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Still in the soup – just add bread!

It's still January and gloomy, so I'm still in soup mode. I continue to stare at my Instant Pot, while trying to muster up the courage to use it, but right now, I'm sticking to my stock pot. However,... Full story


Soups, stews and other gloomy day eats

It's these gloomy, overcast days that put me in the mood to cook stews or make a big pot of soup, with homemade bread. It could be ten degrees below zero with three feet of snow on the ground, but if... Full story



I love to host parties, but I also enjoy being a guest. I don't have to clean my house and since I still don't have a dishwasher, cleanup is not my job! But, like most things in life, there are some g... Full story


Coping with Holiday Travels

I just returned from a quick trip to Southern California, which started with a visit to my sister in Laguna Hills. Conveniently, I scheduled my flight to arrive at dinner time because Laguna Hills... Full story


My First Year in Waitsburg

About 3 years ago, I announced to my friends that I was planning my farewell to Los Angeles to move to Waitsburg. Obviously, the first question was, "where?" I explained, it's a bedroom community of...


It's déjà vu all over again

As it stands now, my ex-husband, Daniel, the chef, will be moving to Waitsburg this spring. After spending Thanksgiving with him; well, to quote Yogi Berra, “it’s déjà vu all over again....


Thanksgiving and now the leftovers!

Thank you to my new Waitsburg friends, I am so fortunate. The community effort Thanksgiving spent with so many new friends was truly a treat. The amount of food and wine bordered on obscene, and the...


Holidays-the Waitsburg way

As most of you know, I moved here last December from sunny, Los Angeles, just in time to experience what was noted to be the coldest, snowiest winter in 15 years. I’m not a sentimental person, nor...


Dynamic Duos

Let’s all acknowledge that there are just some things that stand the test of time as perfect partners. Who can argue the perfection of peanut butter & jelly, bacon & eggs; where would we be without...


Courage in the kitchen

My fear of using the pressure cooker is rational and understandable. My first experience with this kitchen monster, was when my mother was in a rush to make chicken soup; she decided to use the stainless-steel stove top pressure cooker, so we could...


A few ways to appreciate vegetables at Thanksgiving

I'm an anomaly; unlike most people, I love nearly all vegetables, if raw. I can't abide vegetables cooked in cream or cream of mushroom soup. I never developed an affinity for the obligatory...


Parties the KISS Way

While drinking my morning coffee, a “news story” posted by VOX Media popped up on my phone. The article asks the question “is it possible that the dinner party has died with the millennial...


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