8 06, 2015

What Is It About Virginia?

By | 2016-12-29T23:56:25+00:00 June 8th, 2015|cookies, main dishes, side dishes, snacks|2 Comments

It ain’t easy being a woman. It wasn’t back in the year 1979 when feminist Sonia Johnson publicly disagreed with the LDS church’s stance on ERA and, for her efforts, got excommunicated. It wasn’t in June of 2014 when Kate Kelly got excommunicated for founding Ordain Women. Both cases occurred in the leafy Virginia suburbs of Washington D.C. (What is it about Virginia anyway?) [...]

2 02, 2015

The Medieval Bowl

By | 2016-12-29T23:56:27+00:00 February 2nd, 2015|appetizers, desserts, good fiction, salads, sandwiches, snacks|0 Comments

And how did your big game go? Did anybody get raped, pillaged, trampled under a horse, burned with torches, locked away in a cold isolation cell, anything like that? Oh, wait. Wrong game. You’ve been hearing all about the Super Bowl while I’ve been munching on tail-gater food, absorbed in the Medieval Bowl.  Who's playing?  Well, it's the Monks vs. the Earls. Mini Muffulettas [...]

22 12, 2013

Merry Christmas, Be Glad I Didn’t Try Something Tricky

By | 2014-11-17T17:46:24+00:00 December 22nd, 2013|snacks|3 Comments

I just escaped the kitchen.  I had such fun, playing with the butter and sugar, the red food coloring and the rolling pin.  This is a lot easier than I thought, I told myself as I rolled out near-perfect rectangles.   Then I put the red rectangle on top of the white one, rolled it up jelly-roll style and . . . and that's where it [...]

8 09, 2013

The Journey of a Thousand Miles Begins With . . .

By | 2014-11-17T17:46:24+00:00 September 8th, 2013|desserts, snacks|0 Comments

I need your pity and your patience.Actually, no, I don't need the pity.  But the patience, yes.  I have embarked on the Russian novelists, namely Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina.  It's going to be weeks before I can say, "I've finished this great book and I actually know what I'm talking about when I bandy the name Tolstoy about."  But, just as the journey of a [...]

28 01, 2013

Long Time ‘Til You Kiss a Girl

By | 2014-11-17T17:46:26+00:00 January 28th, 2013|candies, good nonfiction, snacks|0 Comments

At Benjamin Nugent's 13th birthday party, he invited all the friends with whom he had bonded over sci-fi, Dungeons & Dragons, and computers. They sang the 2001: A Space Odyssey theme as the cake appeared, and told each other nerdy jokes.What must his parents have thought? Perhaps they were simply glad that he had friends. But still . . ."Do you tell him to ditch [...]