August 2013

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what i’ve been reading {summer 2013}

what i've been reading {summer 2013}

{Bittersweet by Shauna Niequist} This is a book of essays about a particularly difficult time in Shauna Niequist’s life, when she was dealing with a miscarriage and wanting to move and wanting to have another child.  There is lots of bitterness in the book, but she also has  a way of finding the holy moments … more

cheesy gnocchi (with truffle oil)

cheesy gnocchi (with truffle oil)

Let me set the stage for this meal for you.  Early evening in Florence, walking around the Oltrarno.  It had been such a hot day.  So hot.  And we had climbed and climbed up to the Piazza Michelanglo to get a view of Florence, of the Duomo dwarfing every other building in sight, of the … more

quick zucchini pasta + thoughts on collecting

quick zucchini pasta + thoughts on collecting

I have always been a collector.  My mom might say I have always been more a hoarder.  Not that I am a hoarder, just that if I’m not careful I can have those tendencies.  When my brother and I were younger and were instructed to clean our rooms I would carefully organize all of my … more

tuscan white beans (fagioli all’olio)

tuscan white beans (fagioli all'olio)

When we were in Italy far and and away the most stressful thing of all was figuring out where to eat.  We would walk the sidewalks teeming with restaurants, everything smelling so good, unable to choose.  I knew in my head how many meals we had in each place, and the last thing I wanted … more

chocolate sorbet

chocolate sorbet

Sometimes I have a hard time at the beginning of the school year, mostly because I am not a student anymore.  I loved school.  I was really good at school.  I would have made an excellent professional student.  And sometimes I wish I had been a teacher just so I could always have that new … more