Entries Categorized as 'food'

Pride (or is that an oxymoron here?)

July 15, 2011

I’ve hit the mother lode! My friend Justin brought over a huge box of vintage cookbooks for me– you know the kind your grandmother or mother had, with the really gloriously colorful, tacky photos in it? Well, my favorite is this one, and especially the wonderful photo recipe for this frosting party dress–click on it […]

How Do I Love Thee?

February 14, 2010

Poets Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Robert Browning carried out one of the most famous romantic correspondences in literary history. They first introduced themselves by epistolary means, and fell in love even before they had met in person. In 1845,  they wrote 574 letters to each other over the course of twenty months. They secretly got married […]

Happy Holidays

December 25, 2009

Happy Holidays. The scones have been eaten, the presents unwrapped [I got an AWESOME new computer bag], and Troy Patterson of Slate.com gives the 26 Top cultural moments of the 2000’s. Among them: The design of the jacket of the 2006 Penguin Classics edition of The Portable Dorothy Parker. *Nifty, to be sure, though I […]

But at my back I always hear/ Time’s winged chariot hurrying near–Andrew Marvell (To His Coy Mistress)

January 3, 2009

I’m starting teaching again in just about a week and a half. A shorter winter break this time because I just got another teaching gig at one of our local colleges. Only one class but it’ll help. That makes three classes so far, not counting this great class i’m teaching at San Diego Writers, Ink— […]

Marshmallow Pepys

December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! From NPR The Writer’s Almanac: On this day in 1666, Samuel Pepys wrote in his diary: 25. Christmas day. Lay pretty long in bed. And then rise, leaving my wife desirous to sleep, having sat up till 4 this morning seeing her maids make mince-pies. I go to church, where our […]

2008: The Year in Homemade Goods, Part 1

December 23, 2008

This year, or at least the last six months, I’ve been a lot more crafty (craftier?). I’ve always been someone who likes to make things–pipe-cleaners and yarn were staples of my childhood. I think I got it from my mom, she was always making something: latchhook rugs, afghans, puffy fabric picture frames, strawberry jam,  clothes […]

Thanks for Flying Monkeys

November 27, 2008

<–that’s our Turkey Soap Dispenser I just pulled a pumpkin cream pie out of the oven. I’m thankful for the coming new year. a year of change. A year of hope. A year of dazzling prolificacy. I’m also thankful for this: **this was one of those cheesy products advertised in the sidebar on Facebook. You […]

Alice B. Toklas Cookbook

November 19, 2008

Have you ever read The Alice B. Toklas Cookbook? It’s wonderful. Full of sinful, fatty recipes (butter is the most frequently used ingredient), but also witty commentary, musings, profiles of people, made by Alice B. Toklas. Apparently, writer Monique Truong, came up with the idea for her excellent novel The Book of Salt– about Alice […]

John Dos Passos

September 24, 2008

I’m trying to blog more regularly– even if it’s just short snippets. And, you may notice that in the blog i’m trying to focus on writing (and my writing) more often– in the hopes that it will spur me on to finish this draft of my book. Not that I won’t still muse about T-shirts […]


September 1, 2008

I’m enjoying my moleskin diary. I’ve decided to title this diary ’39’ in honor of this being my 39th year. I want to see at the end of April (my birthday) what i’ve written in this year. Last Monday, the 25th, was the first day teaching my Creative Nonfiction class. It was a great first […]