Summer cold?

Does anyone else get this? I distinctly remember 2 years ago, this horrible summer illness overcoming me right before my birthday (I’m drinking enough OJ for 7 people to make sure this doesn’t happen). I will keep taking Claritin D until someone convinces me that just because it’s not working, it might not be an allergy problem…It’s sure making it difficult to exercise. Or stay conscious…

Until then, with pristinely clean hands, I made broccoli slaw for a department lunch

(because it's the best)

and also a long forgotten recipe that Jon and I both loved (and doesn’t involve standing over the stove), a crunchy chicken salad (but I’m a terrible food blogger again and will have to take a picture next time).

Tonight was a very simple caprese salad, thanks again to boundless fresh basil and some rudimentary knife skills I turned this


into this


Almost enough to make me forget the congestion that’s threatening to explode my head.

Also, those of you who know me know my love for Harry Potter so you’ll have to believe me when I say I physically couldn’t it read it after finishing Jonathan Franzen’s new book, Freedom. I just can’t stop thinking about it. The man is a literary genius. Read immediately.


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