It's Not the Same Race at All: How the Front of the Pack Differs from the Back of the Pack

This is not the recap I had planned on writing. I adore Runner’s World, that is clearly no secret around here. I’ve had nothing but fantastic experiences with them and their races. But the post I’m about to write isn’t just about the Runner’s World Heartbreak Hill Half Marathon. It’s about what I’m unfortunately going to assume is the reality of the majority of races out there. ...more
I think it's rather unfortunate that they start cleaning up so early in the race. I don't run ... more

Perfect Summer Snack: Mango Cucumber Salsa

I’ll start off this post by saying that I just love, love, LOVE fresh salsa! Not only is it so easy to make that even the most unculinary (is that a word?) person can execute it flawlessly every time, but it also happens to be one of the healthiest snack-type foods I can think of.  ...more
I love corn salsa! I'll have to give the pineapple one a try.. Think it would be good on fish tacos? more

9 Healthy Picnic Food Ideas

The unfortunate part of the traditional picnic menu is that the food, while delicious and filling, is the epitome of the North American diet: high in unhealthy fats (fried chicken, mayo-based salads), refined grains (white bread and pasta), and added sugar (sweetened iced tea). The good news? There are tons of healthy picnic-friendly foods to choose from! Here are some ideas… ...more
Oooh all of those looks delicious! I'm definitely going picnicking this summer as many times as ... more

Carrot Coriander Soup

I have never tried coriander before I made this soup so I had no idea how it would taste, but I will have to admit that coriander is now my new favorite smell. When I crushed the spice, this citrus-y smell perfumed my kitchen that was so wonderful. I am definitely looking for more recipes with coriander in them to make in the future....more
FatCat I'm so glad you liked it! Sorry for the really late response, but I am just now getting ... more

My Mom's Spiral Whisk Has Been Feeding Our Family for 50 Years

This past weekend I was preparing panfried okra. I gently lifted one of my range-fed eggs from its nest in the carton. My left hand opened the refrigerator, grabbed the milk, and closed the door in one fluid sequence. My fingers slid over the smooth chrome edge as I choose the proper sized mixing bowl. I instinctively pivoted and opened my kitchen utensil drawer and lowered my hand to grab my Kitchen Aid medium whisk. The muscle memory in my hand was already preparing for the size of its handle and the weight distribution of its shape....more
Let's see, I have my mom's blender and food processor (probably 20 years old), and I have my ... more

Why I Buy (Many) Organic Foods

The other week I read a post on BlogHer called The Cult of Organics. Although I consider myself a moderate voice when it comes to food politics and beliefs, I still took umbrage with it. ...more
I just recently joined a CSA, but have been buying organic since I graduated college and got a ... more

Open Letter to the Mom Who Said Parents Should Relax About Kids' Food Allergies

If you were on Facebook or Twitter or online at all last week you no doubt had the pleasure of reading the Mean Girls-style sorority rant that was making the rounds. What you might have missed, however, was the food allergy-fueled mommy version. Image: Courtesy of Kid Cultivation ...more
I had a wheat intolerance in jr. high and high school, but my egg and dairy allergies didn't ... more

The Cult of Organics: Is It Worth the Extra Money?

At a playdate with a group of mothers, I once horrified an impossibly hip, young mom by telling her I refused to eat organic food because it was too expensive and that I felt I wouldn't be buying a better product. The look of shock on her face made me wonder if I had suddenly experienced a Janet Jackson-esque wardrobe malfunction. After glancing down to make sure I wasn't flashing anyone (and to check that Justin Timberlake wasn't lurking behind a bush), I tried to calmly explain my position on organic versus conventionally grown food. ...more
@SunbonnetSmart.com  @mvl1014 Oh my gosh! I love your quote: "You can bring an organic horse to ... more

The Cult of Organics: Is It Worth the Extra Money?

At a playdate with a group of mothers, I once horrified an impossibly hip, young mom by telling her I refused to eat organic food because it was too expensive and that I felt I wouldn't be buying a better product. The look of shock on her face made me wonder if I had suddenly experienced a Janet Jackson-esque wardrobe malfunction. After glancing down to make sure I wasn't flashing anyone (and to check that Justin Timberlake wasn't lurking behind a bush), I tried to calmly explain my position on organic versus conventionally grown food. ...more
When shopping for produce, I go for local, then organic, then conventional and I try very hard ... more

More Women Are Saying "Yes!" To Cohabitation

After a two-year hiatus from graduate school, I decided at 25 that I wanted to complete my degree. I moved from New York back to Washington, DC took out enormous student loans (that I am still paying today) and started my life anew. Shortly thereafter, I met the “man of my dreams” -- and within months, not only were we talking about marriage but I was contemplating moving again to Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he was completing his Ph.D. at MIT. The decision was a difficult one. I wasn’t keen on the whole idea of “shacking up” because the old adage “why pay for the cow if the milk is free?” ran rampant in my mind during my moments of contemplation. But move I did. It was disastrous. We lasted three months living together, and although we were engaged five years later, I ended it before we walked down the aisle. ...more
I lived with my (now ex) fiance for 2.5 years, after 2 years of dating and living separately. We ... more