Spicy Carrot and Chickpea Salad

We were recently invited to a quail roast at a friend’s house.

Since we were “bagging” our first batch of pinot grigio that morning, The Hubs went all out and lasered a peronalized box o’ wine, just for our hosts and the occasion.

It turned out fantastic (both the lasering and the wine).

Their gatherings, whether . . . → Read More: Spicy Carrot and Chickpea Salad

Meyer Lemon-Avocado Pie with Macadamia-Pine Nut Crust

You may have heard of avocado-key lime pie. Here’s my take using Meyer lemons. . . . → Read More: Meyer Lemon-Avocado Pie with Macadamia-Pine Nut Crust

Mommy & Daddy’s Special Helper

A cocktail to celebrate Christine Lahti’s new book, True Stories from an Unreliable Witness. . . . → Read More: Mommy & Daddy’s Special Helper

Cacti and Succulents

Every spring I get the gardening fever early.  However, we are lucky enough to have a greenhouse and so we can “garden” all winter.  This year, we packed the greenhouse with all sorts of cacti and succulents.  We transferred them all from the patio so they could survive the winter.  This process took a lot . . . → Read More: Cacti and Succulents

“In My Kitchen” April 2018

Here’s what’s going on “In My Kitchen” this month…some wine making, a cool spoon, and some foodie reading. . . . → Read More: “In My Kitchen” April 2018

Seed planting

We’ve planted lots of seeds for the upcoming garden season—tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, tomatoes and peppers. . . . → Read More: Seed planting

Whole Wheat Cardamom Chocolate Chip Cookies

Try this cookie as soon as you are able! . . . → Read More: Whole Wheat Cardamom Chocolate Chip Cookies

Southern Belle*

I’m having difficulties naming this cocktail: The Southern Belle? The Scarlett? The Carol Burnett? Regardless, here’s a cocktail for the first day of Spring 2018. . . . → Read More: Southern Belle*

Scrambled Eggs, Blushing Mimosas and Richard Gere

This month’s Food ‘n Flix feature is Runaway Bride starring Julia Roberts and RICHARD GERE. Here’s my inspired-by meal of Scrambled Eggs with Goat Cheese and Dill and Blushing Bride Mimosas. . . . → Read More: Scrambled Eggs, Blushing Mimosas and Richard Gere

Almond Breakfast Smoothie

I review Lemons Are a Girl’s Best Friend along with a delicious breakfast smoothie from Janet Hayward’s recent publication. . . . → Read More: Almond Breakfast Smoothie

My Favorite Reads

Eat, Pray, Love
Running with Scissors
SantaLand Diaries
Me Talk Pretty One Day
Angela's Ashes
Naked
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
My Life in France
Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen: How One Girl Risked Her Marriage, Her Job, and Her Sanity to Master the Art of Living
Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise
A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table
Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table
The Liars' Club
Code Name Verity
The Paris Wife
The Shoemaker's Wife
The Secret Book of Frida Kahlo: A Novel
Brother of the More Famous Jack
Burying the Honeysuckle Girls


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