Thank you for everything, my souper little dumpling

Thank you for everything, my souper little dumpling

On a kitchen table that had seen so many culinary triumphs (mostly at the hands of my offspring), my daughter Molly notched another big one as the last hours ticked away from a tumultous year. Ignoring, or maybe inspired by, all the tumult around her, Molly sat down and serenely rolled, cut, stuffed and folded [...]

Alaskan candy

Alaskan candy

I can't say I've ever been to Alaska, though it's definitely a bucket list destination for me. But, thanks to my Alaskan Kris Kringle, I can say I've tasted its delicacies and Holy Mackerel! my tastebuds and I really can't wait to make the trip. Having been assigned my name in the family Secret Santa, [...]

Hope in our own kind of who-ville

Hope in our own kind of who-ville

I love when holidays snuggle up to weekends and you can hit the snooze button on life for an extra day or two. I especially love when some of the people with whom you've made holiday memories can stick around a while and savor them with you. In a holiday full of them, one particular [...]

Peter Piper

Peter Piper

I have no logical explanation for the red and green explosion that is happening right now in my family room, where a couple of seeds we planted 2½ years ago continues to produce a plethora of peppers that would make Peter Piper proud. Against all odds, those little red hot chili peppers rooted themselves in [...]