Tressa Dale

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Sweet treats for the road

Our wild, wide home provides endless opportunities to wander. Before our son was born, my love and I would often embark on far off excursions in his trusty old hatchback, the trunk packed with...

Pierogies — Europe’s beloved carb

I was in my 20s the first time I recall trying pierogies, and I exclaimed out loud how preposterous it was that I, the self-proclaimed carb queen, had lived so long without them. A...

A hearty stew to celebrate harvest and loved ones

The fairies have been hard at work ushering in the season of spirits. My garden is ready for harvest, the reward for months of effort and care. I have been out gathering the bounty...

On the strawberry patch: Bites of romance

When we first started dating, our romance was adventurous. We spent our weekends in the mountains or in deep snow on journeys that would last for hours and hours. With just our two black...

On the strawberry patch: Making a fresh start

On Tuesday, people all over the world celebrated the Lunar New Year and the first day of the year of the tiger. If you were born in the year 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986,...

Secret’s in the noodles

The secret to amazing lasagna is to make the pasta yourself. I know, I know — lasagna is a ton of work as it is. But for me, using store bought noodles (even the...

On the strawberry patch: Warm up with army base stew

On a freezing, gusty Saturday in January, my sister and I were out exploring in Seoul, South Korea. We had spent the afternoon shopping in an enormous outdoor market just outside the ancient east...

On the strawberry patch: A dessert to dance to

Our parents took us to see “The Nutcracker” for Christmas once when we were very young, and my sister and I were immediately enamored. For weeks after we would twirl and leap through the...

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