Food Bribes

One bag contains pasta salad, some broccoli cole slaw, & 2 chicken cutlets. The other bag contains beef tracheas, salmon skin bones, 3 tripe twists, a beef snout, & kangaroo jerky. Guess which bag got their attention? I was standing in the check-out line at a pet store yesterday, holding a case of canned dog…

Welcome home.

We sent him off in January with Chicken Tortilla Soup and prayers. We welcomed him back this weekend with grilled steaks, that Spinach and Artichoke Dip he likes, and hearts full of gratitude. First born made him a cheesecake for the birthday celebration he missed while Over There. We’re so lucky. And so thankful. On…

Cheesecake with a walnut crust

August 20, 1964 – Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho Today is the 50th anniversary of my third birthday. Birthday cakes are the subject of intense consideration in my family, always homemade unless the cook has a doctor’s note, and always of a type and flavor chosen by the guest of honor. I wear two…

Christmas and the Non-Chocolate Offering

I can’t have been the only person in America balancing a ham on my hip on Christmas Day, reliving a memory. With a little imagination, ignoring the refrigerator chill, an 11-pound smoked ham feels a lot like a bundled baby. I took a few steps between the stove and sink and stove again, fully immersed…

Lime Cheesecake Bars

Hello, Reader. Please excuse my absence. I’ve been in Paradise. ♦ ♦ ♦ Now I’m back, welcomed home with flowers and hummus and happy dogs. Life is good. Viscount David Linley, grandson of a king and son of a princess, was asked once why he chose to make his vacation home on property in the middle of…