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Feeding Q, A Love Story Volume 2: Solids

We had a fun start to feeding Q. Fruits and vegetables and foods that were high in fiber were easy to process for her young tummy. As Q’s palate became more refined, we got more excited about cooking for her. E had fantasies of plating perfectly packed runny egg with a side of caviar for his foodie child, […]

Feeding Q, A Love Story Volume 1: The First Bites

Since birth, Q has loved watching “Chef’s Table“. When she was a newborn, she sat in her Boppy peacefully gnawing at her Sophie the Giraffe while watching the beautiful culinary series for what seemed like hours (15 minutes can seem like hours for a new mom). The cinematography really plays up the vivid colors and […]

Island Baby, a.k.a a Caribbean-Inspired Dutch Baby

We’re off to a strong start to 2018 after a lazy end to 2017. While the rest of the world was out drinking and dancing or standing in freezing cold Times Square, E and I were passed out on the couch in the middle of “Girl’s Trip,” only to be awaken by a teething baby. We […]

Holiday Visuals

A test. This photo is: a.) the reason why I was late to work today. b.) the reason why no one noticed I was late to work today c.) motivation for me to finish my Christmas shopping d.) the source of 1,456 extra calories I consumed throughout the day.   Answer: all of the above […]

Salted Chocolate Chip Tahini Cookies for the Snow Day Win

This weekend, I got walloped with the holiday spirit by our first snow of the season. Our little Brooklyn neighborhood got about 3 inches of the white stuff, a visual cue that it’s time to slow down, stay in, and get your fa la la la la on. I spent all day Saturday whipping up […]

Mentally Home for the Holidays

Christmas 1984. Holidays of my youth were filled with tidings and good cheer. And Andes mints and cordial cherries (even though I hated them, I still loved the holiday spirit they represented). And Swiss Miss hot chocolate with the mini marshmallows, even though a packet never yielded enough marshmallows, and I would always add a handful […]

Pumpkin Bourbon Pie

Last Thanksgiving, I didn’t cook one dish. I was in bed, resting and recovering after having Q, only meandering out of bed to eat the beautiful multicourse meal E cooked all by himself for our parents and I. Q lounged in her little Baby Bjorn rocker while we sat around the table, too little to […]

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5 Tips to Throwing a Low-Stress, Kick-Ass First Birthday Party

I know a few things about first birthday parties, having hosted one and gone to a bunch more. A few weeks ago, we hosted Q’s first birthday in our apartment. It was better than I could have ever planned. We kept the guest list small, made our own cake and kept the munchies minimal. We […]

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One Year Into Motherhood

Our little Q turned one last week.  I can’t believe I’m the mother of a one-year-old. My first year as a mother has been the most enlightening year of my life. I never thought I could laugh and cry so hard and so long at the same time. I never thought my heart could grow […]

Crafting an Endless Summer

It’s been a good three months. It’s been warm. Sunny. Heck, we even had an eclipse. We’ve had plenty of adventures with our little Q. She and I took our first mommy and me plane trip to see my mom in the Midwest. She met her aunt and cousins in Chicago. We went to Turks […]

Two Years

“Dearly beloved, we have gathered here to get through this thing called life.” 6/6/15

How to Get a Passport for a Baby

The first thing E wanted to get Q once she was born was not a Mamaroo rocker or designer clothes. It was a passport. The gift of travel is the best thing you can give a person of any age. For a baby, it’s even more special. Little ones are never too little to start learning […]

Thoughts on Mother’s Day

…on my first Mother’s Day. I’m excited! I’m excited to wake up early and squeeze my baby and husband and eat pancakes and drink mimosas for breakfast and dance around the house in my pajamas… and then climb back into bed and sleep the rest of the day. Because the only thing a new mom, […]

This Is What a 5 Month Old Can Teach You

Q turns 5 months old today. Boy, has my life changed in that time. Herewith, everything I have learned from this little mini-human so far: To love your feet. Q stares at her feet for hours. She puts them in her mouth, she caresses them, she treasures them as if they hold the key to magical infant […]

This is What Cooking For Two Is Like

When I cook,  I now have an audience of two — even though my biggest fan isn’t eating solid foods just yet. During mealtime, E often puts Q on his lap and sits at the kitchen counter with her (at a safe distance away from any splattering pans or sharp knives). She watches intently as veggies […]

Six Years Ago…

Six years ago… I was living in a basement floor studio on the Upper East Side. E lived in the East Village in a well-lit third floor studio. I was single and had several bad breakups in a row. So had E. I had hair that was 6 inches longer. So did E. I spent […]

Chicken Cacciatore Soup for Virtual Family Dinner

Now that I have a baby, I miss my mom more than ever. Chicken cacciatore soup helps bring back great memories of mom and me. My mom and I are extremely close. She’s caring, loving, funny and protective. She taught me to be strong but cautious, to love your family and friends but always put […]

Chilly Days Turkey Chili

This weekend was a chilly one. But turkey chili, and snuggling with our playful baby girl, kept us warm. Temperature wise, it was nose-numbing cold outside. E and I only left the house (separately) to go to the gym and get groceries, but it was too cold to take little Q anywhere with us. Poor […]

Meal Prep Treats: Sweet Potato Brownies

Meal prepping doesn’t just have to include food in tupperware containers. It can also mean stuff in pretty muffin tins that you can grab with one hand and race out the door and have a meal at your fingertips so you don’t pass out from hunger and low blood sugar on the subway (true story). […]

Meal Prepping Was Made for New Mommies

When you think meal prep,  you probably think bodybuilders or wrestlers or fitness models. But you should also think of new moms. Like this one. E and I started meal prepping on Sundays because we needed to find a way to cook efficiently after going back to work after our parental leaves.  Coming home and cooking during the […]

The Jerkiest of Jerk Chicken

When E and I were in the Dominican Republic last month, we did our fair share of island-inspired cooking. We whipped up shrimp curry a few times, paella with spiny lobster (which you could find down there simply by swimming out a few yards from shore), and pasta with fresh local vegetables. Our favorite dish was a […]

What Super Bowl Sunday Means to Me

Today is Super Bowl Sunday. I’m not particularly attached to either team playing, and frankly I haven’t been paying attention to much of football this season because I was otherwise occupied with pregnancy, birth and baby. But this Sunday reminds me of a special bond I had with my own father over football. My dad, […]

Things I Learned While Traveling with a Newborn, Part 3

We made it. Four weeks in the Caribbean. I never thought I’d say this, but I’m sad to leave. (GASP! SHOCK! “Didn’t you make me switch flights back three weeks ago?!” says husband.) Overall, traveling with a newborn was easier than I teed it up for. The baby loved her time by the beach—she went in the […]

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