Dairy-Free

fennel-poppy seed bread

Deep into the night, I lay awake in my daughter’s hospital room, coughing and tossing and thinking about this fennel-poppy seed bread I had made weeks before. All that day, Danny and I had sat…

oh autumn.

Autumn, I love you. I love your starting-to-be-chilly air, the reds and golds, the letting go, the apples off the tree, the smell of cinnamon suddenly appealing again, the memories of summer starting to fade.…

and the living is easy

The other day, I asked Lucy how her summer is going. (Summer only technically began a few weeks ago, but in kid time, it feels like AGES since kindergarten ended.) Joyful as always, Lu threw…

setting our mise en place

Update on this post: the flour store is now open!  A few years ago, rumors of something big about to happen swirled around our small town. There’s a Thai restaurant opening on the island! People whispered and…

its lovely possibilities

There’s brown on the ground, brown on the barks of the trees, and no green on bare trees yet. Sure, we’re lucky to live in a place with plenty of firs, whose branches look like…

that sweet acid bite

Just as I reached for another bite of this pickled red cabbage (with pickled red carrots mingled in there), I had a memory. Pale February light might have jolted me back, or maybe it was…

swept up in the momentum

I’ve never been much of a football fan. Oh, when I was in the 9th grade, the quarterback of my high school football team was a lean beautiful boy who threw tight spirals down a…

afternoon cookies

I’m typing this as I sit by the side of a pool. You might think I’m in the warm sunlight, an open book on my lap, a fruity drink with a tiny umbrella by my…

ah, Tofino.

I’ve decided that this should be my birthday dinner every year: fresh-caught crab, steamed and lay down next to a bowl of warm pastured butter, roasted local potatoes with melted cheese that has crusted around…