Posts made in May, 2016

Spring Eats

Posted by on May 31, 2016 in Pasta | 1 comment


On that Friday, before I admitted I was ill, my friend Martha (who used to live here), and I lunched at Mozza, where Mario Batali’s unapologetic cutting edge playlist descends foremost; received either like a raised brow frown or a high beam grin.  Next, aroma and hospitality glide you to your table and time rests for a while, in the manner of fine dining or spontaneous respite and virtuous sourced food shaped by gifted hands ought to.  Although we didn’t eat much, we splurged on ultra-special antipasti with abandon—our conversation and connection never missing a high or low note after nine years!

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Spring Peas Salad with Mint and Cacio de Roma cheese; a young, tangy, semi-soft Italian sheep’s cheese.

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Creamy, oozy Buratta, imported from Puglia--with chunks of rustic bread elevated with Maldon Salt


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Posted by on May 26, 2016 in New | 0 comments


Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. To these, I commit my day. If I succeed, I will give thanks. If I fail, I will seek His grace. And then, when this day is done, I will place my head on my pillow and rest.

--Max Lucado, When God Whispers Your Name

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Altered States

Posted by on May 24, 2016 in New | 0 comments

Oh my, is it Tuesday?  I couldn't have known; fever causes lucid fierce dreams and, hours cartwheel by in a tunnel of slow-mo minutia.





All earthly things are the shadows of heavenly realities--the expression, in created, visible forms of the invisible glory of God.

--Andrew Murray, The True Vine

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If I Had a Bucket List…

Posted by on May 20, 2016 in Salad | 0 comments

Photo: wikipedia



Reading online and from travel books regarding various ancient pilgrimage routes to Santiago de Compostela, Spain (thought to be the final resting place of St. James); I learned the journey has no starting point per se, pilgrims began from wherever they lived.


Regardless, one well-liked prevailing strand, a two-month trek, runs through the city of Le-Puy-en-Valey where it just so happens, Le Puy green lentils hail; not surprisingly protected and documented by French authority.


That rabbit hole led me to a few heirloom lentils resting in my pantry, which hail from Idaho.  Then, inspired by Bon Appetit’s magnificent legume and vegetable salad, it became a trendspotting grain bowl supper.


Notice, a cinnamon stick, and star anise found their way into the pot of lentils


(use a quart of water for 1 1/2 cups of dry lentils).

Marinated Lentils with Crunchy Vegetables combines rich, earthy lentils dressed in fragrant toasted seeds in olive oil with vibrant aged sherry vinegar into a robust scrumptious textured dish.


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 and ground them before adding them to the hot oil;


an additional step preventing an unwelcome bite, in my opinion. Off heat, pour in the vinegar.  Careful; this is hot business.


Drain the lentils; toss the onion, leaves, and sticks. Reserve the tasty cooking water.


Pour the hot dressing over the warm lentils and stir gently.


Moreover, I upped the ante, by pairing the lentils with seedy quinoa gems cooked in the too-good-to-toss lentil pot liquor.

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What a posh way to eat your creamy healthful grains; moving exotic pockets of texture and crunch to wherever you fancy. AND, don’t forget the velvety, crusty avocado toast with coarse salt, and pink cheeked peppercorns.


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When Jasmine Blooms

Posted by on May 18, 2016 in New | 3 comments

 Ty and Britton's 20th Wedding Anniversary!

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May 18, 1996

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Love is a temporary madness, it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathless, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of eternal passion. That is just being "in love" which any fool can do. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and that is both an art and a fortunate accident. Those that truly love, have roots that grow towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossoms have fallen from the branches, they find that they are one tree and not two.

--Leslie Veen

 “As God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”

Colossians 3:12-14

Happy Anniversary, Ty and Britton.

May God continue to have His hand and favor on you.

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