Guest Kitchen: Presenting Pavlova to a ballerina

When I first began conversing with Al Dente Floyd at work, he gave me his mother’s phone number, saying, “Since you do the food thing, you might want to talk to her — she has a lot of recipes.”

But, he admonished, “Whatever you do, DON’T talk to her about the ballet.”

What?!?!

Al Dente . . . → Read More: Guest Kitchen: Presenting Pavlova to a ballerina

Bread of the Month: Planning tea -- and scones -- for two

Sometimes I get weird ideas. Actually, I get weird ideas most of the time, but I only act on a portion of them. When I decide to act on one of my curious notions, it’s as if I’ve signed a contract…it’s odd. I am as unyielding on myself as if the world expected me to . . . → Read More: Bread of the Month: Planning tea — and scones — for two

Searching for the morel to the story

If there is some truth to the notion that we pick our parents before we are born, then I must have selected mine because I knew they would lead me to morel mushrooms. By lead, I mean literally. During my childhood in Kansas, I was taken on jaunts into timber so thick it seemed unnavigable . . . → Read More: Searching for the morel to the story

Bread of the Month: Shaping Pan de Muerto

I’ve long been intrigued by Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Halloween is my favorite holiday and in its truest respect, it honors the night that is not only the fine dividing line between seasons, but the barrier — at its thinnest — between the living and the spirit world.

Day of . . . → Read More: Bread of the Month: Shaping Pan de Muerto

Winning a challenge to oneself

I don’t like competition, but like many other beings at times compromised by human nature, I often fall under the spell to compete and compare with others. It’s a losing battle, really. As a very wise friend once told me, comparing yourself to others is “dangerous.” No matter what, if you don’t have the proper . . . → Read More: Winning a challenge to oneself

Bread of the Month: Handing down a roll recipe

I cannot begin to write about my mother’s bread making without mentioning her kneading. And I would have to begin any discussion of her kneading by describing her hands. My mother is not, nor has she ever been, a delicate doily of a damsel, and neither are her hands. Big, rough and muscular are not . . . → Read More: Bread of the Month: Handing down a roll recipe

Field Trip: Noshing in Nashville

I learned a number of things on a recent trip to Nashville (my first visit to what I consider the real South). Among them: Mentioning a fried baloney sandwich gets people moving nearly as well and as swiftly as yelling “Fire!”

The difference being people move away from a fire; people move toward the . . . → Read More: Field Trip: Noshing in Nashville

Returning ‘home’ for an Irish breakfast

There are places we dream about before we’ve ever seen them. Such was the case for Ireland and me. For years, I’d have dreams about a land that was green and rocky, with rolling hills and coastal edges, cool and deeply mystical. When I finally saw these images in magazines and on television and . . . → Read More: Returning ‘home’ for an Irish breakfast

Field Trip: Widening the senses with Turkish coffee

I recently had what was – without a doubt – the strongest coffee I have ever had. This is not a mild statement, as I have come to be known as one who likes her coffee notoriously brutish (like her men – just kidding). I have a reputation for making coffee so strong that my . . . → Read More: Field Trip: Widening the senses with Turkish coffee

Not falling far from the (apple) tree

I am not a Druid, but do feel a special connection with and reverence for trees. I often place my hand on a tree trunk in greeting and wait to feel the vibration or movement it makes in its natural rhythm with the wind. To me, they feel as alive as large mammals. Is it . . . → Read More: Not falling far from the (apple) tree