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  • Emerge With Heirloom Cicada Bisque!

    EMERGE!  ENRAPTURE YOURSELF AND YOUR GUESTS IN THE SPLENDORS OF A 17-YEAR FEAST.  Dazzle with your courage and creativity.  Rock with a fitting tri...
  • Fight Deer With Dandelions

    Dear Kitchen Therapist, I love spring, but this year the deer munched the blossoms off my tulips, devoured my pansies and shredded my new hedge.  I...
  • Hang Out With the Birds

    Tired of human frailties?  Of others’ troubles and your own?  Of the unendingness of it all?  You may need a break from the human race.  A cheerful...
  • So You're Jinxed?

    Dear Kitchen Therapist, I’m reeling from a streak of bad luck with kitchen appliances.  First my stove short-circuited because mice chewed the wire...
  • Avoid Gum Ball Machines

    Dear Kitchen Therapist, Finally, I can see the light at the end of the long, gloomy pandemic tunnel.  Vaccines, travel, outdoor dining, baseball ga...
  • Here Come the Bugs

    Dear Kitchen Therapist, I am sick and tired of the cold!  It’s supposed to be Spring, yet it’s freezing outside with fierce winds.  I want to be ou...
  • How to Channel June Cleaver

    Dear Kitchen Therapist, I’ve become very nostalgic lately.  I long for the iconic foods of the 1950s—pigs in a blanket, Jell-O molds, pot roast wit...
  • Beware of Casserole Critiques

    Dear Kitchen Therapist, I recently delivered a casserole to a neighbor who had gotten a knee replacement.  It was a tasty Iranian dish of ground la...
  • Gain Confidence Over Appetizers

    DEAR WANTING

    I wouldn't worry too much about it. In my experience, people are more interested in the alcohol than the food--at least at my..

  • Manage Expectations with Teenagers

    Dear Kitchen Therapist,  My teenage son is transforming my house into a total mess and refuses to clean anything up!  I’m used to tripping over his...
  • Improve Your Mood in Outer Space

    ABANDON CIVILIZATION ENTIRELY.  PREPARE TO LAUNCH INTO OUTER SPACE OR ANOTHER FORM OF WILDERNESS.  The thoroughly fed up may wish to take their cha...
  • Find Hope With a Sweet Potato

    REKINDLE THAT LOST SENSE OF HOPE, of happy expectancy, by cultivating your very own sweet potato miracle. Uninhibited and forgiving, this lowly tub...