How excited was I when none other than @SchmattaHari herself asked me if I’d like to share my opinion on aprons? Pretty darned excited. First of all it’s Jill Radsken, smart, funny journalist and owner of the best twitter handle ever. Second, “share my opinion” are probably my three favorite words, maybe even as exciting as “dinner is served.”

Seriously, though. I’m now on the same page of the  The Boston Globe  with one of the best chefs in town, Chef Michael Scelfo, AND my favorite and most loyal sponsor, KitchenWareson the same page! 

 

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Aprons inspire a jump-start in the kitchen – Food & dining – The Boston Globe.

Feels good. Now I better get a fancy new apron, don’t you think?

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If you’re doing or thinking of doing the ALS Ice Bucket challenge, or if you’ve already done it. I appreciate your enthusiastic support of efforts to end that terrible disease. I have been asked a number of times why I haven’t done the ice bucket challenge.

This is why. I had the life-changing experience (thank you Catherine, Eva) of seeing the beautiful Sahel – the lower Sahara where people, women often with children, must walk MILES to get water. Water that we get to take for granted many times a day. One day I was awoken by a beautiful sweet singing outside my window. In my sleepy-headed state, I scrambled to find my camera and run to the window. Through the roll down screen I saw a woman walking by. She was singing to herself as she stopped to take her load off her head and re-balance it, then place it back her head and continued on her way.

sangha commuter adjusting load

I wanted to see where she was going, I didn’t recall a well near the hotel when we’d checked in.

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I threw on something and went outside to see where the path she was following was headed. I saw her and other women, all following the same trail, as far as the eye could see. The Sahel is flat. I could see pretty far at that point. Then it hit me: this was her morning commute. Early to beat the blazing sun. Women walked. And walked. Many with babies on their backs.

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dawn_sanghaIt was only later when our driver took us passed suddenly lush green fields – I realized this was where they were WALKING to – to tend the fields of green onions. An unlikely oasis of green, miles from their simple mud huts.


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Other women I saw as we hiked to our cliff and La Falaise hike, were walking miles to a well. This was two years ago, not a tap in sight.

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When I returned to Boston, I could not bear to see a faucet run or even an ice cube wasted. I always thought how long and hard women worked for every drop in Mali.

Bandiagara well

Cow well

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Please watch this heartwarming clip and donate what you can, where you wish. ALS is a horrendous disease and we’re contributing to that cause, too. So very many could use that water we’re tossing about to make a point. Could we donate without wasting water? Or donate as well to help those who have not a drop to spare?

September Campaign 2014 Trailer: The Sahel from charity: water on Vimeo.

 

Right now a donor is matching every dollar up to $1,000,000.

Do what you can.

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CIS Chix, A Step in the Right Direction, Towards Dinner. My Chat with National Geographic’s The Plate

August 19, 2014

I was delighted to speak with Charlotte McGuinn Freeman and Maryn McKenna of National Geographic column, The Plate. Bring Back Home Economics: Three Food Writers on Teaching People to Cook – The Plate: Maryn McKenna. The three of us were inspired by the success of Leanne Brown’s Good and Cheap, a cookbook designed to address the […]

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The Wrong Kind of Surprise – Epi-Pen? Check. Clear tote? Check? Potential Disaster? Check.

August 11, 2014

I was packing for my quick trip to Maryland, having been invited to a pre-season Redskins-Patriots game by my brother. Thanks Mike! It was great fun and my first time Tailgating. My first time – I wasn’t enjoying it at all. Mike knows more about the game than most people, and also about the cheerleaders. […]

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My eye on the sparrows

August 6, 2014

I’m not a religious person but that old song about ‘his eye on the sparrow’ came to me watching these delightful birds this morning. In the original (and the Barretta theme song version) I think the tune is meant to encourage us to leave our cares behind because Jesus is watching over us, keeping his […]

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GGF Salad :: Grains + Greens + Fruit = Wonderful

August 4, 2014

This salad is a fantastic summer meal in itself, a great bring-with dish, and a side for barbecue. To make a quick version, use freekeh (cooks in 20 minutes!) or quinoa or barley. Barley and freekeh are quicker cooking grains, you could also use quinoa (not true grain) or bulgur (wheat) if you like a […]

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Could You Eat Well on $4 a Day? A Cookbook to Help Food Stamp Recipients Cook Cheaply Becomes a Massive Viral Hit

August 1, 2014

Four dollars a day. What could you do with four dollars a day that would feed your family? You might be surprised.   Maryn McKenna brings us this fantastic story of an upcoming cookbook (available now on PDF) that aims to fill in a critical gap between food assistance and eating well on a budget, […]

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Coconut Chai Panna Cotta

July 29, 2014

This is an easy recipe that comes together in minutes. I was inspired by two beautiful mangos, sitting on a platter in my kitchen. I also drew inspiration from Josh Lewin’s list of indispensible Indian ingredients. A nice prelude to his upcoming Bread & Salt dinner, you should go if you haven’t dined with Josh and […]

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Save the Date! September 9!

July 24, 2014

I got 99 reasons why you should save this date….9/9 get it? Can’t wait to get my hands on this. Wonder what would go well with oysters? We’ll have some excellent news in this regard very shortly. Stay tuned, bookmark this site and save September 9. In the meantime, allow me to whet your whistle.. […]

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Welcome to the Oyster Century Club©!

July 10, 2014

Find out why BostInno said we’re one of 5 social clubs in Boston that you must join! Tasting our way through 100 varieties of oysters with prizes for milestones along the way. (Congratulations Larry Yu for winning the first one!) To get the ball rolling, the first 10 members to join will receive autographed copies of the definitive […]

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