recipes

Savory-swirl pumpkin soup

“Like all magnificent things, it's very simple.” Natalie Babbit, "Tuck Everlasting" Americans do odd things with pumpkins this time of year. Turquoise. Fine for soup bowls, not for soup. The orange speaks for itself, does it not? Normally, I am a rather mild mannered person. But, when I pass a porch displaying a pumpkin that… Continue reading Savory-swirl pumpkin soup

family life

When life’s not like TV

“Let us go to an ordinary street to feel that life is beautiful with all the ordinary things, with cats around, with children playing, with laundries hanged out, with people wandering aimlessly!” Mehmet Murat ildan, Turkish writer When I'm writing fiction, I purposely include scenes in which the characters are doing laundry or cleaning the… Continue reading When life’s not like TV

gardening, recipes

Liz’s autumn-garden pesto

“Autumn...the year's last, loveliest smile." John Howard Bryant, American farmer/poet Flowers are setting seed. Herbs are setting seed. Fat spiders have made wooly nests for their eggs in every crevice. Somewhat tattered butterflies have already tucked their next generation under leaves. A no-fuss lunch -- basically garden to table. It's true. All through the garden,… Continue reading Liz’s autumn-garden pesto

community

Boomers vs. Millennials, or not

“I suppose every generation has a conceit of itself which elevates it, in its own opinion, above that which comes after it. " Margaret Oliphant, Scottish romance novelist, 1828-1897 It’s hard to turn on a computer or flip through a periodical in the U.S. these days without coming across a cartoon or meme or even… Continue reading Boomers vs. Millennials, or not

recipes

Pumpkin-Apple Bread

"They're back! Pumpkin-spice brake pads." sign on a West Coast auto shop I shared this recipe last fall, but, as the above quote verifies, pumpkin mania has obviously come 'round again! You know who you are. Enjoy! Oh, yeah... Pumpkin Apple Bread Butter (or coat with canola oil if you're dairy free) two loaf pans.… Continue reading Pumpkin-Apple Bread