Peach Crisp

“Some people might call ’em spoiled, but I think that these almost ruined ones sometimes make the sweetest jam,” Pearl Smooter says to her daughter, Melanie Carmichael, in the 2002 romantic comedy film “Sweet Home Alabama.” She’s making peach jam, and providing motherly advice to her daughter, all at once. I’ve always liked that scene. It’s […]

Blueberry Quick Bread

I fell. The curb came out of nowhere and, in an instant, I went from a brisk walk to belly down on the concrete sidewalk. Immediately, the panic set in. A rush of adrenaline propelled me up to standing again while spurting “I’m ok,” to concerned passers-by. But I wasn’t okay. It was early summer, a lovely […]

Easiest Roasted Shrimp

Last week, my kids and I headed off on an adventure. Oh, the joys of summer adventuring … with the school year nearing (I won’t dare say that summer’s over — we all know it’s not yet!) I wanted to get a little fun and relaxation in before our days get super busy again. All […]

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 […]