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Make an omelet.

When the going gets tough...

…the tough get cooking.

Don't cry

 It’s only milk.

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...

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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,...

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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 you only have 40...

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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 (or thereabouts) is...

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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 tribulations,...

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Joy and Woe. A time to grieve.

Yesterday was the saddest day of my life: I got divorced. And so, after 23 years, four months and 30 days of being "Mrs. W." I am back to being plain, old Conner Middelmann. My reaction took me by surprise. I was expecting to feel relief, energy, and even happiness at...

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Good or Evil? The one you feed.

Today's Daily Calm meditation was about a Cherokee parable that goes like this: An old Cherokee chief was teaching his grandson about life. "A fight is going on inside me," he said to the boy. "It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. "One is evil -- he is...

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Make your mistakes, next year and forever

My New Year Wish, from the journal of Neil Gaiman. "May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you're wonderful, and don't forget to make some art -- write or draw or build or sing...

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Have Christmas tree, will travel

I am an Urban Nomad. Yes, that’s a thing. The Urban Dictionary defines it thus: “A small but diverse section of society that lives and works in an urban area, yet does not rent, own or otherwise reside permanently in any one location. "Nomad" suggests a chosen...

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