And So It Continues…

Here we are, now in week three of the renovations.  Have I mentioned how impatient I am?  The beginning of the process went so quickly that I was irritated when everything came to a grinding halt with the counters.  Counters went in yesterday and backsplash today! So what’s a cook to do when she can’t…

Anticipation

To be honest I never have said I was good at waiting for ANYTHING. As a young person I would shake the gifts under the tree and try to guess what was in them. I would try to sneak into Mom’s closet to find out what my gifts were. When I am ready for a…

Shave and a Haircut – Two Bits!

What would you do if one of your friends or family members had cancer? Would you shave your head to show solidarity and support because they will likely be losing their hair in treatment? Each year I THINK I am going to shave my head for St. Baldrick’s on March 1st and then I chicken…

A New Hope…

This is Red Leader –  Operation Happy Mama proceeding according to plan.  Installation in progress.  Please view attached images to observe progress to date: Day 1: Day 2: Day 3: Day 4: Day 5: Day 6: Day 7 : Electric installed back in the island.  New sockets ready and hot. Day 8: Red Leader here –…

Starve a Fever, Feed a Cold? Soup recipe!

As a kid, I caught everything, chicken pox twice, but as an adult I am rarely sick.  When I do catch a cold, however, I am miserable.  I don’t want anyone around me.  Everything tastes wrong or bland because I am so congested and all I want to do is eat comfort food in the…

Chefs to the Max

Sunday 19 January 2014 will forever be engraved in my mind as one of the best dining days of my entire life!  That night was the first of the Chefs to the Max events in support of injured food writer Max Jacobson.  Max was hit by a car while crossing the street 2 days before…

In the Moment

My Dad told me that he took his watch off April 25th 2007 and hasn’t put it back on since. WHY?  He had a massive heart attack that day and decided that what was going on around him was so much more important than what was going on with the face of his watch.  In…

How to be a Good Guest this Holiday Season (or any time, really)

The mantra when I was growing up was, “Never show up at someone’s house empty-handed.” I still adhere to that rule, but what does it EXACTLY mean? Each time I go to a friend’s house I should bring something? Well…not precisely. Here are a few guidelines for you. And if you are coming to MY…

Pot Roast – Yes, Really

I KNOW I am going to have poultry as a feast, so I tend to crave things that WON’T be served during that meal. The cravings began yesterday starting with sushi and ending with my desire for making a pot roast. (Moment of Truth – I actually like pot roast better after it has been…

New Traditions

As John and I age and the years pass us by, the holiday family traditions we have had from our youth have gone the way of the Dodo, and we have created our own. It started innocently enough. Pizza on Xmas Eve, Chinese on our Anniversary, dinner out for Xmas day and the Island of…