How We Use Our Smoker


In June this year, I wheeled a big box with what looked like a rocket launcher to the checkout. The guy in line behind me said: "YOU are ready for the 4th of July!". I laughed and said: "I'm making sure my husband is." We were getting him a smoker for Father's Day. After much deliberations and … [Read more...]

It’s The Season For Citrus


The satsumas on the little bush in my garden finally turned orange. It took so long, I was beginning to think the bush was ornamental only.  Two weeks to Christmas, and citrus is in season here in Houston. Kumquats, oranges, lemons, satsumas, grapefruit, and in different varieties … [Read more...]

Texas Fall In My Kitchen


It has been a full year since I moved into my kitchen in Houston. Fall is here again, even if the weather can't seem to decide if it wants to be warm, cold, clear blue skies, or raining heavily. Texas Fall means keep both tank tops and woollies at the ready. When it's good, it is great, and perfect … [Read more...]

Throw-Back-Thursday With My Toddler On The Hiking Trail


My neck cranes to look past my fellow passenger out the window. The captain just announced that the Mont Blanc is visible to the left of the plane. And it is, towering so tall it feels we can tip and touch its peak. Soon after, below I can see the valley of Aosta as we turn toward Turin. Val … [Read more...]