Complex Traditions and Christmas Ponderings

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Singing Christmas carols is probably my #1 favorite thing to do in the entire world. Take a step beyond that, and things get a little complicated. My mother was born in Taiwan and graduated high school in Korea, my grandparents are Roman Catholic, Buddhist, and Southern Baptist, and my aunt’s family is Jewish. In addition to Read more

On thankfulness and those who go without.

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It’s Thursday, I’m suddenly 32, and I’m so very thankful. I’m thankful that today is Thanksgiving. Thankful to be in charge of mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, and pumpkin pie. And I’m not fooling myself – the real thanks here goes to Pioneer Woman for the slow cooker tater recipe, Campbells for the forever-partnership with Read more

On Brussels Sprouts + Chef Marcela: Getting Kids to Eat Their Veggies

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Okay, so this post clearly flows well from my most recent one, right…? I mean, I’m talking about BRUSSELS SPROUTS here. The truth is, I was inspired to write about brussels sprouts thanks to inspiring and powerful mom and entrepreneur, Chef Marcela Valladolid. Mom of two (almost three), culinary legend, Food Network star and cookbook author Read more

Happy November: Making Memories

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Serious question. Having this… And these… Dangling down at the end near this overgrown tree: Oh, and most importantly… still up the day after trick or treaters saw these: … does that make me proactive or seriously deficient at life? Does your answer change if I tell you that I never took them down last Read more

Tuesday Dinner Success: Intent vs. Reality

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A late afternoon cold pressed juice and the best of intentions. I’ll go get a couple of miles in before cooking a homemade meal, I thought to myself. Then, a line of cars sucked the life out of almost every single last good idea. And a pile of dishes killed the very last straggling good Read more