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Italian sausage, fennel and gnocchi casserole

When I drag my tired bones home at the end of an exhausting day, this is one of the simplest and most satisfying dinners I can think of. Apart from fresh fennel, most of the ingredients can be found in a moderately well-stocked pantry. (If you can’t find fennel in the...

Bircher muesli (overnight oats)

Even (or especially?) crazy-busy people need a decent meal to start their day. Bircher Muesli to the rescue! This breakfast dish is inspired by a preparation pioneered in 1900 by the Swiss doctor Maximilian Bircher-Benner for the patients of his Zurich sanatorium,...

Pollo con arroz (Recipe)

I can’t believe it: I’m posting my first recipe! Which is shocking, really, considering this blog was created to feature recipes you make when disaster strikes: When you’re stressed. Or sick. Or both. When five hungry people are coming for dinner and...

Middle age sucks — but there’s hope

Happy belated birthday to me! Yup, I celebrated the Big Five-Two yesterday. And with it, the realization that — statistically speaking — I’m the unhappiest now that I’ll ever be. Cheers to that! According to a recent Washington Post article, 52...

Almost there (my birthday anthem)

It’s my birthday. On our way to school this morning, my daughter played this song for me. (Sung by the lovely Anika Noni Rose.) I welled up. Not that I want to open a fashionable restaurant in 1920’s New Orleans. But I can relate to mountains, trials and...