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“Thai food ain’t about simplicity. It’s about the juggling of disparate elements to create a harmonious finish. Like a complex musical chord it’s got to have a smooth surface but it doesn’t matter what’s happening underneath. Simplicity isn’t the dictum here, at all. Some westerners think it’s a jumble of flavours, but to a Thai... Continue Reading →

October 22, 2103

Our tree-lined streets are set ablaze, our kitchens filled with the smells of nostalgia: apples bubbling into sauce, roasting squash, cinnamon, nutmeg, cider, warmth itself. - Shauna Niequist FOCUS:  Food Is there anything more delectable on a crisp fall day than the warm smell of pumpkin mixed with cinnamon and spices wafting from the kitchen? ... Continue Reading →

September 25, 2013

The smell of good bread baking, like the sound of lightly flowing water, is indescribable in its evocation of innocence and delight... Breadmaking is one of those almost hypnotic businesses, like a dance from some ancient ceremony. It leaves you filled with one of the world's sweetest smells... there is no chiropractic treatment, no Yoga... Continue Reading →

August 22, 2013

You say tomato, I say tomahto...   FOCUS:  Food Continuing with my 'taste of summer' theme from yesterday, today I am focusing on heirloom tomatoes.  Oh, how absolutely delicious they are... juicy, sweet, and oozing with flavor.  They simply put the common hot house tomato to shame.  I wish I could claim to have grown... Continue Reading →

August 1, 2013

After you cook a dish repeatedly, you begin to understand it. Then you can reinvent it a bit and make it yours. A written recipe can be useful, but sometimes the notes scribbled in the margin are the key to a superlative rendition. Each new version may inspire improvisation based on fresh understanding. It doesn't... Continue Reading →

May 30, 2013

Life is like a bowl full of cherries..     FOCUS:  Food Hooray - cherry season has begun!  This tiny little fruit ranks right up there with my all-time favorite foods in the world.  There is something so indulgent about a perfectly plump, sweet, juicy red cherry.  They are a feast for the eyes as... Continue Reading →

May 12, 2013

Food is symbolic of love when words are inadequate.  - Alan D. Wolfelt FOCUS:  Food Every Mother's Day my husband asks me what I'd like to have for dinner.  Every Mother's Day I reply, "Surprise me."  This had led to some pretty incredible meals.  On the menu for this Mother's Day:  Seared Scallops with Citrus,... Continue Reading →

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