Ella’s Outlaw Kumquat Marmalade

  I’ve never met Ella.  She is an in-law of my in-laws.  Does that make her an outlaw? Regardless, she is the sweetest person, and she made it known on Facebook that she was in possession of a bodacious amount of kumquats at her home in Florida, just hanging on the tree waiting to drop…

Stopped on Chain Bridge on a Snowy Evening

Stopped on Chain Bridge on a Snowy Evening After re-locating to the DC area from the California Sierras in the mid 1980s, we had an interesting experience with a small amount of snow.  I was teaching in Potomac, MD and living in Arlington, VA.  After work, I was to pick up my husband at George…

Cold Smoking Confab

  The season when bacon is dear And cold smoking reigns supreme. You watch and you wait For the perfect date When the air is still and clear.   Pork bellies assembled in dreams. Apple smoke perfumes the woods. The hoarfrost makes crystal Pine needles and mist, all Encased in icicle streams.      …