The kids are kickin’ some keister in their quarantine kitchens

The kids are kickin’ some keister in their quarantine kitchens

From their teeny, tiny kitchens across the country, my adult kids are kickin' some keister in their kitchens. It has been amusing, amazing, heart mending and mouth watering to see. They are whipping up fluffy biscuits, deep friend chicken with homemade aioli, thin and crispy scallion pancakes, hand-patted tortillas, homemade mole, pulled chicken, pineapple cookies, [...]

A View of the World Through Midwestern Glasses (A Guest Post By Tara Heaslip)

A View of the World Through Midwestern Glasses (A Guest Post By Tara Heaslip)

My family’s typical Thanksgiving involves about 15 family members in a New Jersey dining room. This year, tradition was thrown to the wayside when my sister moved to South Bend, Indiana to work for Pete Buttigieg’s presidential campaign. We’ve been excited to visit her for months, but with a family’s worth of crowded schedules and [...]

Buttering up Grandma Peggy

Buttering up Grandma Peggy

More than almost anything else, my mother loathes butter. Her standard breakfast order -- dry toast, crisp bacon, eggs scrambled hard -- is a mandate not a request. Should butter appear on her plate, she will lose her appetite for the entire meal and the offending restaurant will face her non-negotiable butter boycott. So, when [...]

Beautiful things: Another magic mirror

Beautiful things: Another magic mirror

Last week, my sister in-law Nancy gave my son Charlie and his fiancée Tara a beautiful engagement present. As I've written before, Nancy celebrates moments and memories in extraordinarily thoughtful ways. She remembered that, when Charlie was younger, he had given his grandparents a mirror for Christmas, and had written them a note that they [...]