New York is Like Cairo, But Less-So,

Carnegie Mellon gave her musicians ample time to explore New York City before our concert at Carnegie Hall. I wandered in Central Park, ate at some fantastic restaurants (they gave us generous food money), and visited Times Square. And the entire time I kept thinking: It’s so much quieter than Cairo. It’s so much cleaner than Cairo. […]

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A Chili’s Journey

I love cooking, but some weeks I just want to get it over with. This week, I had a picnic for work, a weekend at my fiance’s house, and my own lunches for the next week to cook for. So I made chili. My chili can be a chip-dip, a pasta-sauce, a soup, or a […]

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How to Run a Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper (Updated for 2010)

It has now been 3 years since I last ran a Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, and I am still getting positive feedback that my posts on the subject were helpful. What follows is a concise version of my much longer guide, with tips from the comments added in. Enjoy! Background on Shrove Tuesday. Shrove Tuesday […]

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California Pasta Sauce (Jessica’s Mid-Week Destressing Project)

Because the G20’s in Pittsburgh, 2 of tomorrow’s 3 classes are canceled, so I have a little longer than usual to get my work done. I tamp down mid-week stress, I decided to cook my meals for the next few days. I decided to experiment with the lovely dried lavender my mom sent me from […]

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Stone Soup Suppers

I recently offered to make my every-two-weeks dinner and tea into a floor event in Morewood Gardens (with funding from my RA!) instead of my weekly teas from last year. I decided to call them Stone Soup Suppers. For those unfamiliar with the fairy-tale, here’s the best version I could find. Basically, I will plan […]

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