Category Archives: Traveling

Sea Scallops with Lemon Risotto & Buttery Pan~Seared Artichokes

 Ode to the Artichoke The soft~hearted artichoke put on its warrior suit and, straight-backed, built a little dome. Underneath its scales, it was impenetrable. Right next to it crazed vegetables bristled and twisted themselves into creepers, cattails, or histrionic bulbs. Beneath the earth slumbered red~whiskered carrots, the earth sucked dry the vines that draw wine… Read More »

Winter Tomato Soup & Crispy Baked Kale with Gruyere Cheese

This tomato soup is one of our family’s favorites.  It cooks in the slow-cooker which makes it a favorite of mine.  The vermouth adds such a wonderful flavor and don’t be stingy with the dried tarragon.  Using a hand-held immersion blender, once the soup has finished cooking, also saves time {check out the one I… Read More »

Chicken Salad Sandwiches, Homemade Soda & Popcorn

Sunday dinners are different.  More often than not, the table is set in the dining room, flowers and candles dress the tabletop, dinner starts a bit earlier and we linger around the table a little longer, savoring a meal as well as the last few moments of the weekend.  But one of the greatest gifts,… Read More »

Baked Eggs with Spinach & Bacon

We love eggs.  Plain & simple.  A wonderful breakfast for sure but eggs can also make an impressive & satisfying dinner {in a short amount of time}. Quick, easy & satisfying was what we needed tonight.  The children were out of school today in honor of the Martin Luther King holiday & I managed to… Read More »

Zebra Pasta, The World’s Most Famous Tomato Sauce & Garlic Bread

I love typeset ~ letterpress, style art {and black & white photography}…it all serves as such a wonderful backdrop to the colors of “real” life.  This image comes from a “local” {for me} artist …her name is Cathe Holden & she crafts her art from Petaluma, California {where we board our horses}.  Her vintage style has… Read More »

A Thanksgiving Primer

Well, here we are…Thanksgiving week has arrived.  Four days until my favorite holiday and I have been busy making lists, ordering our fresh turkey {from Willie Bird in Sonoma} and cracked crab {our traditional Thanksgiving eve dinner}, and hopelessly surfing through cyberspace discovering some of the most wonderful looking dishes that would complement any Thanksgiving… Read More »