Pickled Onions

These are a simple garnish to any salad or meat dish, and I love the color. Thinly slice a red onion and stuff into a jar. Mix warm water, vinegar, salt and sugar in a bowl and pour over onion to cover. It can be served within a few hours and lasts for weeks in … Read More

What Skills Will Our Students Need?

The White House released a report on automation, artificial intelligence and the economy last year and warned that millions of Americans could be left behind given the current pace of technological change. The White House estimates 9-47 percent of the jobs could be threatened by the pace of change. Economists are still unsure of how … Read More

Harmony Magnet Academy and the Joy Factor

While we were in the Central Valley we went to a Linked Learning/NAF/Project Lead the Way school called Harmony Magnet Academy. Don Shalvey has been begging me to go to Lindsay and see a Linked Learning school for five years now. I can see him smiling. Our gracious hosts Cindy Brown from Central Office and … Read More


I love this salad at Mamnoon. The greens include: spring mix or salad greens from farmers market, mint leaves, chopped romaine or little gems and radishes. The dressing I make includes: rice wine vinegar, grapeseed oil, salt, pomegranate molasses and sumac. Roast cut pita chips tossed in olive oil until brown and toss on top … Read More

Lindsay, CA: Too good to be true?

This month I took a trip to the Central Valley to visit the schools in Lindsay, CA. You may know it as the poster child for a personalized learning district. 100 percent are free and reduced lunch; 97 percent speak Spanish at home; 44 percent of the learners live in families where the parents did … Read More

Afternoon Buns with Orange Zest Glaze

Sofra is a bakery in Boston started by the same ladies who opened Oleana. Their bakery has the most delicious and unusual pastries. My favorite is their version of a morning bun that is made with a faux croissant dough, chopped into squares and then assembled in a muffin tin. I glazed mine while hot … Read More

Spring Reading

I’ve been reading a lot of great books lately and wanting to share the top five: Stick With It by Sean Young (forthcoming from Harper Collins). I was lucky enough to get a copy of the draft and it’s worth the read to help you with behavior change in your life and the role it … Read More

Falafel to go with that Lamb

I learned to make falafel in Palestine about six years ago from a woman named Rana. This is her method. Use raw chickpeas and soak for three hours or more. Pulse in food processor. Wash a generous amount of parsley leaves, half an onion, three or four cloves of garlic and pulse in food processor. … Read More

Slow Roasted Lamb with Pomegranate Molasses

One of my favorite restaurants in Seattle is Mamnoon. They now have a “to go” near the new Amazon offices and it’s addicting to just walk right over there and grab a falafel to go. They inspired me to make falafel and lamb for friends recently. Basically, braise the lamb (shoulder, shank or leg) until the … Read More