Posts made in September, 2014

Pasta con Pomodori al Forno

Posted by on Sep 17, 2014 in Pasta | 1 comment

A stifling relentless heat wave with cool ocean breezes stuck out-to-sea give new meaning to cococooks.










Two bright orange heirloom, alongside sweet yellow and cherry tomatoes from the Saturday market were shriveling—waiting for a breeze, I fired up the oven and collected a few more staples.








After a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkling of kosher salt and pepper (a 20-minute blistering blitz at 425 degrees),








the juicy tomatoes rested.








Much later, a red onion sliced into half moons softened in a tiny glug of olive oil.  Shy of brown, three large slivered garlic cloves tumbled into the skillet.








The pasta boiled and lent the onions a ladleful of pasta water.








Glistening tomatoes melted with a tangle of spaghetti; too, too divinely simple.








Intense fresh tart-sweet flavors woven together by torn basil and Parmesan led us to the patio to acknowledge our blessings and pray safety for firefighters across California.


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Posted by on Sep 15, 2014 in Side Dishes | 0 comments

Drupes are fruits containing a hard stone or pit surrounded by flesh, including plums, apricots, nectarines, and peaches—even cherries.

White Peaches--blushing rose

Grilled Peach Salsa


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From a Distance

Posted by on Sep 12, 2014 in New | 2 comments

Do you ever stumble upon a home and say, “I wonder who lives there”?

MP and I wondered about the stone house by the sea…

Is it a stonemason?

Who looks out over rugged coastline from sturdy boulder walls perched at a rocky promontory?

Is it a sanctuary for a poet or painter?

“My soul is full of longing
for the secret of the sea,
and the heart of the great ocean
sends a thrilling pulse through me.”

--Henry Wadsworth Longfellow



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September Born

Posted by on Sep 10, 2014 in New | 1 comment

After days and hours of patient waiting, our family welcomes


Sawyer Buck Mullen

September 9, 2014

11 pounds ~ 22.5 inches

Beneath the Full Baby Moon!

Bill Barrett's photo.

Auntie Tee Tee

Grandpa and Grammie

Children are a gift from the Lord;
they are a real blessing.

Psalm 127:3 (GNT)

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Park the Boat

Posted by on Sep 8, 2014 in New | 0 comments

Sometimes you have to wait --
The LORD replied, "My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest."

Exodus 33:14 (NIV)


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