tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-91471589496497102912020-02-29T01:55:19.122-08:00Tasting (a culinary journey)Tasting...http://www.blogger.com/profile/02428447404989677785noreply@blogger.comBlogger54125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-9147158949649710291.post-78018251015338272632012-08-29T07:35:00.002-07:002012-08-29T13:49:53.581-07:00ROAD FOOD There are people who have written whole books about delightful food finds off the beaten path. We are not them and that has not been our experience for the most part. We recently took a car trip to Ashland, Oregon for the Shakespeare Festival. Ashland has a season that runs from April to October each year with various Shakespeare plays and also others, some new. It was a long trip and Tasting...http://www.blogger.com/profile/02428447404989677785noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-9147158949649710291.post-39924228262067525182012-01-09T16:33:00.000-08:002012-01-09T17:01:46.608-08:00BeginningsBlogging always seems like a good idea when you start doing it. Yet. eventually the reality of having to keep it up hits and then it becomes a sort of chore, like having a job. For those of you who actually have real jobs that probably doesn’t seem like a big deal. But for me, who left the daily grind by the wayside a while back, it’s a little more than I bargained for.Still I do Tasting...http://www.blogger.com/profile/02428447404989677785noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-9147158949649710291.post-68297294486218909662011-08-16T17:30:00.000-07:002011-08-16T17:35:59.674-07:00LET US EAT PIEAs much as I like my routines and the familiar, every so often I feel a need to challenge myself. In life, this can be taking on a new responsibility like a new volunteer gig; or as simple as working to see something from another person’s point of view that is totally different than mine.With food it means trying a recipe different than what I normally would try. Recently I had Tasting...http://www.blogger.com/profile/02428447404989677785noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-9147158949649710291.post-66967327378196070862011-06-24T13:20:00.000-07:002011-07-07T18:06:27.296-07:00In Praise of the OrdinaryI found this recipe somewhere recently and it called out to me since I had been seeing carrots at many of the stands at the Farmers Market recently. When I see that with any fruit or veg it indicates to me that they are in prime season. I have to admit carrots are not a particularly interesting vegetable, at least to me. They don't have the exotic quality of say, Tasting...http://www.blogger.com/profile/02428447404989677785noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-9147158949649710291.post-84081365614145357892011-03-23T16:00:00.000-07:002011-03-23T16:09:58.908-07:00Doldrums A period of stagnation or slump. A period of depression or unhappy listlessness So says the dictionary.This time of year seems to have this atmosphere. Although I am aware that in some parts of the country January, February and March have more exciting weather than we do. In southern California mostly it is pretty blah. When we have what I call “real weather” it is not a good thing.Tasting...http://www.blogger.com/profile/02428447404989677785noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-9147158949649710291.post-68736938724440426372011-01-02T14:50:00.000-08:002011-01-02T14:51:16.260-08:00Greeting 2011 and Clearing ChristmasI have always loved the holidays. Thanksgiving is a lead-in for Christmas and lots of good food so what’s not to like? Christmas brings lots of things; festive décor, lighted houses and trees, cheery music and various sorts of traditions according to each person’s background. And, of course, food. We have lunches, dinners and other get-togethers specificallyTasting...http://www.blogger.com/profile/02428447404989677785noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-9147158949649710291.post-39038653818302464402010-12-18T15:22:00.000-08:002010-12-18T15:22:49.309-08:00TIS THE SEASONIt’s that time of year again. In November we give thanks for what we have. What we know. Part of that process is remembering to appreciate anew those that are present in our lives, and missing those that no longer are. Maybe we can be grateful for things too in addition to the people who add to our lives. An amazing sunset, a beautiful flower or piece of art or music can go a long Tasting...http://www.blogger.com/profile/02428447404989677785noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-9147158949649710291.post-70328365549609915752010-10-17T16:08:00.000-07:002010-10-17T19:09:52.324-07:00CAPIROTADAI have had a lifelong love affair with bread. So it should be no surprise that bread pudding is one of my favorite foods. Actually, there is no real need to explain loving bread pudding. It’s got to be the ultimate comfort food; chunks of bread combined with milk and eggs and sugar. It can be leftover plain bread, French bread, coffee cake, croissants; any type of leftover bread will Tasting...http://www.blogger.com/profile/02428447404989677785noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-9147158949649710291.post-24165234255815001462010-10-03T16:05:00.000-07:002010-10-04T06:58:54.635-07:00 ROOTSThe invitation said “please come and join us in our annual celebration of Luzarica”. This is the event which Steve’s relatives refer to as Gospalazoria. Whatever the correct name, what I found out is the rough translation is Rosary or Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary which is typically observed on October 7th or the first Sunday in October. That was two years ago and it would be our fifthTasting...http://www.blogger.com/profile/02428447404989677785noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-9147158949649710291.post-53785159032876488202010-09-07T16:18:00.000-07:002010-09-07T16:30:35.067-07:00LIFE IS BEAUTY FULLAnd right now fruit full. I am grateful to see some signs of summer. The weather here by the beach has been dismal in all senses of the word – it is a record cool summer. However, it is late summer and very warm in the places where fruits and vegetables are grown here in California, so there are lots of beautiful choices at the farmer’s markets. It seems that more farmers Tasting...http://www.blogger.com/profile/02428447404989677785noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-9147158949649710291.post-4780408467422126792010-08-05T16:09:00.000-07:002010-08-05T16:20:00.554-07:00The Kids are All RightLast month we traveled up to see Daughter in the Bay area. I highly recommend having your children go away to school someplace interesting that you might want to visit over the years, since frequently they seem to remain there even after graduation. It’s a good return on investment. In her case it was Berkeley. Berkeley is, as we who love food understand, the center of Tasting...http://www.blogger.com/profile/02428447404989677785noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-9147158949649710291.post-41641307014287432372010-07-30T06:45:00.000-07:002010-07-30T06:45:00.265-07:00Life Goes OnIn the last week or so I have been occupied by attending a funeral, and by cooking for friends. These two concepts are not as unrelated as you might think. The death of an extended relative was, as they say, expected. Nonetheless, it was sad, but seemingly part of the cycle of life. Somehow I seem to have reached a point in life where I am seeing more of these types of occurrencesTasting...http://www.blogger.com/profile/02428447404989677785noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-9147158949649710291.post-19891993401582056342010-05-31T06:00:00.000-07:002010-05-31T06:00:04.539-07:00Memorial Day musingsand Mothers' Day pastAnd I am a mother. I am a mother of the type who could do without the holiday, viewing it as a Hallmark- invented day. My children (or as someone once said, “I don’t have children, I have adults”) are located a distance away so the day is not really significant for me. That said, I have fond memories of, as an adult, spending the day with my mother in Tasting...http://www.blogger.com/profile/02428447404989677785noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-9147158949649710291.post-35404735886370731302010-04-30T07:00:00.000-07:002010-04-30T12:52:27.782-07:00Food fights backOr something like that. Perhaps it’s the body that fights back, or so it has seemed lately. Food used to be one of my best friends, but not anymore. It’s not by chance that I have been writing this blog which is about food and family and friends. The premise of so much of food writing from Elizabeth David to MFK Fisher to Julia Child is that food is inextricably linked to us, toTasting...http://www.blogger.com/profile/02428447404989677785noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-9147158949649710291.post-66641978788248842582010-03-26T16:01:00.000-07:002010-03-26T16:10:13.290-07:00Easting OutI love to eat “out”. Eating out in a restaurant makes life seem nicer somehow. Even a casual place, for pizza or Chinese somehow adds a glow to the process of eating to me. That’s the idea that they promote of course, selling us on the idea of having that certain feeling when we’re there. And each restaurant promotes their own particular brand of feeling or ambiance. The name sometimesTasting...http://www.blogger.com/profile/02428447404989677785noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-9147158949649710291.post-59053304172312410942010-02-18T15:45:00.000-08:002010-02-18T16:04:30.012-08:00Soup!As the saying goes, everyone talks (or complains) about the weather but no one does anything about it. Weather talk does make a handy conversation starter. Where I live it’s somewhat less of an issue than some places – but even in the absence of extreme snowstorms, tornadoes and earthquakes, we can find something to complain about. The last few weeks have had more than our share of rain, Tasting...http://www.blogger.com/profile/02428447404989677785noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-9147158949649710291.post-29302270444065380512010-02-07T17:05:00.000-08:002010-02-07T17:24:53.188-08:00Fish TacosI will admit to being, shall I say, a trifle obsessive. That is, when I get interested or focused on a particular item, I will pursue it completely. This can occur with clothing, home decor, or more to the point here, with food.Right now and for the last few months it’s been fish tacos. Fish tacos are just another type of taco, but as their own category really were virtually unheard ofTasting...http://www.blogger.com/profile/02428447404989677785noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-9147158949649710291.post-59358081467256942272010-01-24T14:25:00.000-08:002010-01-25T16:45:52.379-08:00Make Someone Happy!It’s January and I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that we have winter weather. Even with that understanding the weather the last week or so here has been unusual. We have had tornados, lots of rain, hail, high surf, lots of wind, thunder and lightning and otherwise inclement weather. Climate change if not global warming. We haven’t actually had every one of those occurrences Tasting...http://www.blogger.com/profile/02428447404989677785noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-9147158949649710291.post-63319117527202761672009-12-21T17:36:00.000-08:002009-12-21T17:58:02.777-08:00Happy HolidaysIt’s that time of the year; the annual blessing/chore of gifts. One of the things I have given out to friends and neighbors for many years are home baked goodies. And, like so many gifts, there is a lot of meaning and sentiment tied up in the package. So I agonize each year, trying to come up with something different and really,really wonderful. Of course I usually wait until Tasting...http://www.blogger.com/profile/02428447404989677785noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-9147158949649710291.post-44929772141566027662009-12-09T17:32:00.000-08:002009-12-13T15:49:50.735-08:00My birthdayI had a birthday a week or so ago. I try not to think about the age associated with my birthdays, telling myself, as others also say, diplomatically, “it’s just a number” which sounds good but really, who are we kidding? It is more than just a number, it represents, better or worse, a whole lot of living. One of the few good things about getting older is that you do start putting Tasting...http://www.blogger.com/profile/02428447404989677785noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-9147158949649710291.post-51502338170941219672009-09-29T18:27:00.000-07:002009-10-03T11:34:37.312-07:00Cooking for Friends - In MemoriumIt’s the middle of the week and I get a phone call from Robin. Robin is a friend of 20-something years. We first met when we both briefly worked together and instantly connected. We have remained good friends over the years and the changes time brings. I love being around her; she is the type of person who has a great enthusiasm for life that attracts friends Tasting...http://www.blogger.com/profile/02428447404989677785noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-9147158949649710291.post-12004770931650061522009-09-26T16:25:00.000-07:002009-09-27T17:33:29.312-07:00Work and FunRecently, I took another small step forward in regaining my life after the brain aneurism and its aftereffects. I returned to my volunteer position at the Crystal Cove visitor center. Information at crystalcovebeachcottages.org/ This basically entails showing up for a four hour shift and sitting at a desk most of the time. Visitors stop in from time to time and occasionally have Tasting...http://www.blogger.com/profile/02428447404989677785noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-9147158949649710291.post-38414613912543028982009-08-17T16:37:00.000-07:002009-08-18T10:58:24.601-07:00Rustic Tomato TartGetting back into good health is its own journey. I walk every day. Those first days out of the hospital were slow and short walks, more of a shuffle than a walk, difficult for someone who is used to striding. Still, it’s a walk, outside in beautiful summer weather, an independent action; something I have learned to value after those weeks of hospitalization and Tasting...http://www.blogger.com/profile/02428447404989677785noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-9147158949649710291.post-2929206479150437612009-08-05T18:00:00.000-07:002009-08-06T10:46:36.421-07:00Machengo Stuffed Pears with ProsciuttoIllness takes its toll in unexpected ways. There are the obvious things of course, depending on the specific illness. But what was a surprise for me after getting better from my surgery and getting home was the loss of muscle tone for one thing, along with weight loss. I am amazed at how quickly my muscle tone and strength deteriorated after a month in the Tasting...http://www.blogger.com/profile/02428447404989677785noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-9147158949649710291.post-91353886148159764592009-07-22T12:17:00.000-07:002009-07-23T11:19:05.826-07:00ChocolateI was a dedicated chocolate lover years and years ago. Not so much of late. In adulthood I got away from that sort of self-indulgence.This was even in spite of all the surveys and analysis that noted the health benefits of (good) chocolate. and red wine.I limited my eating to...oh, mostly bread and white wine, with the occasional chocolate croissant thrown in.But when you start Tasting...http://www.blogger.com/profile/02428447404989677785noreply@blogger.com0√天堂最新版在线中文-天堂岛www天堂资源在线-电影天堂 暖 日 高 在线观8 人人视频怎么了 传奇私服网站
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