Kale Zucchini Latkes with Poached Eggs and Chive Yogurt
Breakfast, Food

KALE ZUCCHINI LATKES WITH POACHED EGGS AND CHIVE YOGURT

My daughter made me try this recipe. Kale-zucchini pancakes? It sounds like some health nut went completely overboard with the kale recipes and lost their way. She found this recipe on the GOOP website – and she was totally right about it. They are delicious, and while there is a little potato in them to bind the veggies together, they have many fewer calories than a potato pancake. Add a poached egg and a little plain yogurt with chopped chives […]

Email Etiquette
Etiquette, Formalities

EMAIL ETIQUETTE

More and more of our interactions take place online. Without the ability to read another person’s facial expressions and body language it’s easy to misinterpret a message. Here are a few tips from Treating People Well to keep your emails precise and pleasant. Avoid Sarcasm – Sarcasm is difficult to recognize without hearing the speaker’s tone of voice or seeing the smile and accompanying eye roll. Save emojis and over-punctuation for personal emails, and remember that messages in all capitals […]

Rhubarb Crisp
Food

RHUBARB CRISP

This is the homeliest dessert I’ve ever made, a reminder that beauty is only skin deep. In the time it takes to chop rhubarb and mix up some flour, sugar and butter, you can have a bubbling hot sweet-and-sour rhubarb crisp that, while delicious and colorful, is only slightly less ugly than a bad burn. A dollop of yogurt is all it needs to set the flavors off to perfection. I debated about posting this recipe because it’s so… not […]

Bush Family
Tales from the White House

REMEMBERING BARBARA BUSH

To me, Barbara Bush was the real-life American version of the Dowager Countess of Grantham; a woman of high standards with a Yankee wit so truthful that it tickled more than it stung. She exercised tremendous influence in the world simply by being herself because she knew innately how to treat people well. When I left the White House I was given a sheaf of photos of my favorite events, and this one, taken in 2005, was among them: the […]

Laura Bush’s Cheese Grits and Shrimp
Food

LAURA BUSH’S CHEESE GRITS AND SHRIMP

There’s a fascinating exhibit at the Bush Library in Dallas, called “First Ladies: Style of Influence” about the role first ladies have played behind the scenes and on the world stage throughout history. I recently spoke on a panel on that very subject at the Library, and wanted to pass along a recipe of Laura Bush’s, for spicy cheese grits with shrimp. This is a fabulous recipe, the best of the south, and a perfect mix of traditional and contemporary […]