Caroline Barrett

The Empty Nest: Not So Empty Anymore

Here’s my Times Union story from June 2023 (you can see it on their website here, or read below.) It’s all about kids moving back home, and there’s some recipes to go along with it: Crispy Chicken Sandwiches, Avocado, Cucumber and Sesame Salad and Strawberry Granola Crisp. It took a […]

Caroline Barrett

Good Food for Slow Times

Here’s my May 2023 Times Union story. You can see it on their website here, or read below. It goes along with recipes for Hazelnut, Feta and Carrot Tart, Seared Scallops with Green Spring Salad and Iced Fruit Tea Mocktails.  A thing happened this spring that slowed me down for […]

Caroline Barrett

The Empty-Nester Refrigerator

Here’s my Times Union column for April 2023. It goes along with Crispy Mushrooms and Melty Cheese, Pasta in Pancetta, Tomatoes and Herbs and Lemon Coconut Scones. You can see it on the TU site here, or read below.  Seen through the eyes of an 18-year-old, our refrigerator looked pretty […]

Marathon eating

Half marathon training and half marathon eating

Here’s my Times Union column from March. You can see it on their website, or read below. This story goes along with Egg Salad with Pickles and Dill, Crispy Tofu and Broccoli Sheet Pan with Chile-Peanut Oil and Spiced Carrot Bread with Gingersnap Crumble.  My husband and I have registered […]

Caroline and Paul Barrett

Re-living Spanish memories in my kitchen

Here’s my February TU column: all about our wonderful week, spent wandering the streets of Madrid. See it on the Times Union website here, or read below. This story goes along with Olive Salad, Spanish Style, Patatas Bravas with Saffron Alioli and Banana Nutella Empanadas. Our big trip was made […]

Caroline Barrett, Broccoli Soup

The Year Ahead: Looking Forward To The Good Stuff

Hi everyone, here’s my Times Union column for January. You can see it on their website here. It goes along with Roasted Broccoli Soup with Turmeric and Coconut Milk, Cowboy Caviar, Only Better and Ginger Apricot Pistachio Bars. As always, thanks for stopping by.  How sweet it is to have […]

Looking back on 2022

This story is my Times Union column from December 2022. It goes along with How to Build a Better Cheese Tray, Pineapple Cranberry Vodka, and Smoked Salmon Carbonara. You can also see it on the TU website here. One of the really nice things about the end of the year […]

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 […]