3.6.15 March Hot Links

Winter house 790 xxx
photos by gluttonforlife

The guy who plows our driveway is not the sharpest knife in the drawer. Every time it snows, he comes by and makes a huge mountain at the end of our front walk. I guess it hasn't occurred to him that we actually leave the house. At any rate, after the recent snowfall, there was a wall nearly four feet high and almost as wide. It was so wet and heavy that heaving every shovelful was a considered effort. Such a sisyphean task is what passes for a good workout here in the boondocks. And someone in my yoga class told me to spray the shovel with Pam to prevent the snow from sticking. Who am I and how did I get here?

House summer 790 xxx
come what may

It's hard to believe that this hard white winter will ever give way to a gentle, fragrant spring. But it will. Soon, the woods will run with cold, cackling streams and green will overtake everything. I am living for that moment.


Until then, while we are still snowbound or lost in the internal gaze that is winter, here are a few links and laughs and learnings I have collected for you:


A dear friend served this at dinner the other night and it was addictive


Don't even ask me how I came across this but isn't it fascinating?


Have you heard of the Kondo craze? (Stay tuned for photos of my newly Kondoized drawers!)


The ultimate recipe for pho (Pronounced "fuh," btw)

An interesting perspective on habits


My new obsession: face massage


This is fun


Do you know about NPR's Tiny Desk musical series? Love this one


I adore an efficient, ruggedly chic and well-priced bag


Has anyone else bought a Spiralizer? I've yet to open mine but here are some things I might make with it...


Articles like this, this and this would seem to indicate there's a real trend happening in "compost cuisine"


This book will help you start thinking about how to more efficiently use food in your own kitchen


Please consider planning a weekend getaway up in my neck of the woods (I may be offering some dinners and workshops this summer!) See here also; or stay here or here.


Speaking of weekends, have a beautiful one, my friends. Treat yourselves well and don't forget to "Spring Forward" on Sunday! xo



I have unsubscribed myself several times by accident. Can you please make it less obvious to push the wrong button? I love your blogs and would hate to miss out!
Rita on March 6, 2015 at 4:45 pm —
Sorry about that, Rita, and thanks for letting me know. Are you looking on your phone? We tried resolving this issue once by making the unsubscribe link smaller and changing it to the same color (when it was blue I guess people would click on it more) - do you have any other suggestion for what we could do here?
laura on March 6, 2015 at 5:08 pm —
I am working at a snail's pace through the Miracle Tidying-up book. I do enjoy it anyway. For your getaway list may I recommend Spillian? It's an internet mythlover friends place - http://spillian.com .
Karen O on March 7, 2015 at 12:29 pm —
Great tip, Karen. That's further north than where I am, but looks like a fascinating place with lots of history!
laura on March 7, 2015 at 1:04 pm —
Hi Laura, Just wanted to let you know I recently made your delicious flan recipe for a friend's birthday party (I made it in one large cheesecake form instead of individual molds - slightly more tricky to obtain a perfect finish visually) and it was delicious! Everyone over here in Tuscany went crazy for it. This is actually the second time I made it, and I think now it's a keeper forever. Thank you!
kristina foley on March 9, 2015 at 10:59 am —
Thanks so much for letting me know, Kristina! Love the thought of Tuscans going crazy over flan!
laura on March 9, 2015 at 11:08 am —
Yes, the success of the flan then led to a long debate about the difference between flan, creme brulee and other similar cream-egg-sugar concotions...Oh Italians, if there is something better than eating food, it's talking about food...and still better yet, the two combined.
kristina on March 11, 2015 at 9:53 am —
I couldn't agree more!
laura on March 11, 2015 at 10:58 am —