Archive | June, 2012

The Antidote To Apathy

28 Jun

I gave a presentation at a large law firm in Boston last week.  It was inspired, in ways, by this talk by Dave Meslin.  I thought I would share it here.  Don’t wait to be appointed a leader.


For Guitar Lovers

22 Jun

Thanks to John and Ann and, we discovered the best thing ever – a pick punch.  Make your own guitar picks out of old credit cards and other plastic cards.  

A few from Abe’s collection (made out of an expired Southwest card and our old Art Institute Membership card).


When You’re Living In America

15 Jun

This morning, I was out and about.  Outside of the dry cleaners on the corner, I overheard a woman say this: “I live in affordable housing.  My daughter got a full ride to Stanford University.  Don’t tell me what is possible.”  She was wearing a Stanford tank top.  I had chills.

(This was the scene.  I wasn’t close enough when I took the picture to see anything, really, but didn’t anyone to be offended by my eavesdropping.  If you look hard enough, you can see her cardinal top with white lettering.  Love.)

Kate’s Magic Pancake

14 Jun

If I said we had guests in town every weekend of the year I would be exaggerating, but only slightly.  Often, when we do have guests in town, we make brunch at home.

When we were in Austin a few weeks ago, Kate made this amazing fluffy pancake (a family recipe) that I decided is now my go-to for any brunch at home.  For those of you who have followed this blog from the beginning, you know I’m not really a baker and I tend not to follow recipes.  But this one is easy, super quick, and feeds a bunch of people all at once (the hardest part about serving breakfast or brunch is keeping everything warm – not a problem with this magical pancake).

Kate’s Magic Fluffy Pancake (No idea what Kate actually calls it!)

Preheat oven to 400.

Melt some butter (Kate uses half a stick – I went with about a quarter stick) in a ten inch skillet.

In the meantime, in a blender, combine half a cup of flour, half a cup of milk, a quarter teaspoon of salt, and four eggs.  Blend.

Pour mix into skillet.  Cook until bottom starts to get hard but the top is still moist.  Run a spatula around the edge to loosen the bottom from the pan.  Use a knife to make an X across the top of the pancake (don’t cut all the way through).

Bake for 10-15 minutes, until top browns and puffs out.

While the pancake is baking, core four apples.  Slice in rounds or traditional slices.  Cook in a pan with a touch of butter, sugar, and cinnamon, until soft.  

Take the pancake out of the oven.  Top with apples and serve with syrup.  Serves 4-5.  Chicken apple sausage makes a great side.


Happy Birthday To . . .

10 Jun

my favorite husband ever!

And Happy Birthday to the best dad!

Afternoon Delight

8 Jun

These days, great restaurants (and great dining experiences) are a dime a dozen, on this blog and out there in the world.  This makes me happy, of course, since I love good food more than anything.

Every once in a while, though, a restaurant will do something that is better than great food – something small – something interesting – that stays with me.

After Ari’s medical school graduation, we went to Vintner Grill in Sommerville (Sommerlin?  Something like that.), Nevada, just outside of Las Vegas.  On the whole, the meal was lovely.  Very good.  But two things in particular were a delight:

This butter dish, with olive oil dipping cups embedded in it.  With a fresh basket of rolls, thick cut rustic wheat bread, and brioche, I could have eaten this all night and been happy (did I mention I am over my fear of butter?).

And, this cheese plate, with house made goat, sheep, and cow’s milk cheeses, pear preserves, dried fruit, and honey.


(Cute sister and cute outdoor dining area, too!)

Happy (Very) Belated Birthday To Me

7 Jun

This year my birthday came and went and I hardly noticed.  But, we did make a stop at North Pond, our favorite birthday tradition (and, if pressed, our favorite restaurant in Chicago).  Hard to beat last year’s North Pond birthday post – if you haven’t read it and you’re into food porn, you should – though I did snap a picture of my special Happy Birthday petit fours.

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