Smoky Chermoula Chicken with Roasted Carrots, Cauliflower and Feta

Last month my husband attended a business dinner with colleagues, and because the out-of-towners didn’t want to take home a doggie bag, he was able to snag half of someone’s roasted chicken dinner for me from Harvest in Cambridge. Score! The herbaceously pungent chicken and garlicky side of romanesco, as it turns out, was delectable….

Top 10 TV Series of 2018

Top 10 TV Series of 2018 10. Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat A friend recently described chef Samin Nosrat to me as “The New Anthony Bourdain”. I disagree. I don’t think we need a “new” Anthony Bourdain and I don’t want to reduce Nosrat’s contributions to foodie television to the confines of someone else’s brand. She…

Top 10 Films of 2018

Top 10 films released in 2018 10. The Tale There’s a moment in Jennifer Fox’s The Tale that is so real and so startling, I’ll never be able to think of memory the same way again. In the film, Jennifer (Laura Dern) reexamines a “relationship” she had with an older man when she was a…

Recipe: Garlic-Lime Spatchcocked Chicken with a Honey-Soy Glaze

There’s nothing more comforting than a roast chicken. You salt the skin to crisp it up, you stuff it with some aromatics, and you set it in the oven for an hour or so. It’s probably the easiest prep you can do for the amount of deliciousness you get. My go-to roast chicken is all…

Witches to Love: A Bibliography

Not everyone loves witch stories, but many people do. They’re characters who can right injustices with ancient magic or psychic abilities. They can fly or talk to animals or entice romantic interests. They can transform. Audiences are drawn to their power and their powers, their wisdom and their knowledge. They are women who are respected…

On the 10th Anniversary of the Day That Changed Everything

April 5, 2006 was supposed to be the best day of my life. Early that morning, before my first class, I headed up to my high school’s library to check my e-mail. I was probably one of the few kids left who didn’t have Internet access at home, so I took advantage of any chance…

Spanx Spanx Revolution

Last May I found myself in what many women would consider a living nightmare: I forgot to bring Spanx. TO MY COLLEGE REUNION. Look, we all know Spanx are a joke writer’s dream. They’re stretchy, they make the wearer look like Mrs. Doubtfire in her underwear, and they seem to encapsulate every single insecurity that’s ever…

Recipe: Peach-Raspberry Custard Pie with Streusel Topping

Is there anything more summery than the combination of juicy peaches and tangy raspberries? I make this tart, creamy pie once a year in the hotter months and adore the sunset-like blended colors it creates. Feel free to buy a pre-made shell, but I prefer to make my own shortcrust base, tightly adapted from Mark…

Recipe: Pomegranate-Rosé Pulled Pork

There’s nothing quite as versatile as pulled pork. Once a shoulder or butt has been braised on low heat for several hours, the meat becomes tender and juicy, and easily shreddable for a number of dishes: sandwiches, quesadillas, pizza, pasta, soup. You name it. This recipe came about like many of my other creations: I…

Recipe: Lemon-Coconut Milk Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

This is the lemon cake for people who don’t typically like lemon cakes. I know, because I’m one of them. My friend Sarah recently celebrated her 30th birthday, and I wracked my brain for at least a month beforehand to come up with the perfect birthday cake for her. She’s an accomplished baker in her…

Recipe: White Chocolate-Raspberry Cake with Coconut

Now this is what I consider the quintessential spring cake. Creamy white chocolate, tart raspberries, and a hint of tropical coconut – what would be more perfect for a wedding dress-like Easter cake? I don’t celebrate Easter, but my husband grew up with it and I like to indulge him in his favorite seasonal/holiday treats….

Recipe: Hearty Chicken Tortilla Soup

It’s early spring in New England, which naturally means high winds, slushy sidewalks, and an occasional snow storm. The lingering chill calls for just one remedy: hot, comforting chicken tortilla soup. This nutritious recipe provides the perfect amount of heat, umami, and richness to thaw your insides in this endless winter. The additional cilantro gives…