À Table!

Take your pleasure seriously. ~ Charles Eames In French, à table literally means “at the table”. Equivalent to “lunch (or dinner) is ready,” the phrase, à table!, is used in many French homes to let people know when the meal is ready to be eaten. The first time I heard of this phrase, I knew I wanted… Read More

Sweet and Sour Mock Meatballs

I first heard of forest kindergartens (also called forest schools) a couple of years ago when a few European mothers I know where looking at preschool and kindergarten options for their little ones. These schools have been around for a long time in Europe, but only recently have become of growing interest in the U.S. In most kindergarten… Read More

Rustic Fall Polenta with Fontina and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

The beauty of polenta is the ease with which a home cook can take it from everyday to special in an instant.  –- Maria Speck This beautifully colored side dish brings just enough opulence to a fall dinner. The sun-dried tomatoes help the polenta take on a lovely auburn or light orange hue. As these… Read More

Vanilla Mashed Sweet Potatoes

No Thanksgiving table is complete without potatoes. This year I tried a variation—sweet potatoes puréed with vanilla-infused cream—on an old favorite. I am confident that this dish will have a regular occurrence at my Thanksgiving table for years to come. With their golden-orange color and subtly sweet flavor, here, sweet potatoes are excellent mashed with… Read More

The Vegetable Feast

Although turkey is usually the undisputed star of the Thanksgiving table I believe vegetables deserve a moment in the spotlight too. As a vegetarian, this Thanksgiving I aspired to find ways to let vegetables—especially the rich colored ones that flourish late in the season and carry us through the cold winter months—take center stage. And,… Read More

Celebrating Simple Gifts

Thanksgiving dinner and other meals over the holiday weekend provide an opportunity for people to connect with one another by participating in centuries-old communal tradition: giving thanks together over a joyous meal. Thanksgiving is a beloved American holiday. It’s a celebration of foods, flavors, and customs that often evoke happy memories of good times enjoyed… Read More