringe to see the prices they charge for a container of hummus at the grocery store. It’s much less expensive to make it yourself, it only takes 10 minutes and it tastes so fresh you won’t want store-bought hummus again. This will keep in the fridge for days but drizzle a little […]

Grilled asparagus with tarragon butter sauce

 “This is the dawning of the Age of Asparagus Age of Asparagus Asparagus! Asparagus!” I’m not sure what it is about this annual refrain that gets L so annoyed. I think it’s very clever and it makes for a delightful little ear worm that stays with you all day (you’ll see). No apologies to […]

How to make your own buttermilk

No buttermilk? No problem. Here’s a quick substitute that works like a charm (and you don’t have leftover buttermilk going to waste in the fridge). Simply add one tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice (I use white wine vinegar, but plain old white vinegar will do) to one cup of milk. Let it stand five […]

Eggs Benedict with chipotle Hollandaise sauce and Montreal smoked meat, two potato hash

[tweetmeme] This is Part Seven of my week-long celebration of eggs. I think I can squeeze in one more egg recipe before my kids call the child welfare agency and L follows through with her threat to become a vegan for Lent. As the French say, un oeuf is enough. So, let me push my […]

A search for secret sauce

Sometimes lucky  little things happen that change everything for the better. Things like meeting a life partner at a party that you weren’t planning to go to but got dragged to anyway; or having an errant bullet stopped by the bible you always carry in your breast pocket; or, better yet, discovering a spectacular new […]

Chipotles in adobo sauce

Dried chipotles – smoked jalapeno peppers – are the ugly ducklings of the pantry. Of all the other ingredients I have on hand, only sundried tomatoes come close to looking this inedible. But just open the jar and you know immediately that these are swans. Just the smell of this exotic, smoky, slightly fruity pepper […]