Bread of the Month: Crafting a snack cracker

I began taking comfort in crackers early. We always had a big box (or two) of saltines in the cupboard, the pale, salty little squares ever-constant companions to soups and chili. But I made them my own snack, more than anything. Sometimes plain, but often spread with butter and jam, I even turned them into . . . → Read More: Bread of the Month: Crafting a snack cracker

Popcorn and a Movie: Living in a big heart story

I’ve been asked what my favorite movie is. I don’t answer right away. When your favorite movie (or, at least one of the top three) is “Sling Blade,” you hold off telling because people will react in a couple of ways. They will either stare at you as if you are deeply disturbed and/or they . . . → Read More: Popcorn and a Movie: Living in a big heart story

Popcorn and a Movie: Finding hope in horror

One dark night, a long time ago, I sat down on the couch by myself after a very rough day, probably one of the worst in my life. I’d been handed down some news so devastating that it seemed insurmountable. My life was different from that point on. I no longer knew myself. Whatever rug . . . → Read More: Popcorn and a Movie: Finding hope in horror

Snacking on zesty nut mix

The phenomenon of reaching for the crunchy/salty in times of need — stress, depression, boredom, etc. — is not new. Studies have shown that the crunchy/salty elevates the mood, with both a texture and taste satisfaction. Thus, popcorn and other crispy sorts have always been high on my list. And nuts! Who cannot love them? . . . → Read More: Snacking on zesty nut mix