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Summer Pasta with Pesto, Grilled Salmon and Corn | Umami Girl

A good bowl of summer pasta is a great joy. That’s a truth universally acknowledged. (Sorry, I’ve got Victorian literature on the brain, not to mention on my arm.) Summer pasta can — and frankly should, if you’re living right 🙂 — take many shapes over the course of the season. For one thing, it’s a lovely way to turn leftovers from the grill into something new and wonderful.  (more…)

Charlotte Bronte Jane Eyre Literary Tattoos | Umami Girl

Photo credit: Addie Cope

I always try — and often fail spectacularly — to have a little stash of fun gifts on hand to bring for hosts or to wrap up for someone or other at the last minute when the mood strikes. And sometimes, like when we popped into The Bennington Bookshop in Bennington, VT a few weeks ago and sheepishly bought more novelties than books, I choose to keep a few of them for myself.

Charlotte Bronte Jane Eyre Literary Tattoos | Umami Girl

Photo credit: Addie Cope

A couple of favorites from that trip, which are also available online:

Literary tattoos! I have to admit I’d basically spent an entire year looking forward to nabbing these Jane Eyre temporary tattoos on our trip to Bennington, ever since Addie had picked some up for herself during a piano camp town outing last summer. I knew I could find them elsewhere during the year, but somehow it began to feel like a nice little ritual to wait for Bennington, so I did.

You, on the other hand, can find them here or maybe at your local independent bookstore.  (more…)

The Best Sauteed Mushrooms Recipe | Umami Girl

I joked on Twitter a while back that although the Umami Girl recipe index has lots of categories, it really only needs two: HAZ MUSHROOMS and DESSERTS. It’s funny ’cause it’s true, people. Still, somehow the simplest, most mushroomy dish of all — a good old sautéed mushrooms recipe, cooked to perfection with a few simple tactics — made it nine years without an appearance.

That changes now. 🙂  (more…)

Eggs Florentine are a special but tooootally do-able breakfast or brunch inspired by Carluccio’s and one of our favorite London traditions.

Eggs Florentine Carluccio's Style | Umami Girl

I miss living in London. There, I said it. It’s a ridiculous, nostalgic brand of missing at this point, all wistful memories of our highlights and total disregard of the annoyances and challenges. I’m okay with that.

One beautiful highlight was my Saturday morning tradition with the big girl, who, looking back, wasn’t so big. We’d rush to her piano lesson, just the two of us, often missing the last reasonable bus by seconds. Hop into a black cab. She’d have her lesson, I’d stay and listen unless I couldn’t wait a minute more for coffee. Then we’d walk the gorgeous walk from West Hampstead eastward to Rosslyn Hill, cutting through Shepherd’s Walk, the Narnian passageway that leads from Fitzjohns Avenue right to Carluccio’s(more…)

George Cope and Jonathan Cope | Umami GirlThree hundred dollars. Ten dollars a day. Invested passively each month in the S&P 500 until 65 is: Whoa, that’s more commas than I expected. 

My father smiled. He nodded. He went back to reading the paper and watching the Merrimack River with its birds and boats. 

I was home from college for the summer working at a law firm stacking books in their fancy downtown office library for $9.00 an hour. There were a lot of books and not as much adherence to the Dewey decimal system as I would have expected so there were always 45-50 hours a week to work. 

What to do with all the money? 

Save it. Obviously.  (more…)


Hi there, I'm Carolyn, and I'm delighted you're here. I'm a NYC-area food, travel, yoga, coffee, wine, running, music making and book obsessive with a great family and a love for sharing it all with you. Grab a drink and come on in. Learn more.

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