Do you know how many weird and not terrible but not particularly inspiring Campari drinks I had to consume just to get one worth posting? At last I found it. Something warming but not warm, something holiday but not heavy, a drink to have before the meal. Turns out it’s best to stick with the […]
Consider the apple. Pale flesh, vibrant skin, a star of cyanide at the core. Varied yet universal. An apt metaphor for both desire and innocence— hard, wholesome, tart, sweet. Consider the apple and consider yourself. Look in the mirror and see the wicked queen, see snow white, see your fall from grace and your salvation. […]
Crisp Oatmeal Scotchies I was awoken last night by a sprite, a faerie with short spiky hair and sugar flecked wings. Small and persistent like a mosquito, she said she had a craving for cookies. “I’m on a diet Tinkerbell,” I said. She buzzed around my ear, poked her tiny high heel in my cheek. […]
Filo: a fairy tale of sorts Once upon a time there was a beautiful princess who had a real taste for Baklava, she ate it for breakfast and tea, with lunch, and often for dinner. She loved the way the phyllo shattered between her teeth, the crumbs left on her delicate fingertips, the earthy perfume […]
Fiction Friday kicks off with this very short story. gravy |ˈɡrāvē| noun (plural gravies) 1 a sauce made from cooked meat juices together with stock and other ingredients. • the fat and juices exuding from meat during cooking. 2 informal, chiefly North American unearned or unexpected money. ORIGIN Middle English (denoting a spicy sauce): perhaps […]
My Sherry Amore: Pink Grapefruit and Vodka Sour This cocktail is dangerous, so smooth you hardly notice the booze. Inspired by a Pisco Sour with Vodka for kick, Sherry for a hint of herbaceous wine, Pink Grapefruit to impart a romantic pleasing color and citrus zest, egg white to make it smooth and frothy, and […]
According to the CDC’s latest report on powerhouse fruits and vegetables both Romaine lettuce and Collard greens are top ten veggies. Better for you than Kale. This riff on the classic Caesar has zing and crunch and a hundred shades of green. The crispy collard greens are snackable on their own but I love the […]
Sliced and Slow Roasted Rosemary Potatoes Roast these deliciously easy potatoes low and slow for the first 15-20 minutes while assembling the rest of your meal and then pull them out, flip them over and finish them at a higher heat right before you serve. These make a great side or, served with a bit […]
Updated January 2023 I believe that breakfast is the best way to eat up yesterday’s cornbread turning the stale and dry to crispy conveyors of flavor and egg. Leftover cornbread seasoned with a bit of chile powder and cumin and pan fried until crispy, farm fresh eggs, roasted green chilies, and (optional) sharp cheddar cheese. […]
Sipping on gin and juice takes on new meaning with this surprisingly delicious and simple winter warmer made with spiced apple cider and Pimms No 1. Leftovers of a different sort, wherein I root through the liquor cabinet looking for something new and discover the Pimms (inherited Pimms actually, bought because of it’s visual similarity […]
This cocktail isn’t pretty. As much as I love Pomegranate Molasses it turns out it does not, as I imagined, impart a ruby hue. But don’t let the murky water scare you, jump in!
I have been bad. Not putting up a new prompt, not even finishing my own assignment for last week. Why do I think of it as an assignment? I treat writing like an onerous task that I dread but the truth is the process is fun. I like to write but I don’t know what […]
For today’s prompt I thought it might be interesting to write a quick story from two perspectives- the same character’s POV but once with a heart full of pleasure and once without daffodils.
Jim’s grandfather was a POW in WW2. He lost an eye, but that was later. While in the camps he ate only rice and prayed for the souls of his captors. Forgiving the Japanese was what kept him alive, he said, kept him alive then and kept him alive now. His grandfather learned to […]
Sometimes during the depth of winter it can be hard to image that spring will ever come. Using the image to help inspire you, reflect on that moment when you (or your character) realizes that the weather (metaphoric or not) has changed. Five hundred words or less. Post your responses here or on Recipe […]
The poem is like the starter, but not like the starter. The poem has salt and heat. The poem is not the starter but the bread it will become. But the poem is not the bread. The poem has salt and heat. The poem is not the starter but the bread it will become. But […]
Fifty-fifty “Heads, we get married; tails, we break up.” “Huh?” Asti looked up from his menu and stared at the quarter resting in Lilly’s right palm. He knew her name was Lilly because it said so on her name tag. “Can it wait ‘til after breakfast? If we break up now you might spit in […]
Homemade Sun Dried Tomato Pasta Dough Ready to Rest Confession: I use machines to make my pasta. I tried the pile with the hole and slowly incorporating etc, etc. but it just never seemed to work out for me. Sure, I got pasta in the end but it took forever and I was always […]
Crispy Oven Baken Chicken with Apple Cider Vinegar Glazed Collard Greens and Homemade Biscuits There’s some shaking and some baking going on around here. But even though we’re rockin’ you can come a knockin’!