365 Fresh Starts

A Blog About Life

We've been conditioned to expect things to be all or nothing. We make dramatic resolutions on December 31st that we break by January 2, and then feel terrible about ourselves. We think that we can't change at all because our annual, dramatic attempts at change just don't work.

We get 365 fresh starts each year.

tikka-masalaTikka Masala

Quick and Easy Homemade Tikka Masala The Assistant loves tikka masala. Loves it. Last night, when he realized that I was cooking Indian, he literally jumped up and down in the kitchen like a crazy person. Honestly, how can I say no to that? You can make the recipe with chicken, paneer or vegetables. I […] Read More

vegetable-brothVegetable Broth: Less Kitchen Waste

Turn Your Kitchen Waste Into Broth I hate throwing away food. Hate it. But supermarkets are designed to sell you more than you need. Do I need a giant bag of celery? Nope, just a few stalks. I always seem to have a couple of carrots that are passing their prime. And how about that half […] Read More

foggy-runBeginning Running (Again)

Why Did I Stop? Internet, how many times have I told you to not let me stop running after the race? Huh? And yet here we are, two months after the US Half, taking my first lumbering steps through the hilly vineyards of Livermore. It was a very foggy Saturday morning when I met my […] Read More

Map-Sylwia-BartyzelA New Look

Redesign! Betty Gets a Makeover Last year, I realized that my business site and Betty were both trapped in a bit of a time warp, having gone without a major redesign or any sort of significant updates in five years. Clarifying Complex Ideas was the first to go live in 2014, and today Betty follows […] Read More

Farmigo-pork-shoulder-steakPork Shoulder Steaks

St. Louis-Style Pork Shoulder The Assistant’s school has partnered with Farmigo, a service where you can order farmer’s market-type locally grown/raised food and have it delivered to school. One week, they were out of the classic pork loin chops and offered a pork shoulder steak instead. I’d never heard of it before, but figured I’d give […] Read More

blue-apron-mealBlue Apron Review

Inside the Magical Blue Apron Box Have you heard of Blue Apron? It’s a very interesting concept: exact portions of fresh ingredients come shipped to your home, complete with detailed, full-color recipe cards. It’s designed to not only eliminate shopping (and impulse buying) at the supermarket, but also helps to control portion sizes, which may […] Read More

Photo by Joshua Earle via UnsplashHappy New Year!

Welcome 2015! I don’t know about you, but 2014 was a strange year. It felt like 12 months of putting out fires, personally and professionally. I’m usually on top of things, ahead of schedule, highly organized, but 2014 felt like I was always one step behind. (I should note that “one step behind” means “only […] Read More

Sometimes Santa arrives by horse and carriage.Merry Christmas!

Have a Relaxing Holiday Merry Christmas, everyone! I hope that Santa was good to you this year, and your house sustained no reindeer damage. My wish for you on this day: after a hectic holiday season, I hope that you find some time to sit down, relax and do whatever it is that you enjoy. […] Read More

pesto-breadPesto Bread

The Best Thing Since Sliced Pesto Bread “Have you ever made pesto bread?” my friend asked. “It’s so good! I saw it on Pinterest, but you can find recipes anywhere. Just Google it.” She wasn’t kidding. A Google search for pesto bread brings back 26 million results. “Can you be a little more specific?” I […] Read More

If anyone knows how to photograph pureed soups, please share.Curried Butternut Soup

The Best Thing to Do with a Butternut Squash I have this really strange habit of buying butternut squash. Don’t get me wrong, I like a nice squash, but for some reason I feel compelled to buy one every time I go to a supermarket. It’s hard to keep up with cooking that much squash. […] Read More