Recipe for Wellness: Mugwort Soba Miso Stew

Recipe for Wellness: Mugwort Soba Miso Stew

  I know I haven't posted a recipe in a while and this blog is way overdue.  It's not that I haven't been cooking, I just haven't been cooking anything blog worthy.  Nursing a cold this weekend and craving hot spicy soup, I remade this stew this weekend. Upon seeing these photos you may be [...]

10 Best Foods to take Car Camping

10 Best Foods to take Car Camping

Glamping: glam-camping.  Camping with gourmet food and accommodations to match. No more boxed mac n' cheese and stove top brownies, not that that doesn't sound appealing.  These ten foods will take your glamping experience to the next level. 1. Wine: Takes your glamping experience to the next level.  Just make sure to match your intake [...]

Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

  Sometimes I find myself in the produce aisle blown away by the mushroom choices.  There are thousands of alien varieties(Enoke, Maitake...) and then there are the less foreign, less strange looking ones, like portobellos. Although I am a fan of the more alien forms of mushrooms, portobellos are the most versatile because their large solid [...]

Coyote Lost at Sea in Bookstores Now

Check out the new book by my friend and author Julia Plant. It details the story of her brother Mike Plant who was lost in a sailing trip around the world.


When Coyote and its skipper, Mike Plant, went missing mid-Atlantic in November 1992, the sailing world held its breath. Now, twenty years later, the story around the mystery, tragedy, and enigma is told at last.



“[Plant] is as close as yachting gets to a James Dean character, going his own way, in his own time, but always with an eye to the sea as he delivered the hastily commissioned coyote to the start of the Vendée Globe.”

–Barbara Lloyd, New York Times


“Julia Plant is a careful exacting detective as she tries to understand her brother’s death at sea…”

-Sandy Marsters, Points East Magazine

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comfort food and beet aesthetics

A yummy recipe for borscht to please my Russian genes, and a review of a Ukrainian restaurant in New York. Check out my friend Amanda’s blog coring the apple.

coring the apple


I’ve often passed Veselka on the corner of 2nd ave and 9th st., usually while rushing to the F train, and each time I hesitate for a second or two, wondering if my time might be better spent canceling pre-planned obligations to eat Ukrainian food outside in the sun. After weeks of temptation, I gave in.

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The Italian Experience

Let me tell you a story...  As most of you know, I am teaching high school English in Seriate, Bergamo.  This means my upper-level students are only 2-3 years younger than me.  In my fifth level classes I have been teaching lessons on American politics, which happily coincides with the elections in the US. I [...]

Zucchini Bread… What was that about not liking vegetables?

I have never been a picky eater.  In fact, there is a family myth that when I was in the hospital diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of two, the foods I requested were barley soup and avocados.  Now, tell me is that the food of choice for a normal two year-old?  I [...]