Italian food really reflects the people. It reflects like a prism that fragments into regions. ~ Lidia Bastianich If you’ve grown up believing fabulous plates of pasta, pizza, and bread were the greatest pleasures Italian cooking had to offer, hold on to your...
Nearly all the best things . . . have been unexpected, unplanned by me. ~ Carl Sandburg The last gold rush began in 1896 when George Cormack went fishing for salmon but found gold nuggets instead. Or so the story goes. Just like that prospector, you often come upon...
“Such was life in the Golden Gate: Gold dusted all we drank and ate…” — Robert Frost QUESTION: Is or isn’t California in the Southwest? ANSWER: Yes. Depends on who you talk to. According to the map alone, California is in the southwest....
“Good food is a celebration of life.” — Sophia Loren, actress Uh-oh! What do you do when that special event is now just around the corner and you’re sure of only one thing: You want to serve a dessert that’s anything but ordinary. Celebrating with some...
All men’s miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone. ~ Blaise Pascal Sometimes silence is not only golden but vital. I got a reminder of this the other night as I sat on the sofa watching a favorite television show. My hands were busy...
On five-color strips of paper I have written. (ごしきの たんざくわたしが かいた/Goshiki no tanzaku watashi ga kaita) ~ lyrics from “The Tanabata Song” Miserable and drenched in sweat. That’s how you’ll likely to feel your first summer in central Japan where hot and humid is the...
Life is short but it is wide. ~ Spanish proverb
...God, who got you started in this spiritual adventure,
shares with us the life of his Son and our Master Jesus.
He will never give up on you. Never forget that.
~ 1 Corinthians 1:7-9 MSG
14 SORT OF RANDOM FACTS ABOUT ME
Made in Brooklyn.
Fave Cuisines: Japanese, Southern Italian, and Southern USA.
Certified arts and design nerd who studied decorative arts history at the New York School of Interior Design and art appraisal at NYU.
Earned an M.A. in Latin American Studies and Caribbean Studies with a history concentration at NYU.
And no, I'm not in love with NYU. But I do luv history and languages. Living in NM makes me glad one of them is Spanish.
Fave collectibles: Friends, memories, vintage serveware and fashion accessories.
Fave getaway: Walking city with choice eats, grand old buildings, and lots of art.
Sang with the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir for 14 years.
Served in Bermuda, Europe, Hawaii, and California as a naval officer.
Earned a certificate to teach English as a Second Language from Cambridge University and taught high schoolers in Japan.
Favorite international snack: Dates (Deglet Noor or Medjool) dipped in tahini. With morning coffee, oh.my.goodness.
Fave local snack: Red Chile Southwest Kettle Korn sold at the Las Cruces Farmers & Crafts Market.