Like a method actor getting “into character,” I was more than happy to sip and savor all that Italian cuisine has to offer. And one of the first things I couldn’t wait to try when Will and I eventually made our way to the boot-shaped paradise, the Amalfi Coast in particular, was the Italian answer to lemonade, … Continue reading
Some people also swear it makes for a convincing mashed potato alternative with a bit of butter and cream. I won’t knock it ’til I try it, but…
However, when it’s roasted with chili-forward spices, a drizzle of olive oil … Continue reading
Ever since I typed those two little words back in late February, the ones that every novelist can’t wait for after months and months of hard work, namely THE END, the weeks following have been basically consumed with one task.
As I began reaching out to agents and various publishers, I answered some version of the following question: so what’s your book about?
Some agents want it summed up in one tidy sentence like a movie’s logline, while … Continue reading
And considering how good it smells in the house as we speak, I’m glad I followed my instincts. I’m thinking it’ll make for a pretty good breakfast tomorrow morning.
Almost every morning, we eat toast for breakfast at the Banister house.
It’s quick, it’s tasty, and with a little peanut or almond butter, there’s a nice kick of protein with the whole grains. But my favorite part of the toast is probably the jam, strawberry jam in particular.
Whenever I’m traveling or visiting a farmer’s market, I often buy a jar or two to take back home. … Continue reading
Getting excited about reading was never really a problem when I was a kid, but what really upped the ante every summer was the promise of free personal pan pizzas once you hit a certain number of finished books.
Yes, I was a happy participant in Pizza Hut’s reading program every summer in Wisconsin, so along with my Judy Blume and Jane Austen, I also reveled in the joys of thick crust and melted cheese. You know, whatever it takes, right?
And … Continue reading