Category Archives: Family and friends

The perfect summer’s day: Tomato jam, Indiana succotash

The sun sparkled on the waters of Eld Inlet, a soft tropical breeze ruffled through the mimosa tree, hummingbirds flitted from flower to flower, and six old friends gathered in anticipation of good food and long conversations—a Sunset Magazine editor … Continue reading

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Soak up the sun: Pot roast

Sheryl Crow, Soak up the Sun Like any local living in a travelers’ destination, when San Diego was our home we generally avoided the usual things tourists do. Sea World, the zoo, side trips to Tijuana, and shopping in Old … Continue reading

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Over the sea to Skye: Bike adventure to Port Costa

This week’s post was written by Ginny and illustrated using the beautiful photos she took during her recent visit to California. One day she set off on a bike ride, turned down a road marked “No exit,” and stepped back … Continue reading

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If you can’t stand the heat…Cold Tomato Noodles

Ella Fitzgerald, It’s Too Darn Hot I once read or heard that people who can’t cope when the thermometer reads over 80° suffer more than others because their capillaries are closer to the surface of their skin. I asked Dr. … Continue reading

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Good stuff: Strawberry pie

Vashon: Then and Now I’ve put away my winter clothes twice now, forgetting that a Puget Sound summer doesn’t begin until after July 4. In the process, however, I piled up four bags of “will I ever wear this again” … Continue reading

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Nature: the good, the bad, the ugly. Thai pork meatballs

Frank Zappa’s Weasels Ripped My Flesh.  As one comment said, “Frank covered many genres, even Noise,” So there we were, six old friends, conflicted with the animal-lover/gardener dilemma: after planting, watering, feeding, and coaxing fragile lettuce starts, pampering quirky peonies, … Continue reading

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The flowers that bloom in the spring, tra la: Shrimp & asparagus pasta

Wildflowers, Tom Petty If “April is the cruelest month,” as T. S. Eliot once wrote, then May is the kindest: temperature in the 70s, gentle rain, cool Puget Sound breezes, and glorious color everywhere. Screaming yellow Scotch broom runs rampant … Continue reading

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Albuquerque Mothers Day: Bell pepper salsa

These are for Jane: Pony Boy, Jack Arthur and I’m a Little Teapot, Major and Melody Spellcheck and I argued over my use of Mothers instead of Mother’s, but in the end, I won because I was there. Most years I spend Mother’s … Continue reading

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The Pot Roast Principle, or Cooking like our Moms

Glenn Miller, In the Mood There’s a popular story/urban myth about a little girl/husband watching her/his mom/wife make a pot roast/ham and asking, “Why do you cut the ends off before you bake it?” “I don’t know, it’s the way … Continue reading

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Birria: Creamy Chicken Wet Burritos

Mavericks, All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down In 1980s when I worked the line at Trumps in LA (no connection to the orange guy), my shift started at 5:00 pm and ended at 1:00 am. After six hours of cooking, smelling, … Continue reading

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