Smokin’ Soulful Soup

The clocks have leapt forward. the sun is shining, the birds are twittering ’round the yard, and that classic spring break flick, “Where the Boys Are,” is playing on cable. We can almost see spring on the horizon. Alas, the forecasts tell us that fickle March is not done with us yet, and because there’s nothing…

Picking up the Pieces

I don’t get last-minute panic about packing or passports or plane tickets before I travel. I worry more about what might go to waste in the refrigerator while I’m gone–and whether I will have anything to eat when I get back.

Cake and Crema

You’ve probably seen those jars in the dairy aisle, next to the sour cream or cream cheese. Something called crema — from Mexico, or Salvador, or Guatemala, or even L.A.  And you’ve likely wondered what it was, or how exactly it was different from the nearby cream and/or sour cream. Well, stop wondering and pick up…

Carolina on my Mind

When our friend Angela entertains guests on her home turf–the beautiful and vibrant Charleston, South Carolina–she channels centuries of Southern hostesses and does hospitality proud. Perchance, on steroids.

Let It Snow

Serendipity can change a nasty wintery day—in OCTOBER, no less!—into an incredibly civilized and warm afternoon, one for the memory books for its sheer comfort and camaraderie. So much so that I could almost forget the bad omen of snow in DC in early fall: I am still mourning summer and have yet to accept…

Mystery du Jour

Inspiration can strike in the most unexpected places. I’ve been locked out of my kitchen the past couple of days, waiting for the first, then second, coat of new stain on the floor to dry/cure. Staying completely out is a more difficult thing than I imagined. Saving grace is that it is possible to get into the fridge by standing…