A Recipe for a Sweet Summer Night: Cornbread Panzanella Salad


I love to cook and bake and mess around in the kitchen, but sometimes my weeknight dinners for one are lacking. And I don’t just mean lacking a dining companion. I mean lacking in ease, taste, and inspiration.  Many recipes, particularly for main dishes, result in amounts that could easily serve eight to ten. For a family of four, that might mean an extra set of leftovers for lunch or dinner. However, a party of one can be swimming in the remains of a recipe for days. Even my favorite standbys can leave me with an overwhelming taste of “No thank … Continue reading A Recipe for a Sweet Summer Night: Cornbread Panzanella Salad

A dozen ways to savor and then slip out of summer mode


Summer is as much a season as a state of mind. Some of us tend to slow down because of the heat. Some of us slow down because that’s what we do. We might be following kids’ schedules or following the pace of our business plan. Sometimes we’re not vacationing or even slowing down, but there’s still a “summer mood” in the air. Suggestions for summer reading lists capture our attention and local festivals give new life to the “same-old, same-old” existence of every day. Summer is a mindset, even a lifestyle. My own daily life switches very quickly from summertime … Continue reading A dozen ways to savor and then slip out of summer mode

A very late celebration of left handers’ day!


So, this girl missed the announcement that International Left Handers’ Day was a few days ago. I have the writer’s bump on my left middle finger to prove I’m left-handed, but I forgot to celebrate. As there seems to be a day or week for just about everything–running day, canoe day, pancake day, Elvis week–I think I just lost it in my left-handed calendar shuffle. Oh, well. I am all about extending the party, so let’s celebrate left with some of the phrases and meanings that go beyond handedness. And there will be absolutely no political references in this post, baby. … Continue reading A very late celebration of left handers’ day!