I love to eat fish —for it’s taste and many health benefits- but I’ve never loved cooking it at home. As much as I enjoy eating it, I just don’t like the smell when cooking it. Maybe it’s me, but even with the freshest fish from The Farmer’s Market (or my secret ingredient: frozen Wild Alaska Cod from Trader Joe’s), some recipes just seem to encourage a fishy aroma that sticks around.
Recently, when I was at my brother’s house for dinner, he and his wife pulled out a tried-and-true, delicious, healthy, impressive favorite…because you know Barefoot Contessa will never let you down!
Always in search of an effortless recipe I can cook at home, this is now my new Spring and Summer favorite! I’m not sure what elevates this simple “Mustard Roasted Fish” dish to a memorable one, but I am sure that it’s delicious. It takes the mystery out of cooking fish — fast, easy, and doesn’t leave a fishy aroma behind. Enjoy.
Lately, when I hear the word ‘cork’, I think shoes…and this near obsession has led to four pairs of cork shoes in my closet (and a few more saved in various online shopping carts!). I started with a pair of Tory Burch flats a few years ago, and noticed I’d always pull them out because they worked as a fabulous neutral for so many outfits.
This season when I started seeing all the cork shoes (not corkscrews!), I went a little bit crazy — flats, sandals, wedges, platforms…what’s a girl to do? One day at lunch, my friend Lisa Grotts carried a cork clutch and strutted in with a beautiful pair of cork pumps – it was then that I started really noticing (and obsessing over) them everywhere! These stylish shoes deliver support, comfort, and on-trend nude cool; I’m sure when I explain to my husband that they are also environmentally friendly, he won’t think twice about the Zappos boxes in the bedroom!
Lisa bestowed a wonderful envelope clutch upon me as a gift after I fell in love with hers.
Last weekend Sheryl Sandberg graced the UC Berkeley graduates with a commencement address so real, candid and powerful that I could recite many lines that resonate far beyond her message to the graduating seniors. The first time she spoke publicly since her husband’s untimely death a year ago, she had heartfelt and profound wisdom to share. While I wish I had driven the few miles across town to see her speak at my alma mater…I was happy to discover the beautiful live recording. If you haven’t heard (or read) Sheryl Sandberg’s words, here is the link: http://universityofcalifornia.edu/news/sheryl-sandberg-speaks-heart-uc-berkeley-commencement It’s no wonder this speech has gone viral.
I find inspiration from women in all walks of life, and was so touched by Ms. Sandberg’s remarks I want to share with you a few of the lines that really struck a chord with me. I hope she keeps sharing her wisdom, gathered not only from her experience and accomplishments, but from her heart.
• “You are not born with a fixed amount of resilience. Like a muscle, you can build it up, draw on it when you need it. In that process you will figure out who you really are — and you just might become the very best version of yourself.”
• “Option A is not available. So let’s just kick the shit out of option B.” “Lift each other up, help each other kick the shit out of option B—and celebrate each and every moment of joy.”
• “I also learned that when life sucks you under, you can kick against the bottom, find the surface, and breathe again. I learned that in the face of the void, or in the face of any challenge, you can choose joy and meaning.”
• “Finding gratitude and appreciation is key to resilience.”
• “It is the hard days—the times that challenge you to your very core—that will determine who you are. You will be defined not just by what you achieve, but by how you survive.”
• “We find our humanity—our will to live and our ability to love—in our connections to one another. Be there for your family and friends. And I mean in person. Not just in a message with a heart emoji.”
The UC Berkeley motto is fiat lux — let there be light — and Sheryl Sandberg reminded us all about the light within which will never be extinguished.
It’s been about two months since I rediscovered what #fangirling means: a female fan behaving in an obsessive or overexcited way. Well, I am proud to say that I am definitely a #fangirl of Alisan Porter and her show-stopping performances on NBC’s The Voice! It’s a surreal experience to watch my friend Ali on television, as the world discovers her dynamite talent — and it was thrilling for my husband and me to be in the live audience for two shows last week. Some of you know that Alisan and her husband, Brian are dear friends to us; we share many parallels in our lives, we consider them to be our LA family, and we are Godparents to their daughter Aria. At least a few of you have heard her sing at our home. We’ve always known that she has an amazing voice, and it is such a treat to see her now share it with the world (and so exciting to see the tremendous reaction from everyone who has heard her sing)!
Alisan is a mom to three kids — two little ones, and a 12-year old stepdaughter — and the past few years she has spent honing her craft as a nurturing and wonderful parent. Her motherhood journey led her to co-create (along with her friend Celia Behar) the Lil’ Mamas blog, a funny and supportive spot to talk (and read) all things real. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll learn — check it out: http://thelilmamas.com. So, just as she’s settling into full-time motherhood/website founder & CEO…the opportunity to audition for The Voice came knocking at her door. As a dedicated mom, she naturally had some hesitations (even though her husband, family, and friends were shouting DO IT!), but after committing to the show, she is thrilled to be “finding her voice” as a musical artist.
It is magical to watch Alisan discover the voice that has always been a part of her, but perhaps not in the forefront, for various reasons…witnessing her finding her voice again looks like she is reconnecting with a beloved friend. That discovery resonates with me — and is integral to the coaching work I have done with many women. No matter what our journey, finding our own voice is the coming home. As I sat in the television studio last week I recognized this is a real manifestation of the work we need to be doing in the world: SEEKING our authentic voices through passion, creativity, and dedication.
Oh, and don’t forget to tune in Monday and Tuesday night at 8:00 pm to The Voice and check out Alisan and her undeniable gift — and please download The Voice app and vote for her!
Sometimes you discover things you would never SEEK…and then you stumble upon a purpose.
If you follow me on Social Media you may have noticed I posted photos from a fabulous event my husband and I attended on Sunday evening. Hosted at a beautiful home in Palo Alto, the Bay Area Lyme Foundation fundraiser — cleverly called LymeAid (unintentionally topical with Beyonce’s release of Lemonade!)— featured the legendary Diana Ross in an exclusive concert! We were so happy to attend the event with dear friends, and along with jaw-dropping entertainment, the evening included some powerful, informative, and heartbreaking speakers. My photos captured the fun, and today I want to share a bit of the story behind the fantastic event.
Lyme disease has directly affected my family, and I am learning it has also touched the lives of many people close to me. A diagnosis of Lyme is certainly something one would never SEEK, but as I have witnessed the difficult diagnosis and devastating effects of Lyme disease, I also find myself with a sense of purpose to educate about this ‘silent epidemic’. The work of the Bay Area Lyme Foundation has been inspiring and informational as my family began this journey, and I feel compelled to share what I have learned.
Lyme manifests differently in each case, and is known as the Great Imitator, making it difficult to diagnose because it masquerades as so many other illnesses: symptoms associated with the disease such as headaches, dizziness, and joint/body pain can be easily ascribed to multiple conditions. To raise much needed awareness about the pandemic of Lyme disease, these myths and misconceptions from the Bay Area Lyme Foundation are an excellent place to start:
Also worth a look, the well-researched facts and statistics, with important information about the expanding geographical footprint across the country — including the California coast.
The Bay Area Lyme Foundation website is filled with information — from suggestions about prevention to innovative research projects. Their mission is to make Lyme disease easy to diagnose, and simple to cure. I support the organization and their goals with my whole heart, and hope you will read more about the good work they are doing. There is always a story behind a pretty picture, and this is one I feel compelled to share in hopes that increased awareness will lead to a cure.