Stories

Seared Salmon Salad

Seared Salmon Salad with crunchy and salty things

Here’s a salad for the in-between time, the sad, kind of grey time, when winter is over, and before there’s anything really growing in your garden. It’s right now that you just can’t stand the sight of another winter stew.  Early spring cooking can be either depressing (there’s not much […]

Caroline Barrett, Mother's Day story

Celebrating Mom with Food and Time Together

Here’s my Times Union story for April. It goes along with recipes for Super Green Lentil Salad, Asian Chicken Salad with Herbs and Crunchy Noodles and Chai Spice Vanilla Pudding. ‘Tis the season, isn’t it, for all things Mother? Mother’s Day is soon upon us and in the spirit of […]

Recipes for Crepes with Nutella and fruit

The Journey Begins: Elliot is Going to College

Here’s my Times Union story for March. You can see it on the TU website here, or read below. It goes along with recipes for Greek Spinach Pizza, Our Favorite Salad and Crepes with Nutella and Fruit. There was joy in receiving the letter, of course. For Elliot, it was […]

Cozy food for the weekend

Hunkering Down on a Wintery Weekend – With Recipes

Here’s my Times Union story from February 17. It goes along with Moroccan Chicken Soup, Hummus with Roasted Vegetables and Za’Atar and Peanut Butter Bread with Salted Chocolate Ganache. Maybe it was the stretch of super cold weather. It could have been the lingering state of mind after a busy […]

Cous Cous Salad with Pickled Onions

Food To Keep The Teenager Eating In

Here’s my Times Union story for January. You can also read it on their website here. This story goes along with Middle Eastern Spiced Beef Wraps, Cous Cous Salad with Pickled Onions and Crumbly Blueberry Muffins. If I made a list of things I believe I’m good at, things I […]

Pistachio Cranberry Bread

Changing up Christmas and Finding the Spirit

Here’s my Times Union story for December. Read it on their website, or see below. This story goes along with the recipes for Cranberry + Pistachio Bread, Creole Spiced Snack Mix and Boozy Chocolate Coffee. As always, thanks for reading. And Merry Christmas! It has always sounded so good to me. To me, really, and […]

Caroline Barrett Cocoa Spice Pumpkin Pie

Thanksgiving Traditions, and the Foods to Match

Here’s my Times Union column for November. Read it here, or see below. The recipes to go along with it are Cocoa Spice Pumpkin Pie, Smoky Sweet Potato Soup and Roasted Root Vegetable Salad with Crispy Capers. Thanksgiving, we know, is a holiday made of food and family and doing […]

Time and Love: Essential Cooking Ingredients

Here’s my Times Union column for October. You can also read it on the TU website here. The recipes included are Love Letter Pot of Beans, Spiced Apple Bundt Cake and Brothy Beef Short Ribs with Ginger and Spice. We live in a world where things are made to sound […]

Greek Nacho Fries

Eating On The Go and Longing For Humans

My Times Union column from September 2021. Read it online here, or see below. Find the recipes that went along with this story: Greek Nacho Fries Fall Vegetable Farro Bake with Sausage and Cheese Hot Apple Pie Sundaes It doesn’t feel great to admit this, but here goes: I eat […]