Happy Easter! (And some pie.)

Sunrise service with Calvary Fellowship at Lake Ballinger.

Happy Easter, everyone! He is risen!! This was how my morning started … Sunrise service on the lake! I got up at oh dark thirty but it’s always worth it. And the day will continue with a nectarine-blueberry pie! I made this pie for a ladies’ tea yesterday. It was going to be a peach-blackberry […]

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Good Friday and a teaser of things to come

As I sit in my chair, downing Sudafed and water, praying I’m not really coming down with something on Easter weekend, I am struck anew by Good Friday: what it means; what it anticipates; the last 2,000 Good Fridays that have already happened; and who knows how many more to come. I went to Israel […]

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Peach Collapse [Recipe]

I made up a recipe today, and I have to say it turned out rather well. It didn’t stick together like my apple crisp usually does; in fact, it completely fell apart. But it tastes oh, so good (I could live off the topping!), so I’m calling it a success and naming it “peach collapse” […]

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International Food Bloggers Conference!

I’m thrilled that the International Food Bloggers Conference is coming to Seattle! International Food Bloggers Conference Highlights The conference (IFBC for short – “International Food Bloggers Conference” is definitely a bit wordy to toss around repeatedly!) is being hosted at the gorgeous, 26-story W Hotel; there are some amazing sponsors (some that I’ve even heard […]

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Oh, tomato bisque …

If you know me in real life, you know I don’t like tomatoes. I love my pizza and spaghetti, but I’ll pick tomatoes off a BLT or flick away cherry tomatoes in a salad without a second thought. So why, you may ask, did I decide to make curried tomato bisque? The simple answer is […]

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Happy belated St. Patrick’s Day!

I love St. Patrick’s Day. I really do. My niece is old enough to appreciate the “wear green or I pinch you” mentality so prevalent in elementary and junior high school; my nephew’s birthday is the day before; and it’s a great excuse to cook Irish-themed food like corned beef and cabbage/Brussels sprouts – or […]

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Baba au Rhum (rum cake)

I mentioned in a previous post that I was reading David Shalleck’s Mediterranean Summer for a book club. We met last night, and were encouraged to bring something somehow inspired by the book. Shalleck mentioned baba au rhum, or rum cake, in the book; it sounded awfully intriguing, so I did a bit of research. […]

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Ale-Braised Corned Beef, Carrots, and Brussels Sprouts

For someone who doesn’t like cabbage (fresh or “crock-potted”), Real Simple’s recipe for ale-braised corned beef, carrots, and brussels sprouts was a perfect alternative. You only add sliced Brussels sprouts at the end and cook them for 4-6 minutes. It maintains crunch and doesn’t wilt them – two HUGE selling points in my book! The […]

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