Category Archives: Personal Essays

A Liver’s Perspective

In my family, I’m the liver. I absorb everyone’s toxins. This allows the rest of them to be happy-go-lucky eccentrics because I’m there to process their detritus. To detoxify, I exercise, meditate, write, and spend a lot of time in … Continue reading

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Popcorn

When I was eight years old, the winter after my mother died, I ate popcorn after school every day. I sat on the green, corduroy couch in our family room in our colonial-style house in Virginia. My freshly popped popcorn … Continue reading

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In The Wake

My graduate school thesis was on grief and it was honored with the Dean’s Prize for Outstanding ALM Capstone in Journalism. Thank you WBUR’s CommonHealth Blog for publishing it. Read it here.

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Unraveling My Childhood Asthma: Did Motherhood Cure It?

Here’s the article I wrote for the CommonHealth Blog on WBUR about overcoming my childhood asthma. Unraveling My Childhood Asthma: Did Motherhood Cure It? May 09, 2014 Sarah Baker  I recently started singing lessons — a rather mind-blowing pursuit, since for … Continue reading

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No Longer Chicken about Chicken

I went to Back to Basics cooking school at The Cambridge School of Culinary Arts a few years back and blogged about it for Misstropolis.com. The website no longer exists so I’m reprinting them here. Enjoy! Day Eight Chicken: versatile, economical, and … Continue reading

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Scrap the Barilla: Make Your Pasta from Scratch

I went to Back to Basics cooking school at The Cambridge School of Culinary Arts a few years back and blogged about it for Misstropolis.com. The website no longer exists so I’m reprinting them here. Enjoy! Day Seven What is it about … Continue reading

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The Secret to Perfect Sauces

I went to Back to Basics cooking school at The Cambridge School of Culinary Arts a few years back and blogged about it for Misstropolis.com. The website no longer exists so I’m reprinting them here. Enjoy! Day Six Shakespeare said, “The sauce … Continue reading

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Did I Invite You to My (Winter) BBQ?

I went to Back to Basics cooking school at The Cambridge School of Culinary Arts a few years back and blogged about it for Misstropolis.com. The website no longer exists so I’m reprinting them here. Enjoy! Day 5 Barbecuing is a manly … Continue reading

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Stewed About It: Braising for Beginners

Day Four Stew is soup’s hard-working cousin — succulent, warm and hearty. Tough and unrefined at the beginning, mellowed and presentable at the end, stew is Eliza Doolittle personified. For me, it is a crowd pleaser that comes with a … Continue reading

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Recession Special: Soup

Day Three Soup: glorious, versatile, wholesome. Smooth, refined and velvety, soup can be served in your finest china. Chunky or spicy, it can be spooned from your favorite thermos. It is cool, crisp and refreshing in the summer, warm, hearty … Continue reading

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