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...

Keeping Evils Out of the Kitchen

I ate the whole thing. After spotting that evil, rolled up bag of Ruffles on top of the fridge yesterday, I quickly put away the apple in my hand to reach overhead. Years ago my husband started hiding this sort of thing, but this time he forgot how weak I am…...

Simplifying Meal Prep

I’ve served my long tour of duty as chief cook and bottlewasher, and yearn for my stint to be over. Going AWOL has definitely crossed my mind a time or two. Like everybody else, I want to end my work day with relaxation  But if you truly relax, who feels...

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...

Two Leftover Ideas – 1/07

Cooking was the farthest thing from my mind when I started Comfort Clues 2 years ago. Besides being burned out of kitchen work, food advice was not what I had in mind. But I can’t resist. Here are two of my favorite inventions that will make your kitchen life easier:...

Distract Yourself From Food – Nov. ’06

In light of the coming National Day of Eating (a.k.a. Thanksgiving) I’m passing on a hint that a Feng Shui consultant gave me once. Kitchens are seldom built out-of-the-way; often we have to walk by them to get to other parts of the house as they suck us in with the...

Keep Your Hands Young – May ’06

This week I stray from my usual subject matter and digress to a very practical one: damaged skin. After what seems like a lifetime of doing dishes, my hands have finally spoken. Damage is evident. Ugliness is evident. It’s a little late for sure, but I say, never say...

Dreamy Kitchen Aromas – Jan. ’06

I made a huge pot of pasta sauce yesterday and was reminded once again what a pleasure a great aroma can be. Every time I opened the door, that Italian restaurant smell forced me to inhale even deeper, then exhale with a smile. If you’re in the depth of the winter...