Caesar Salad

I rarely ate salads as a child. That’s not to say my mother didn’t try in earnest.  So, you can imagine my sheer delight when my 10-year old proclaimed she “LOVES Caesar Salad.”   Apparently she tried it at school?  I didn’t have the stomach to ask her if the school version actually had anchovy filets on top.  But, that proclamation was all the encouragement needed for my  attempt to make Caesar Salad at home for dinner.  After all, my version had to taste better. As luck would have it, we had all the ingredients.  Except, of course, the … [Read more...]

Postive Role Models have Life-Long Effects

“Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.”  Steve Jobs We should all be so lucky to have positive role models orbiting our lives who help us progress as individuals. My mother was mine. She propped me up throughout my youth, adolescence, adulthood, marriage, parenthood- all without skipping a beat. She helped bolster the way I approach life and its prism of challenges. In retrospect, it was her indomitable quiet strength and display of personal … [Read more...]

Measuring Time with Your Kids: Quantity vs. Quality

“To be in your children’s memories tomorrow, you have to be in their lives today”   - Anonymous Last week, I received an invitation from Moms and the City to attend a preview screening of Sarah Jessica Parker’s new movie, “I Don’t Know How She Does It,” the story of a career-driven mother who constantly deals with the balancing act that accompanies the fast-paced life of a working mother.   Afterwards, the audience was able to query both Sarah Jessica as well as Alison Pearson, the author of the best-selling book. Save a few dad … [Read more...]

Wholly Guacamole!

There have been many lessons learned these past four days without power in the wake of Hurricane Irene.  One lesson: how quickly food spoils when you don't have a working refrigerator or freezer!  But, as I have been preaching all along, you have to try to make lemonade from lemons.  That meant taking a full survey of our pantry items to see how far we could stretch our dry meals over the duration of the blackout.  Lucky for everyone, my new found love affair with avocados helped us relish in some amazing guacamole.  Actually, the guacamole was … [Read more...]