Anticipating the 2017 Rebirth of the Hotel de Crillon in Paris

Anticipating the 2017 Rebirth of the Hotel de Crillon in Paris

Visiting Paris is memorable enough with its epic architecture and world-class museums. And then you add the food. The French know food. I recall Julia Child writing about her first, and one of her favorite meals, in France, sole meuniere. The French work their magic...
Kale in a Gale

Kale in a Gale

Kale is ubiquitous. I see bumper stickers and t-shirts saying “eat more kale” and restaurant menus with bruised kale, walnut and whatever salad, kale this and kale that. Next, we’ll hear that renewable energy can be extracted from kale. One can hope. But seriously...
Top Five Fall Fancies

Top Five Fall Fancies

The morning air has that cool, mossy, dried-leaf scent. The days are growing shorter. Fall is upon us. One of my favorite times of year, autumn, comes with an instinctual urge to make comfort food and travel to the mountains and the high desert in Oregon. I’ve put...
Retreating

Retreating

When my “to do” lists start chasing me around the house it is time to flee. I have a room in our house that is dedicated to my writing and most of the time it truly is my creative sanctuary; like this morning. I’m typing away. It is quiet. Things on the old “to do”...
Apples and Pears…Oh My! Garden Observations and Recipes

Apples and Pears…Oh My! Garden Observations and Recipes

I have a small garden on the edge of the city with one heirloom apple tree and one pear. I am swimming in fruit. The apples are done but the pears are prolific this year. I don’t use any pesticides and grow everything in my garden organically. Most of us urban organic...

A Four-day Summer Dinner Menu For Visitors

I don’t know about you but when I have friends or family visiting, the first thing I think about after the excitement of seeing my visitors is what I’m going to feed them. I tell my family, “food is love.” Now, certain television celebrities or maybe psychologists...