Picking Blackberries Off the Vine

Blackberry Cluster

I picked blackberries the other day. Nothing unusual about that. Most every day I go to the local fruit and vegetable mart, ask, “Blackberries good today?” and decide whether to pick a small container or a large one.

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Refrigerator Neighbors

Refrigerator Neighbors

I miss Jeannie. She was my next-door neighbor for many years before she moved to a farm and I moved to a ranch. Well, a ranch style home.

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Tell Me “No Cook” and I’ll Cook. Maybe.

Kitchen frustrations

It’s possible I may have the distinction of being the only person who’s been reading Bon Appetit for 30 years without trying a single recipe. Well, that’s a small exaggeration. I’ve tried a handful for better or worse, but my kids have always told me, “You’re better at the basics than when you try to go gourmet, Mom.”

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Remembering Where Old Recipes Came From

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Our family recipe files are stained by tomato paste and smeared with olive oil. I came across a favorite recipe given to me by a favorite friend whom I haven’t seen in the many years since she moved to California. The recipe was on an index card, written in her own hand. “Add sour cream and parsely (fresh).” At this point she had written “Yummy!!!” Judy was always a three exclamation point person.

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