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It’s exciting to know that my smoke detector works! Recent events in my home have made me aware of this and I’m grateful. After spending an hour concocting my favorite chili, I reduced the burner to simmer, poured a glass of wine, and sat down to my daily habit of...

Dear Kitchen, I Bid You Adieu!

Thank you, Lean Cuisine! The number of frozen dinners in my freezer is about to multiply and I offer no apologies. In a major effort to get more pleasure in my life, I’ve been re-evaluating priorities and have decided to cut the kitchen detail in half. More...

Secrets to Eating Less

The pact I made with myself just exploded. My resolve to put better food into my body veered off course — again — with that Lemon Poppyseed Scone behind the counter. After all, I was meeting a new friend for coffee, so I’ll just “start tomorrow.” For sure this time....

Making Mountains out of Molehills

A late breakfast with my dear son and his family on Sunday morning. What could be better? Quiche, scones, homemade plum jam — they were bringing a melon and champagne. We hadn’t seen them in months and were very excited, but wait…  To make sure breakfast...

Break It Up: Making a Loathsome Chore Tolerable

I’ve fantasized a million times: hiring my very own chef with lottery winnings. It tops every single desire, even the tropical vacation home, or the Mercedes I’ve dreamed of owning for a very long time. Sigh…  In the meantime, I’m experimenting with ways to...

Start a GYON and Get A Kitchen Furlough.

This sign on a restaurant window 20 years ago changed my life forever, “We give our chef a night off once a week. Doesn’t your wife deserve the same?” I hadn’t realized until then how locked in I was to my duty as chief meal preparer. The best part was my husband’s...

Eating Trees is a Good Thing

      Please take note. I am not a kitchen person. I do not do extended recipe chatter. I am not a foodie. That being said, I do pay attention to anything that makes this necessity easier because de-stressing this part of my life seems essential for...

Fuel Your Body with the Good Stuff

Yummy healthy party snack. Caprese: mozzarella, tomato, basil. The season of gluttony is approaching. It’s a subject I really didn’t want to address when I started writing tips for better living seven years ago, but food is such a huge part of everyone’s life that I...

Open Fridge to Simplify Dinner – 6/11

I’ve had a shift in kitchen-thinking lately. Brought on by my growing discontent with this responsibility, I now start this process by opening the frig to view the contents BEFORE wrestling with the decision on what to prepare. Is there some way these leftovers can be...

Taking a Break From the Kitchen – 1/10

Here’s a practical tip that will make your kitchen life easier. I know you “cooks” will be resistant, but many of us don’t have the time, don’t want to spend the time, or are suffering from kitchen burn out. I saw a sign on a restaurant once, “We give our chef a night...