The Signs of Wine Country

Signs of California wine country are everywhere as we drive in from San Francisco. Some are in the form of the rose bushes found in every vineyard . . . , . . . others such as fascinating little eateries like the Boonfly Cafe pop up, seemingly out of nowhere . . . , and

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When Jonas Came to Town

A storm called Jonas does not steal quietly into South Florida. It announces its presence on a Friday with strong winds and pouring rain while I type away, enjoying my usual lunch of crunchy peanut butter toast. Although I normally love the snap of the billowing canvas that reminds me of sailing on a rough

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On the Loose in London

Following a two year travelling hiatus, the day finally arrived when a bi-coastal family came together yet again for another European adventure. Armed with my new Chromebook, I was determined to do a better job of chronicling the food part of our journey than I had on the last trip. Sigh . . . Despite

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Once Upon a Time in Northern Ireland . . .

Once upon a time, a family of eight journeyed far across the sea to a distant country called Ireland. Although Ireland is relatively small in comparison to the United States, it somehow gives the impression of being far, far larger. Beautifully cultivated farmland seemed to roll on endlessly often without a soul in sight. The quiet

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Eggplant Rollatini or not . . .

Recently, during one of my internet recipe forays, I came across a link for a wonderful, lower fat eggplant rollatini. Since I am always on the lookout for healthier versions of recipes I love, I decided to try it regardless of the fact that I am the only one in the house who likes eggplant. Despite the

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Road Food

On a recent road trip to the west coast of Florida we awoke in Naples, the first leg of our journey, to brilliant sunshine. The pull of the weather and a desire for exercise drew us to the beach. An early morning jog up and down the Gulf beach left us feeling pretty hungry, but

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Thanksgiving Postmortem

Since I was so lax about posting something for Thanksgiving, I decided to share a little Thanksgiving postmortem. I had grand ideas for a pie recipe I planned to develop and share here, but with an impending surgery on the horizon (my husband’s, not mine) and the usual holiday madness, I never got around to

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My Fantastic French Life

It was quite cold, but brilliantly sunny the day we all, Mom, Dad, husband, daughter, sister-in-law, brother, nephew and I, set out to visit Aix-en-Provence in the south of France. The mistral, a bitter, dry, strong wind common to the Provençal region was making its presence known, and cozy in our jackets, we all huddled

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