Thanksgiving 2015 is in the books! My dad and sister flew out from Spokane, WA and Loveland, CO for the weekend. I brought Dad to school with me on Tuesday, where he had a great time hanging out with my students. He even messed around on xylophones without asking (just like the kids) and accompanied… Continue reading giving thanks
2013 is over! This year really seemed to go by fast. In 2013, I cooked lots of cool things, taught some great kids at the best school in the north Chicagoland area, and spent lots of quality time with our wonderful little family. Sarah and I are going to go vegetarian for January 2014. I… Continue reading vegetarian month & crispy baked quesadillas
Fall is here! This means that I get to continue my yearly tradition of: trying to explain the concept of "seasons" to kindergarteners (extremely challenging, especially with a minor language barrier — even when armed with the word "otoño", seasonality is just a tricky concept if you’ve only lived through a handful of autumns, I… Continue reading butternut squash soup with coconut and curry
I hope you all will forgive this departure from my typical food-based posts. Because I have something incredibly exciting to share with you: My new music classroom! I am thrilled about my new space. Yes, it’s not a brand-new room, the walls need painting, it’s sort of a goofy shape, the fluorescent lights have a… Continue reading music room tour!
Yesterday was Walter’s birthday. I know that it’s silly, but Sarah and I are completely obsessed with this dog. Walter is funny, sweet, and loving. In celebration of his birthday, I decided to cook something with beef, his favorite food. I made Leela’s massaman curry with brown rice. Before serving, I took a chunk of… Continue reading minty dark and stormies
It’s been a lazy late summer day at the Hershmossi homestead. This morning I went school supply shopping with some teacher pals, but with the crappy weather outside, we spent the afternoon inside working on our DIY headboard project (word to the wise: do not attempt this project. Seriously. Make this awesome bookcase instead, if… Continue reading oatmeal-chocolate chip cookies with sea salt
People always seem impressed when I tell them that I roast my own coffee. I think that folks think that roasting coffee is an involved, expensive, drawn-out activity, like brewing your own beer, or cultivating your own wild mushrooms — but unlike homebrewing or DIY mycology, this hobby is neither time-intensive nor costly. Roasting coffee… Continue reading home roasting coffee: an introduction