WANT the RAINBOW? WELCOME the RAIN.

Not for one moment do I begrudge water-deprived California a drop of moisture. After suffering through five years of drought, losing 102 million trees in its stricken forests, this state needed a miracle. Obviously Mother Nature heard the plea, tweeted Mt.Olympus and Zeus, the Greek god of clouds, rain, thunder and lightning answered the call…. 

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GO FISH: BRANDADE de MORUE

This post is dedicated, with fondness, to Dr. David Yokum, who was a prominent thoracic surgeon and catfish guy. Being Iowa born and bred in the Fifties/Sixties meant odds are heavily weighted to a meat-and-potatoes palate. In the Corn State then there were approximately 200,000, 150-170 acre family farms. Each August at the Delaware County… 

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ALICE WATER’S PANTRY & TRAVEL TALES

This is my prediction. After reading this post you’ll open your cupboard doors or walk into your pantry, put your hands on your hips and take a mental inventory. Whether you’re into cooking or would rather not, it’s smart, if only for safety’s sake, to stock your pantry well. The question? Can you feed the… 

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FRENCH FRIDAYS: LOBSTER TAILS & TRAVEL TALES

VALENTINE’S DAY DINNER How often do you serve lobster for dinner? My answer is not very. Geographically a born-and-bred Iowa girl, lobster was not a food choice in my youth. When I was a working girl, wife and mother, lobster was not a food choice in my budget. As I became more worldly and sophisticated… 

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TUNA, BEES & LICHEN (IT’S FRENCH FRIDAYS)

It’s our third fishy French Fridays in January, but we’re not talking mussels this week. Spice-crusted Tuna is today’s headliner. The caveat to this delicious recipe, however, is that it’s more about bold and brazen spices than tuna. Poor Charlie, shoved to the back of the boat again. I bought this week’s tuna at my… 

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FFWD: MORE MUSSELS MADNESS

This week’s French Friday’s post brings you not only a recipe to curry favor but also is back-loaded with tips, prompts, and fun stuff. This is the Winter of My Wanna Do’s. Admit it, I know you also have your own unwritten want-to-do list. Exercise 3X a week – be healthier. Shoot for the stars… 

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FRENCH FRIDAYS: COTRIADE

Ciopinno. Bouillabaisse. Cotriade. Odds are that you recognize two out of three of these fish stews. Cotriade, maybe not. Ciopinno was created by Italian fishermen who had migrated to San Francisco in the mid-1800’s. It’s a tomato broth stew loaded with fish sourced from the Pacific Ocean. When you visit the City by the Bay,… 

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MOSTLY INA’S and MARY’S ROASTED SHRIMP SALAD

Do you sometimes have an experience, create a memory you just want to wrap your arms around and hold on to forever? Without seeming really sappy – drip, drip, drip – may I share with you a recent evening of friendship, nourishment and reminiscence. To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of The Wilderness Act of 1964,… 

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CAPERS, CORNICHONS & BROWN BUTTER SAUCE: OH, MY!

This week’s FFWD recipe choice, Skate with Capers, Cornichons, and Brown Butter Sauce, was another Are you kidding me? moment in my French Fridays career. First, I was not that familiar with skate. Okay, to be truthful, I probably didn’t even remember it was a fish and member of the stingray family. Skate is another… 

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FFWD: CRAB SALAD & FLAG-WAVING

You got to know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em, Know when to walk away, Know when to run. Kenny Rogers I once was required to take a psychological test as part of an employment application. Maybe I was in my late thirties. While discussing the results with me, the male evaluator… 

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FRENCH FRIDAYS: A CAKE FOR THE AGES

“If my friend Claudine Martina, a teacher from Angers, had given me this recipe years ago, my baking career would have ended — I would simply have found a way to use this recipe for just about everything.” Dorie Greenspan This week’s French Friday’s with Dorie recipe choice is the heavenly dessert, Visitandine, named for… 

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