On Mother’s Day

As I’ve written before, Mother’s Day will always be a bittersweet holiday having lost my mom 8 years ago to cancer. I’ve been thinking a lot about the approaching day and how many of us will be celebrating without moms and grandmothers this year because of coronavirus. Like so many other holidays, carrying on old…

#thestew and why recipes go viral

If you were born in 1981 (cutoff age for millennials) and/or follow the New York Times Cooking columnist, cookbook author and foodie starlet Alison Roman then you will recognize this image immediately. For those who need an introduction, this Spiced Chickpea Stew with Coconut and Turmeric was created by Roman herself, published to the New…

Rosh Hashanah Traditions Old and New

This year marks the fourteenth year that my husband and I have hosted Rosh Hashanah together. Our tradition started in Boston, where I was in grad school at the time. It was too hard to fly back to be with our families in the middle of the week with our busy schedules so we gathered…

An Ode to our National Parks

From an early age my family would spend two weeks each August traveling out west visiting a number of U.S. National Parks. I have the fondest memories of hiking, camping, and exploring all the beauty these national treasures have to offer. A wedding in California this summer called us out West and we decided to…

Becoming a Mom while Losing a Mom

My mom’s favorite thing to say to me was that I was the best Mother’s Day gift she could ever imagine. It was 38 years ago that my mom became a mom on Mother’s Day, forever intertwining my birthday with the holiday.  Losing my mom to cancer a little over seven years ago while becoming…

New Traditions: A Blended Family Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays. Growing up my family would travel from Chicago to Tucson where my Dad’s extended family gathered around my Great Aunt Liz’s home to spend the holiday. I have such vivid memories of pulling through her gravel driveway once we arrived and walking straight through her back…

Shanah Tovah – the power of food and community.

Rosh Hashanah arrived especially early this year, the end of summer and back to school rush seemed to leave little time for holiday preparations. The week leading into the New Year I received news that one of my oldest childhood friends tragically passed away. While we had grown apart over the years, I felt a…