What are you listening to?

  Podcasts were a mystery to me, mostly because I  seriously caught the late train, but also because I believed that they were reserved for Kennedy conspiracy theorists and doomsday preppers. But after reading a couple of articles about new podcasts I thought I would finally see what was lurking being that podcast app on…

Well-being update: Savoring and Gratitude

This weeks' lessons were savoring and gratitude. Stopping to enjoy the little moments that you would normally let pass, and taking time to thank people in your life. Like everyone else we are on the go from Monday- Friday, so I thought hard about how I was going to incorporate this into my easymodern life.…

Easymodern morning smoothie

I'm always looking for ways to make the morning smoother and calmer for everyone — especially when it comes to breakfast. I bought a NutriBullet a couple years back and started experimenting with smoothies for breakfast. After much trial and much error (error like my kids think I'm trying to poison them), I finally found…

Last weekend: spaceships, chili and the super bowl

I haven't had a lot of opportunities to cook chili since moving to California. This past Sunday was super bowl Sunday though, and I  wanted to cook something hearty to go with the big game. We are not sports watchers per se we are the fairest of  fair weather fans. When our city, whatever city…

Mid-Century minutes: George Nelson and his Bubble Light

After graduating with a BF in architecture from Yale in 1931, George Nelson established himself as an expert in the mid-century aesthetic as editor for Architectural Forum. He sought to expand the clean lines of Bauhaus by incorporating splashes of color and a sense of playfulness. As a writer, he published Tomorrow's House: How to…

Frig. Friday: A food waste update… a little late

I am pleased to say  that the refrigerator is in much better shape than last Friday. Much more 'white space' and less waste. How much less 1 lbs.  less, I would say that is progress. This week I am focusing on making dishes that include only the ingredients currently in our refrigerator. Yes, I am…

Last night at the Kon Tiki…

  When I moved to the Bay Area, I was pleased to find there were quite a few Tiki restaurants. But of course! California's the birthplace of Tiki culture. With the opening of Ernest Raymond Beaumont-Gantt's Don Beachcomber restaurant in Hollywood, CA in 1933, Tiki culture was born from his tales of rum-running with his…

What’s for Dinner? Pesto Chicken.

This is my favorite dinner. Not only because it's tasty, but because it's so incredibly easy. With just seven ingredients, five minutes of active time, 30 minutes of cook time and one pan, it's my go-to when I need to get dinner on the table fast. And since the active time is only five minutes. I…