Roasted Shishito Peppers

If you’d heard the crinkle of deli wrap coming from my direction in recent months, it’s because I’d fallen into a rut — the kind that involves too much takeout being consumed. It’s also the kind of rut that means several corrugated cardboard pizza boxes were sticking out of my recycling bin on the last recycling day. It’s […]

Zucchini Muffins

So, that’s how that feels. Monday evening, my kids and I stopped by the Bangor Community Garden so I could show them our tomatoes that are near ripening. What was to be a happy visit — our hard work is paying off! — turned sad quickly when we noticed that more tomatoes were suffering from […]

Roasted Cabbage with Smoked Salmon

“Someone ran through and stole whatever was ripe,” the man, a fellow gardener, said. He’d approached to chat with my daughter and me as we tended to our community garden one evening, warning us to phone officials if we saw anyone suspicious, but not to approach them. The thefts had happened over the weekend, clearing […]

Easy Homemade Microwave Popcorn

An individual I didn’t know messaged me on Facebook over the weekend. In asking how I was, they used a term they clearly thought was a compliment. I disagree — I mean, I don’t even know them. But in that single message, they reminded me of something important: I want my kids to stay away […]

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

I reread “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” by T.S. Eliot recently. The poem that spoke to me as a creative, curious sixteen year old pondering aging held new meaning to me as an adult celebrating a birthday two decades and change later. As an adult, the imagery comes alive. And as shy, complicated […]

Lovage Garlic Vinaigrette

My hands smelled of earth when my kids and I arrived home on a recent evening. We’d just planted our plot at the community garden, carefully placing the tomato, cucumber and pepper seedlings, cabbage starts and rows of radish and onion seeds. There was a sense of accomplishment as my daughter watered the plot, the […]