Snapshot: Multi-tasking

Distracted dining while sorting several months’-worth of magazines for tomorrow’s recycling pick-up. The cooking mags stay. Dinner tonight was tasty leftovers from my first try at Instant Pot cooking. “We can’t keep these in stock,” the clerk at Williams-Sonoma told me last weekend as she rang up my new pressure cooker/slow cooker/steamer. “It’s like a…

Snapshot: Creamy Tomato Soup

  Today was cold and sunny. Lunch was hot, homemade tomato soup with a grilled cheese sandwich on the side. Such goodness took the sting out of spending the rest of the afternoon balancing the checkbook and chasing a phantom $153 charge. I put a big pinch of dried saffron in the pot as the…

Snapshot(s): Halloween 2015

Last night’s Halloween was one for the record books. Five hundred ninety-six trick-or-treaters came calling, descending upon our neighborhood in hordes of super heroes, princesses, and pirates. We had just enough candy to go around. After days of endless rain, the weather turned autumnally perfect — crisp and cool, stars speckling the damp night sky…

Snapshot: Alice Signed My Cookbooks, 33 Years Apart

I bought a cookbook last month for the author’s signature inside.  My Pantry, by Alice Waters, arrived yesterday in a box on my doorstep. Food52.com offered the signed copies through their online shop, so there were several degrees of separation between me and Alice in this transaction. That was not the case the first time…

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…

Snapshot: Easter Table

I planted a garden down the center of my dining table for dinner at sunset on Holy Saturday. Even the nest was real, built two years ago by birds on the ledge of a bathroom window at my house. One of the birds had a decorator’s eye, finishing off the nest with a ruff of…

Snapshot: Champagne Tasting

Champagne tasting with my Valentine and friends at The Capital Hotel in Little Rock on February 14, 2015. (So glad I’m not in charge of washing stemware.) Sometimes the photo is the story.