Creating Balance In Food and Life

I've been doing a lot of thinking about balance lately. Balance in life, in food, at work, in relationships. It really is the key to everything. What sparked all this was two simple question I continue to get, especially lately: "Are you a vegan?" and "Are you gluten free?" The simple answer is, "No, I'm a vegetarian and have been for more than a decade, but I have a gluten intolerance." The complicated answer is, "well, kinda of." ...more
Thanks, gals! I wish everyone were as understand as you two :) more

Our 9/11 Stories: Share Your Posts About September 11, 2001

Editor's note: Last year, we called for you to share your posts on the events of September 11, 2001. More than 200 bloggers responded. We're honoring this tradition again this year, and invite you to read these bloggers' stories and contribute your own. -- Julie We've seen a LOT of stories in the media about the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and United Flight 93. We've also seen, and maybe felt, that many of us are sick of the story in the media. ...more

Answering the Proverbial Political Question

 “Are you better off now than you were four years ago?”It’s a simple question, which is why political strategists on any side like to use it in every election – whether a candidate is running for mayor or president. But, as I pondered it over the past two weeks during the conventions, I learned it’s not always a simple answer.Four years ago I was working as a news editor for a major cable television network in Manhattan. I was in the process of looking at houses in an upstate New York neighborhood where I had always wanted to live....more
 @scenebygina  Good to hear! You're right, food in NYC is expensive ..  more

Answering the Proverbial Political Question

 “Are you better off now than you were four years ago?”It’s a simple question, which is why political strategists on any side like to use it in every election – whether a candidate is running for mayor or president. But, as I pondered it over the past two weeks during the conventions, I learned it’s not always a simple answer.Four years ago I was working as a news editor for a major cable television network in Manhattan. I was in the process of looking at houses in an upstate New York neighborhood where I had always wanted to live....more
 @JennaHatfield That's great to hear, Jenna. Good luck with selling your house! more

Running Into a Bear on Prospect Mountain in Lake George

When my Aunt Cynthia, who has been coming to the Adirondacks since she was a little girl, came to see my house for the first time, she joked about bears in my back yard coming to get her. I laughed it off, and told her there are no bears in Lake George. She tilted her head to the right, gave me a skeptical eye and said something to the effect of, “don’t be so sure.”...more
 @Darcie  Thanks -- That number is good to know. We were so freaked out. My biggest fear is ... more

Bloggers Visit Connecticut and Offer You a Chance to Win!

I would love to do the whole Connecticut wine trail!  more

Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosted Red Velvet Cupcakes

I just love making homemade frosting for cupcakes, don't you? It's typically not as sweet, is much creamier and is made from *real* ingredients. That's not to say I don't cheat when I'm in a rush and use the stuff from the container, but when I have time, I'd much prefer to make my own. ...more
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I Took A Stand at the Rose Bowl Game--and Why I'll Never Go Again

This year, against my better judgment, I went to my first Rose Bowl game. Let me be clear: I don’t like football. I went because my daughter’s team, the celebrated Oregon Ducks, with their “Quack Attack” offense and stylish Nike uniforms, were playing the Wisconsin Badgers. I went because my fine feminist daughter, despite all that I have taught her, is an unrepentant fan. ...more
I give you so much credit for trying to take those comments, and people, out of your life. I ... more

Please Don't Be A Mean Girl

Bedtime is the sweet part of the day when Ruby and I finally get to be alone, and the moment when I get the real scoop on what's happening in her life at school. When Ruby is sleepy and her brothers aren't competing for my attention, she drops her guard and offers me brief glimpses into her rich imaginary world, her friendships, and her feelings about our family. Last night, as Ruby told me about what she did at recess that day, my heart hurt a little. She described hanging out with her best buddy at school and went on to tell me about a joke they played on another girl....more
I hate to say this, but it doesn't stop after elementary, or high, school. The same "mean girl" ... more

Food & Dining Trend Predictions for 2012

[Editor's Note: What are your food and dining predictions for 2012? What do you think you'll see on menus, in your local grocery stores, and in your neighborhood farmers markets? Amy Sherman of Cooking With Amy shares her predictions in this post, and I'd love to hear your predictions in the comments below! --Genie]...more
Pies will be the next food to go miniature. more
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