Back to School & Back in Time: American Girl Grace Thomas Train Ride

As children are making the transition from carefree summer days to the structured days of school, you don’t have to put away your suitcases and bathing suits quite yet.  School-free weekdays may be over, but it’s still summer outside and a weekend trip here or there is a great way to tiptoe towards fall. Easing back into reading…

Recipe to Follow: Novels & stories sprinkled with recipes

I love to read my cookbooks.  With all the fabulous food blogs out there and the ease of epicurious.com I often cook from my computer, but that doesn’t mean I don’t use my cookbooks.  I browse them.  I flip through them.  I pull recipes here and there especially if I am hosting a party.  A…

Today: Free dogs and discounted cookbooks

Today in Harvard Square, head to the Harvard Bookstore Warehouse (not the one near Mr. Bartley’s Burgers. not the COOP but 14 Park St. in Somerville) for 15% off and get your cookbook fix. Q’s nuts and other local Somerville food folks will be there with treats should you get hungry while you browse the…

Bedtimes Bites…I mean Books

The problem with reading bedtime stories (Chapter Books no less) like Everything on a Waffle and now Dumpling Days is that by the time you get downstairs all of a sudden you’re craving dim sum or you feel like cooking up a batch of perfectly boiled potatoes.  We started off just listening to Polly Horvath‘s…

The Blue Bistro – (mom’s read)

I love to read and I’m picky about what I read, but I’m not a literary snob.  Since time is short and my day full of heated debates about why I only packed granola bars, raspberries, tortilla chips, peanut butter and banana sandwiches and carrot sticks as the option for snack on the 5 minute…