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Tammy Donroe
I am a freelance writer and mother of two with, apparently, too much time on my hands.
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Despite the complete and utter lack of rain, the school garden is in great shape. Just look at all those strawberries I picked yesterday, and it’s not even June yet. Luckily, the deer haven’t figured out how to crack my... Continue reading
Posted 5 hours ago at FOOD ON THE FOOD
All of this cool, sunny weather means we’re going to be seeing big heads of local lettuce in just a month or so. But you can only eat so much salad (okay, I can only eat so much salad). So... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2015 at FOOD ON THE FOOD
For someone who says she doesn’t like to have a lot of stuff, I sure do have a lot of stuff. So when the PTO of our elementary school announced they were having a giant yard sale to benefit the... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2015 at FOOD ON THE FOOD
Wow, such beautiful beachy weather this week! It’s making me long for summer vacation even though it’s only May. Cape Cod lore has it that the local beaches used to be littered with sand dollars bleached white by the sun.... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2015 at FOOD ON THE FOOD
The cherry blossoms are out, and the rhubarb is just coming up in the school garden. Naturally, it got me thinking about dessert. If you haven’t yet embraced rhubarb, or if you already embrace it to the fullest extent of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2015 at FOOD ON THE FOOD
One benefit of all that snow we had this winter is that I decided to take spring into my own hands. Using my salad green containers that were destined for the recycling bin, I started some seeds indoors for the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2015 at FOOD ON THE FOOD
As I write this, sleet is gently pecking at my windowpanes and there’s still snow in the yard, but no matter. It’s going to be warm and sunny this weekend and all next week, so let’s celebrate! Waltham Fields Community... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2015 at FOOD ON THE FOOD
No, that is not a typo. I don’t mean beef burgers. I mean beet, as in magenta-colored, underground root vegetable burgers. Wait, come back!! Look, I’m the first one to tell you that I’ve never been one for veggie burgers.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2015 at FOOD ON THE FOOD
Only one more week until my book deadline, so let’s keep this brief. If you happen to have a tiny little box of saffron in your spice collection, you don’t have to wait for paella to use it. Here’s a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2015 at FOOD ON THE FOOD
I hope everyone’s hungry for some Saint Paddy’s Day fried chicken! Okay, you got me. We’re not really having fried chicken tonight—we’re having Irish boiled dinner, just as Husband’s Irish ancestors intended. But I have a big backlog of posts... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2015 at FOOD ON THE FOOD
We’re finally starting to thaw out around here. The snow piles have shrunk noticeably, and I just saw my first patch of grass yesterday where the snow had receded from the salt line along the street. Here’s hoping March’s early... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2015 at FOOD ON THE FOOD
Never before have I opened up a foil wrapper to find a hamburger that looks like it was just stolen from the set of a commercial photo shoot. I didn’t touch it at all, I swear. So congratulations to Wild... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2015 at FOOD ON THE FOOD
If you want to taste sunshine without leaving the frosty confines of your ice house, have I got a recipe for you: Lime Curd. Maybe initially that doesn’t sound very enticing. Perhaps it conjures up images of congealed proteins bathed... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2015 at FOOD ON THE FOOD
Watching Star Trek reruns with my dad was such a nostalgic part of my childhood. My little sister would smudge the TV screen with 4-year-old kisses whenever Captain Kirk appeared, but I was always more enthralled by Spock—his dignified charm,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2015 at FOOD ON THE FOOD
I just dug a waist-high path to my grill. The inspiration: these grilled pork and pineapple tacos al pastor. I’m going to try them out in the freezing cold tonight. Wish me luck! Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2015 at FOOD ON THE FOOD
Okay, it’s official. I think I speak for everyone in the Northeast when I say we’re done with winter. Done with snow shoveling. Done with ice dams. Done with the wind and the freezing temperatures. Done with driving thru too-narrow... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2015 at FOOD ON THE FOOD
I bumped today’s exciting salad post in favor of something sweeter. What can I say, Cupid wasn’t really feeling the greens. He tried to shoot a head of lettuce at my face with his bow, but it bounced right off.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2015 at FOOD ON THE FOOD
I’m putting together our latest family album, and while I was mercilessly eliminating photos, I came across this tutorial I had intended to share last winter. It shows how to make a Danish braid, which is probably the most time-consuming... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2015 at FOOD ON THE FOOD
I’ve been all about pomegranates lately. My fling started with a salad disguised as dessert (my favorite kind). It had ripe slices of persimmon, creamy burrata cheese, crunchy homemade sesame brittle, and pomegranate seeds over arugula, dressed with a maple-balsamic... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2015 at FOOD ON THE FOOD
Wait, where am I? Do I have a blog? Oh yeah! Sorry about the uncharacteristic absence. It's just that I’ve been very focused on this new book. I can be a little obsessive at times, don’t know if you’ve noticed.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2015 at FOOD ON THE FOOD
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Posted Jan 23, 2015 at codeSparrow
Our friend B is from Albuquerque, New Mexico. That means not only does he recognize all of the landmarks in Breaking Bad, but he also makes a mean posole. He makes this spicy pork and hominy stew every year for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2015 at FOOD ON THE FOOD
My last two WINTERSWEET book events are coming up, and then I'll finally get to return to being an antisocial shut-in as nature intended. The first is a meet and greet at Kitchen Outfitters in Acton, MA on Saturday 1/17... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2015 at FOOD ON THE FOOD
One of my New Year's resolutions for 2014 was to write another book. Obviously that didn't happen or else you would have heard ALL about it, I'm sure. But I did manage to write two book proposals over the course... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2015 at FOOD ON THE FOOD
codeSparrow is back, this time with a hugely entertaining book of cryptograms featuring Twitter's funniest comics, including Tim Siedell (@badbanana), Jason Sweeney (@sween), and Alice Bradley (@finslippy); TV writers from Family Guy, Conan, Parks and Recreation, and Community; humorists from The Onion and McSweeney's, stand-up comedians, humor authors, and many others. Crack the code for the wittiest one-liners and snarkiest social commentary on the web. The book is scheduled for release in Spring 2016 by Sterling Publishing. To learn more about the creator of codeSparrow, click here. To follow codeSparrow on Twitter, click here. Check out past puzzles below (answers... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2015 at codeSparrow