Meyer Lemon Curd

The petite woman knocking gently on the door of ER bay 17 last Wednesday opened it slightly and poked her head through. “May I come in?” she said softly. Everyone else had rapped loudly and bustled in and out. I nodded and moved to make room for her near the gurney where my father lay….

Chicken Cutlets with Mustard-Cream Sauce

Wednesday afternoon. Last to-do: pick up some Chardonnay to serve with chicken cutlets, steamed rice, and broccoli. Kai the husky was riding shotgun, his preference any time a car door is open. Sometimes he even settles behind the steering wheel, and I have to flat out tell him he can’t drive. We had just left the…

They Have, They Will, They Did

  The bride was beautiful in the lace gown she bought in Chicago, her veil so sheer that its ivory color was apparent only where it fell in folds. The groom was handsome in his military dress uniform, pants pressed with knife-edged creases, shoes glossy and spotless. The ceremony was a full Catholic Mass, held…

Baked Eggs II

“These dogs have it made,” my husband declared, surveying three shaggy mounds reclining under and around our breakfast table. They could say the same about you, I replied, as I put a prosciutto-lined ramekin of eggs baked with cream on the placemat in front of him. One for B, and one for me. Freshly cut…

Two-fer: Fig Bruschetta & Fig Bites

Until he gave them up for good a few years ago, my husband loved Fig Newtons with an intensity people usually reserve for their favorite sports teams. I would buy five or six packages at a time and store them on a certain shelf in the pantry, so he’d always have a ready supply. He…

Snapshot: Watermelon Plugs

Did you catch the video making social media rounds recently showing another new way to cut and serve a watermelon? It’s simple and works great. Pictured above is a mini-melon, the perfect size for my small household. Slice it in half on a cutting board. Place one of the halves cut side down. Slice it…

Raves and Faves 26

One wall in my dining room is dedicated to a changing display of photos hung on rows of shiny, black clipboards. I print the photos on premium photo paper with a cheap but serviceable ink jet printer, and nearly all of the images were taken with my iPhone camera. What’s the use of leaving those…

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

Last born had a birthday on Sunday. After warm spinach-artichoke dip and zingy cucumber dip; after frozen strawberry margaritas whose fruit factor was boosted with homemade strawberry jam; after burgers and hot dogs sizzling from the grill,  sweet and bacony baked beans, and potato-egg salad with fronds of fresh dill (that I should have chopped…

Strawberry Jam

Silly me. I must have misread the label on the strawberry plants I bought last month. I thought I was buying a variety called Ozark Beauty. Instead, I must have bought some called ANT FOOD, by mistake. Good thing there’s a strawberry farm in nearby Cabot, Arkansas, that grows lusciously sweet fruit, red-ripe to the…

Chicken with White Beans and Tomatoes

My favorite kind of Saturday night is spent at home sharing a good meal and a good movie with my husband. That good meal last night was this, a recipe published by Real Simple magazine and available by clicking here. Please, go now and print it on paper, then tuck it into the fire-proof box…