6 Easy Ways to Green Your Home

living roomI was reading my friends’ posts on Facebook the other day when it dawned on me that we really are in the middle of a global shift in how we live on our home planet. I’ve been seeing little bits for some time, but now there’s a flood of information, collaboration and action on a variety of ecological subjects.… Read more

4 Decadent Pancake Recipes

pancakes with blackbarry syrupMany of my fondest memories growing up happened in the presence of pancakes, at holiday brunches, midnight suppers. family camping trips, and birthday parties. Our family pancake tradition began with Bisquick flapjacks topped with butter and syrup, and moved on to encompass a wide variety of pancakes, crepes and latkes from all over the world, made of all sorts of ingredients, and topped with a mind boggling array of yummy extras.… Read more

Audiobooks I’ve Loved: Because We Are

Another in my occasional series: Audiobooks I Have Loved.

(NOTE: All of the proceeds from sales of this book go to organizations that are doing real and good work on the ground in Haiti. Read more about that here: http://www.becauseweare.com)

Because We AreBecause We Are, a Novel of Haiti, sat in my queue of audiobooks for a few months, waiting for me to get up the nerve to listen to it.… Read more

My Search for Quality Cookware

Tramontina Prima 5 quart Dutch OvenI love kitchen gear. I ordered a new 5 quart Dutch Oven and I’m excited because it’ll be here soon. I’ve been wanting to braise a brisket, and this pot is just the right size. It’ll get used a lot. Here’s what it looks like (see photo above right).… Read more

Sparkling Herbal Coolers

sparkling lemongrass lime mint coolerI had my first Sparkling Lemongrass Lime Mint Cooler at a wonderful Asian fusion restaurant in downtown Santa Cruz, California called the Asian Rose Cafe. I was so intrigued by sparkling herbal coolers that I began collecting recipes and making them at home.… Read more

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