Still not a mommy blog, but…

I am in labor. Let me qualify that statement. I am not in active labor, where I am tapping keys in between incredibly painful contractions, but what is apparently called “early labor.” I’ve been having contractions (mostly not bad ones, although Saturday and Monday got hairy enough that I was pretty sure the big day […]

Our New Portland Life

I realize this is a food blog, and not a mommy blog, but as this foodie is about to become a mommy, I ask that you bear with me. This week, I’m going to take you outside my tiny Portland kitchen, but not far – we’re staying in the apartment. (We live on the third floor […]

Watermelon, the classic taste of summer.


This coming weekend, I am headed to Lisbon Falls for the Moxie Festival Recipe Contest. As many of you will recall, I took home first place in the savory division last year with my Moxie hot wings. This year, however, instead of competing, my voracious pregnant-lady appetite and I are sitting on the jury. It […]

Creamy, tangy rhubarb cheesecake


About this time of year, my mom’s garden would produce a bumper crop of rhubarb. Though it typically prefers cooler temperatures and partial shade, and the plants that lined the right side of the path into our massive garden were exposed to full sun, they were happy and fruitful, with leaves so big that I […]

Low-stress sides for outdoor barbecues


This past weekend was Memorial Day weekend, which to many people signals the unofficial start of barbecue season; if you missed the BDN garden show special insert at the beginning of April, you missed my tips for hosting a successful, low-stress barbecue event, as well as my recipe for foil packet potatoes on the grill. […]

Cream of fiddlehead soup, and an adventure


Since our success locating and experimenting with Japanese knotweed, Ian and I have been sort of consumed with the idea of foraging. There’s just something very satisfying about going into the woods and emerging with something both safe to eat and tasty as well. Personally, I really want to find and try ramps, but until […]

Japanese Knotweed: Invasive and Tasty


Every weekend that we’re both free, Ian and I like to go for a long, scenic nature walk. I call them hikes – because for me, they are – but Ian’s idea of a hike involves a mountain trail, and usually his dad. We also have been wanting to find the time to try foraging, and since spring is […]