How Writing This Column Helped Make Me Rethink My Grocery Spending

A couple of weeks ago, I opened a letter from my mom to find a $10 Trader Joe's gift card nestled inside. I was touched, grateful, and excited about the possibilities—the same way I would have reacted to an Anthropologie or Sephora gift card in the past. In my mom’s note, she wrote, "Buy something decadent." I’d been good-naturedly complaining about the amount of oatmeal I’d been eating.

On Food, Cancer, and the Illusion of Control

The organic spinach costs 70 cents more, and weighs four ounces less. The regular spinach, eaten every week, could make my husband's cancer come back. Maybe.

WWYD: Annoying the Other Shoppers

You annoyed a bunch of fellow customers at the grocery store. Now what?

A Whole Foods Grows In Detroit

Not everyone has the luxury about worrying about the comfort of chickens.

Regrettable Impulse Buys: Trader Joe’s Edition

Purchased items that may or may not exist at Trader Joe's.

Betting on Love, Leveling Up and Leaving Atlanta (Part IV)

November was kind of a failure. Nevertheless, I feel like I’m starting to swim into a current instead of aimlessly treading water and it feels really good.

Thank Goodness for Gratitude: It Bolsters Willpower

It tricky to go shopping and not return with more than you expected. That's because of Willpower.

What is Your Grocery Shopping Style?

How we shop for groceries.

The Agonies, the Ecstasies and the Efficiencies of Menu Planning

Once you’ve decided to cook more of your meals at home, or at least determined to start thinking about it, you realize that the project is far from a no-brainer. It’s tempting to discount the role that mental energy, creativity and familiarity with the kitchen play in cooking, framing it instead as a simple question of time. However, an hour or two per week, scheduled at your convenience, can make a world of difference when you ask that age-old question that never stays answered very long: What’s for dinner?