Gumbo with Ham Hock and Shrimp I was lucky to be involved in many projects when I was teaching requiring travel to many areas of the U.S. and what I enjoyed about each experience was that after a brain draining day of work — often dealing with a three-hour time difference — we’d wander in […]
Pork and Cabbage Soup When I think back on most years of my life, I am able to remember being sick once every year or two — and when I started teaching — every year. Sometimes, it went on for more than two months, lingering, wearing me down, leaving me longing for a chest that […]
Sometimes when I’m at the market, I come across bags of brightly colored carrots — carrots in a deep burgundy and cheerful yellow nestled with the expected orange. Once in a while there are a few very pale yellow carrots in the mix as well, but the burgundies are what I think most striking. Once […]
I think the first time I tried to make an apple dumpling I was about 26, give or take a year. I don’t remember cooking much during that particular time in my life, but what I did cook has stayed with me — for better or worse. A successful pot of chili verde qualifies as one […]
A pleasant trip east to visit with my sister in Virginia. A boat ride along the Potomac, a hike to Great Falls Park, and quick visit to Charlottesville to see her youngest.