Stories

Thanksgiving sans turkey

It was kind of a disaster, our Thanksgiving two years ago, but really, who didn’t have a disastrous holiday in 2020? We planned for an intimate affair, just the five of us and one boyfriend, but then Zoe and that boyfriend were exposed to COVID and so instead of coming […]

A mother-in-law remembered, through za’atar

There’s a jar in my kitchen, a small Mason jar filled with a Middle Eastern spice mixture called za’atar. There’s a story behind that jar, and I cherish its contents.  It was a gift from my mother-in-law, brought home from a trip to Israel. Joan was many things, among them […]

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 […]