Baked Beans (the Musical Fruit)

My violin teacher had one thumb and an open mind; a rich, baritone voice, and a job driving a truck between music lessons. A veteran of public school classrooms, he was willing to take a chance on me, a 42-year-old music novice with a fan-girl’s reverence for the instrument known as the closest thing to…

Two-Rice Pilaf with Grapes

This night’s dinner was a variation on a theme of green and white. The menu: Cornish game hens roasted with herb butter under the skin Wild and white rice pilaf with green grapes and fresh rosemary Roasted cauliflower Spinach and feta cheese rolls from a great local bakery I love green. The game hens and…

This is not a pickle recipe.

This is about macaroni and cheese. Eventually. I’m remembering a hot day in early September. Dinner was take-out from a barbecue place. I had made refrigerator pickles for the first time recently, so I got out a jar and placed it in the middle of the table. Pickles go with lots of different foods, not…