Archive for May, 2011

Posted on May 30, 2011 - by

Memorial Day Supper Club and Perfect Potato Salad

Every couple of months a gang of us gets together for Supper Club. The hosts provide the main dish and give loose instructions to the guests for side dishes, hors d’oeuvres and dessert. Everyone puts in a little extra effort because they only have to make one dish. John and I served grilled shish kabobs and chicken sausage (marinade courtesy of Diana Abu-Jaber in THE LANGUAGE OF BAKLAVA).

And on the side were spinach salad, grilled vegetables, and my favorite potato salad, prepared by Stacie. (I’ve never made a potato salad that I love, though I love ps!) She shared her recipe from Park Avenue Potluck.

Perfect Potato Salad
3lb Red Bliss Potatoes (about 24)
2 cups finely chopped red onion
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoons celery seed
2 cups Hellmann’s mayonnaise
salt + pepper to taste chives for garnish
Place potatoes in 3-quart sauce pan, bring to boil, then simmer for 15 minutes until just tender; let cool Transfer to LARGE BOWL add onion, sprinkle with vinegar, gently mix. Mix together sugar, celery seed, mayo; season with s+p then fold into potatoes. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve/ top with chives.

I’m going to have the leftovers for lunch:). And here are Scott’s gorgeous veggies and Barbara’s amazing lemon curd and coconut cake. I’m sorry I didn’t get the appetizers–we ate them too fast!

Posted on May 29, 2011 - by

It’s a Mystery to Me: Groton CT

Groton Public Library

52 Newtown Rd.

Groton, CT


“It’s a Mystery to Me”

with Jessica Speart and Leslie Wheeler

Posted on May 29, 2011 - by

A Greek Feast

You know how sometimes you have a meal that strikes you as amazing and you think about it for weeks or months and can’t wait to return? And sometimes it just can’t live up to the hype in your mind…

But I’ve been raving about a dinner at Pylos in the East Village in New York City for almost a year so we went last week to celebrate our anniversary. Just as heavenly as the first time. My only complaint is that the appetizers are so good and so generous, we can’t make it to the main course. Here’s the Greek salad: Where do they get such real tasting tomatoes in May?

Next up was spanakopita (I never pass that up on a menu, any menu,–not quite as good as Santiago’s Bodega in Key West but very good) and then a tower of fried eggplant and zucchini slices with a delicious cucumber yogurt dip. And that was all we could fit because we had to leave room for dessert:  a pile of flaky pastries filled with warm cheese and doused in honey.

All simple but so good–a great way to celebrate nineteen years with an excellent man!

Posted on May 6, 2011 - by

Connecticut Psychological Association Convention

I’ll be joining a panel of psychologists at the Connecticut Psychological Association convention on November 18 to talk about creative opportunities for the practice of psychology–finding your niche. My niche is certainly creative:).