Eating & Drinking

Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho

Of course I know that there are seasons for food but there are really only a few rules to which I steadfastly stick:  Braised short ribs: only after Labor Day.  Crawfish:  late spring, early summer.  Ratatouille:  June to fall.  And, of course, Gazpacho:  Late summer.  Throw in Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho and you are really limited on time frame […]

The best books for learning about wine.

Wine is an overwhelming topic.  Even a simple post like, say, The Best Books for Learning About Wine, may start out straightforward but very quickly can turn mind-bogglingly complex.  Here is how it happened this week: One Christmas a friend’s awesome husband emailed and asked me what I would recommend as a gift for his wife who wanted to […]

Kale, Quinoa and Herb Salad

I am keenly aware that Kale, Quinoa and Herb Salad is unlikely to rope you in. I mean, not like Ooey Gooey Chocolate Brownies or Best Ever Rum Pound Cake (I do have a recipe for that but it calls for boxed cake mix so I’ve got to think about whether I admit that and post it for you). I am a strong believer, though, in expanding your comfort zone. Do something even if you aren’t immediately sold on the idea: Try waterskiing. Visit Atlanta. Leave the sugar out of your tea. Eat kale. It is good for us to get out of our comfort zones in small, bite sized amounts. It keeps us from turning old too soon. I speak authoritatively about this because I am a writer and that is what we do. And that is well within my comfort zone.

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