Sarah Benis Scheier-Dolberg

Eat Good Food

In Food, My Life on March 19, 2013 at 10:01 am

tagineI am sharing a few of our favorite recipes since we moved back to NYC in December 2012. The tagine we make pretty much every week, though we skip the caraway seeds in the recipe. All of these recipes are delicious, but the lentil salad recipe below has become my new favorite. I made it a few times using normal green lentils and not really paying attention to how long I cooked the lentils, nor was I immediately rinsing in cold water to stop the cooking and mushification of the lentils. This week I made the recipe with the French green lentils suggested in the recipe, and oh my goodness it was so splendid! It’s perfect for taking for lunch when you aren’t able to have a hot lunch. Yum.

Root Vegetable Tagine (Recipe Link)

Lentil Salad (Recipe PDF)


The lasagna recipe features a good amount of veggies, but when I made it, I doubled the amount of veggies suggested and used low-fat cheeses which made it a lighter dish. In the kale brussels sprout salad, I cut the cheese in half, the oil in half, and double the amount of brussels sprouts suggested. I also like using walnuts (which I don’t cook) instead of toasted almonds.

Vegetarian Lasagna (Recipe Link)

Kale Brussel Sprout Salad (Recipe Link)

Do you have a baby in there?

In My Life, Parenting on June 22, 2012 at 4:41 pm

Just two weeks before my early July due date on a very warm 90 degree morning, I stood in my swimming lane at the Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge. As I was fitting my cap on my head, I noticed a small boy in the pool next to me staring at my belly. “Do you have a baby in there?”

“Yes, I do!” I replied, both amused and slightly bewildered by the question.

“Why are you swimming if you have a baby in there? The baby is heavy. You might sink.” The boy was concerned for my wellbeing, and what I said next didn’t seem to convince him.

“Well, when I swim, it actually feels like normal, like I don’t even have a baby in my belly. I can just swim like a normal person.”

The boy tried one more time, it seemed, to get me out of the pool, “He’s so big that he’s stretching out your bathing suit.”

“I know, ” I said, “I had to get a special bathing suit that could fit him. I had finished with my cap and goggles, so I gave the boy what seemed like a reassuring smile and dropped in underwater to test my goggles and begin swimming my laps.

Learning-Oriented Leadership Model (Drago-Severson)

In Educational Leadership, My Research on March 1, 2012 at 9:18 pm

This post is in response to a friend’s question about getting some easy-to-digest information about the learning-oriented leadership model.

  • Drago-Severson, E. (2008). 4 practices serve as pillars for adult learning. Journal of Staff Development, 29(4), 60-63. Click for DS 2008 Article.
  • Drago-Severson, E. & Blum-DeStefano, J. (March 2011). Leading and learning together (part 1): Promising practices for principals supporting adult development. Instructional Leader, 10-12. Click for DS BS 2011 Article Part 1
  • Drago-Severson, E. & Blum-DeStefano, J. (2011, in press). Leading and learning together (part 2): Promising practices for principals supporting adult development. Instructional Leader. Click for DS BS 2011 Article Part 2
  • Benis Scheier-Dolberg, S. E. (2011). Diagram of Learning-Oriented Leadership Model.  Other readings that offer a more in-depth look at the learning-oriented leadership model:
  • Drago-Severson, E. (2004). Helping teachers learn: Principal leadership for adult growth and development. Thousand Oaks, California: Corwin.
  • Drago-Severson, E. (2009). Leading adult learning: Supporting adult development in our schools. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.
  • Drago-Severson, E. (2012 forthcoming). Creating spaces for leadership: A guide. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press.

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