Is it the physical bricks and mortar in which you live, or is it a feeling? Is it the people you see each day who contribute to the feeling of belonging that comes with “home”? Can you feel at home anywhere?Jimmy Carter, "A Letter from Home." The Bitter Southerner; March 2022. An overly brief and … Continue reading Home is a kitchen.
I am not a joiner. I've played on tennis teams and captained more than a few; I've taken classes with friends; I've served on boards. But most groups that require ongoing participation are too high maintenance for me and wear me out, which is why I've routinely declined invitations for wine and book clubs despite … Continue reading The cookbook club. (food, week of 11.18.13)
My daughter got braces this week. She has the face of an angel, but her smile at present is an orthodontist's dream for at least the next two years. Sticky foods, tasty treats, and caramel delights are all over, at least for a while. She has been a very good sport about the whole thing, … Continue reading It’s all ova. (food, week of 10.28.13)
Five and a half years ago, as I dealt with my company's worst PR crisis in almost 50 years of business AND tried to understand why my first grade son's friends were reading Harry Potter while he struggled with Henry & Mudge AND watched the housing renovation market head south knowing it would likely lead … Continue reading The trouble with kale. (food, week of 10.21.13)
The farm at my children's school, brain child of the inimitable Tony Geraci, is truly a wonder. It is a working farm located on campus at a public elementary school in the middle of Memphis, and it might be my favorite thing in the farm-to-table movement. Two years ago my son tasted his first fresh … Continue reading At the farm. (food, week of 8.19.13)
Yes, I know the joke: there are two types of people in the world, those who believe there are two types of people in the world and those who don't. I am mostly the former with just a bit of the latter. That's how we marketing people are, at least according to all the sales … Continue reading The two types of cooks. (food, week of 7.8.13)
When I was a teenager I went with my mother to a thrift store to buy a housewarming gift for the daughter of a friend. The young woman had married a doctor, my mother explained, and had a house full of brand new furniture and accessories. "Promise me you will never do that," she insisted, … Continue reading Tools of the trade. (weekly menu 5.13.13)
A few confessions: The weekly plan, for me, is like a closet full of Garanimals. I might swap Tuesday's dinner for Thursday's dinner, especially if Thursday's dinner is easier to prepare and I had to work later than expected on Tuesday, or if I forgot to do an essential pre-prep step in the morning. The … Continue reading Weekly menu 1.28.13