Rare places

My travel adventure this past weekend was local, on foot, and painful: Sunday morning’s 8-mile trail run marks the first time, or at least the first time in a very long time, in which at least half the run was painful. It appears that I may have a stress fracture somewhere in my foot, so…

Ok, winter, I’m ready.

Bring it on: The dark, sleep-happy mornings The supreme entertainment provided by squirrels, cardinals, juncos and the whole merry backyard band including that slinking cat Soup recipe experimentation Ramekin (pot pie recipe) experimentation The stoke from carving one hella long “S” on my snowboard, on a bunny slope The stoke from doing a lot more…

“Who’s making the rice?”

I recently had a discussion with some friends about the appeal of very long, communal tables at restaurants. I think I was the only one who likes them! My first memorable experience of them was in Alsace, at a tarte flambée restaurant (the Alsacian equivalent of a pizza parlor). As I was a teenager at…

Speaking different languages

Shown at right is a recipe (at top) and the tin of spices that enabled me, my friend Mary Irene, and several other friends to put together a fantastic meal of Indian food, last weekend. Mary Irene spent September in India, and part of that trip was a cooking class. Cooking in a strange kitchen…

Soul Food

Now That’s a Dumpling! Question: What did you eat this year that you will never forget? What went into your mouth & touched your soul? Answer: The apple dumpling I had in July, in Seabeck, WA at Barbie’s, with my mom, uncle, and cousin. It was a perfect day, eating in the warm, scenic outdoors…