When You Were Small

 Number 1 daughter’s handprint on Christmas ornament.  Q:   How many school handprint cards does a parent have to receive before realizing that they are more precious than gold? A:  One.  But it takes a couple of years for the value to appreciate. When I was young (read:  a long time ago), I thought these…

Replies to Reptiles

 History shows again and again how Nature shows up the folly of Man.Go, go Godzilla!  Did you ever notice how similar the word “Reptiles” is to “Replies”? The next time you are tempted to hit “Reply” quickly to an email, think about this. –Love, Godzilla

Broth . . . Importantly

If you want to cook tasty food, be self sufficient and save money, then you really need to learn how to make your own broth (or stock). Poultry or red meat:  it’s pretty much the same process. You will need: herbs and spices, leftover veggies, leftover chicken or turkey carcasses (or steak or lamb bones…

Cheese Grits Life Line

I had the most wonderful phone call today from my friend Ronald.  He called to say Merry Christmas and that he wondered if I could come to California to make fried chicken, waffles and cheese grits. I worked with Ronald for 9 years in California before moving to Washington.  On the last working day prior…

Kiss My Quinoa

  Quinoa (pronounced kin-wa). Quinoa looks like little spaceships or some weird sort of twisted germ when cooked. But make no mistake, quinoa is one of the most complete proteins delivered from the plant world.  It looks like a grain, but it’s not.  It looks like rice, but it’s not.  Instead, it’s a seed and…

Imagine: When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d

Imagine  December 1980 and the junior English class at CK McClatchy High School (Sacramento, CA).   I can.  I was the student teacher for this course.  After having prodded the depths of Jonathan Edwards and Washington Irving, we had moved on to Walt Whitman.  What could I impart to a bunch of 17 year old students? …

Turkey Part Deux

    (Mexican turkey and dumplings–a  Thanksgiving leftover staple.  This is the slow cooker version of chilaquiles. ) For years, we hosted Thanksgiving at our home for relatives.  We would have from 5 to 30 guests for dinner.  The next day, we traditionally went to a movie (for years–Harry Potter). While at the movie, this dish…