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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MONTEREY, STEINBECK & HUMPBACK WHALES

This week’s post, falling on March 17th, was shaping up so nicely. Today is St. Patrick’s Day, a time even for Irish wannabes to make merry. Take advantage of this holiday to laugh and be spontaneously rambunctious. I dare you. Erin Go Bragh. Also worth sharing, my recent 5-day trip to Monterey, a coastal city… 

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EVERYTHING IS FIGUREOUTABLE… #6

If Life tosses you lemons, put together Maida Heatter’s classic East 62nd Street Lemon Cake. This glorious cake was published to rave reviews by Craig Claiborne in the New York Times more than fifty years ago. According to many bakers, it’s the best lemon cake ever, one that’s stood the test of time and earned… 

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A DUTCH BABY, DULCE de LECHE & BIG QUESTION

It poured last week. Rains were so heavy that 188,000 people were evacuated from a three-county area in northern California. A possible dam failure at Lake Oroville, a reservoir that supplies much of California’s drinking water, threatened to break, sending a 30-foot wall of water down its emergency spillway. Oroville Dam is the largest earth-filled… 

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#Everyonehasastory, #Cookthebookfridays,

“Everyone has a story, the air is full of stories.” Isabelle Allende Do you realize January 2017 has packed its bag, left the house and won’t return? Already two days into February, it’s Groundhog Day. Punxutawney Phil saw his shadow. Looking ahead, (or, not,) Super Bowl Sunday, the Oscars and Presidents’ week-end are in the… 

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PLAN TWO: THE MARCH

Democracy is messy. We Americans have inaugurated presidents since April 30, 1789, when George Washington took his oath at Federal Hall in New York City. Last week Donald Trump became our 45th president. A week-long celebration by his supporters in Washington DC was exciting. Jubilation reigned. Winning is fun. However, on the next day American… 

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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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COOKIN’ UP A NEW YEAR

“Omelets are not made without breaking eggs.” Robespierre “You CAN make an omelet without breaking eggs. It’s just a really bad omelet.” Steven Colbert It’s CooktheBookFridays. This week’s recipe is David Lebovitz’s take on Omelette aux Fines Herbes. Although most countries and cultures boast their take on this beloved classic, the French were first, in… 

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DORIE & INA: THE ART of FIERCE

In the mood to feel good? Need to unplug for a moment? I can magically make that happen: (1) Read my blog; (2) While still (hopefully) chuckling from Dorie & Ina: The Art of Fierce, drive to to your local theatre to see “La La Land”. If you’re not happy after (1) and (2) then,… 

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TIME to GRAB YOUR HO! HO! HO!

Thanksgiving arrived late this year. Teeth gnashing when that happens. Deadlines looming. In three weeks your to-do lists become forgetaboutit’s. Since I’m not ready to toss Thanksgiving into the memory book, here’s a glimpse of mine. Plus, my recipes are seriously delicious and make fast work of your holiday surplus. FIRST, FEED ME. Use that… 

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