Classic Pasta Arrabiata

[Warning:  Extra, extra, extra-long post.  Feel free to portion it out in smaller doses. . . or simply take your time and revel in the sunshine.] [Nope, no alligators in this Florida body of water. (And no, that’s not the HH at the pool!)] Um, so, yes, I have been rather MIA the past week […]

Grilled Vegetable Salad with Fresh Tarragon Dressing

Remember that first blush of new love, those early days when you were still keen to learn every little thing about your sweetheart?  A casual glance around the back yard revealed the emerald hue of the grass, the red of the tomato plants, the coral of the peonies all mysteriously so much sharper and more intense, as if your world […]

Lucky Comestible 6 (1): Roasted Red Pepper and Apple Dip

[I thought it would be fun to run a little series over here at DDD: I’ll profile one one of my favorite foods, or a food that I’ve recently discovered and enjoyed, over several days.  The series is presented on an occasional (and entirely arbitrary) basis, before I move on to the next lucky comestible. This is the first entry on apples.] […]

A Bowl Lotta Love

[Thanks to everyone who left such sweet comments and encouragement for the hellish week of marking!  (And I know I still owe some of you emails. . . coming soon!) Some of you who are students noted that you’d be doing as much work on the other side of the red pen. Whether students, parents, […]

Spicy Red Pepper Pasta

Sometimes it’s best not to complicate matters. Even though I am well aware of this principle, I’ve never been the kind of gal who naturally embraces “simple”: no scoop of vanilla ice cream for me when double-fudge-cookie-cream-caramel-swirl exists in the world; no blue wooly socks if I can wear my favorite pair emblazoned with frolicking brown and green puppies; no simple […]