Things are … busy? overwhelming? exhausting? Yes. Mid-semester is best served with a Boulevardier. I was in denial through a warm and humid September and early October. As I waited in vain for my beloved crisp days and the crunch of leaves under my feet, all I can think about are soups and stews and … More Well-begun

An epiphany

I had an epiphany the other day, and it involved broccoli. No, really. It’s taken me a while to come around to broccoli. While I wasn’t the pickiest of eaters as a kid, I didn’t have much of a taste for green vegetables. My mother and grandmother would typically make me have a full serving … More An epiphany


I’m taking a well-earned rest today. The past two weeks of work have been maddening, but the madness ended yesterday! For the next couple months, my life will be unmitigated insanity, but very little of that will be coming from work. Will that result in this blog getting a bit lively again? Only time will … More Well-earned


I like to imagine that someday, somewhere, I will have enough land to have a proper garden. Rows of tomatoes, long beanpoles, cucumbers big and small grown for various pickles, a fruit tree or two. Until then, I just have to satisfy myself with my little starter garden on our patio. Every year we try … More Tart-maggedon

Wild America

Los Angeles has much more wildlife than most people (even Angelenos) would believe. I see raptors at least a couple times a week on light poles overlooking the freeways; deer, rabbits, and rattlesnakes are commonplace in the hills; raccoons wander along the sidewalks at night; I once even saw a brief glimpse of a coyote … More Wild America

Then and now

When I was growing up, my family spent every summer visiting my grandparents in Washington and Oregon. Growing up in Alaska, the quality of our produce relied on the vagaries of the few airlines that came into the city. The Pacific Northwest, however, benefits from abundant winter rains and long hours of sun (or at … More Then and now

Mushy and delicious

Something strange has happened. Yesterday, I went to the market to buy peas, greens, and strawberries. I also a bought cherries. Cherries! Generally my signal that summer has begun, this year they’ve appeared, plump, juicy, and flavorful, mid-May. While I’m not sure where they came from, and they’re a welcome treat after a difficult past … More Mushy and delicious

Bait and switch

I have pictures, and I have a recipe … unfortunately, they don’t match. I went to an Easter party on Sunday: just a small get together of (mostly) family. A turkey was dragged out of the freezer and deep-fried, ribs duly oven roasted, macaroni and cheese baked (smoking oven optional). I was asked to bring … More Bait and switch