Saturday, July 30, 2011

that's better now

same pound cake made in the proper pan

Friday, July 22, 2011

apparently I need a taller loaf pan

This pound cake should have been taller but my loaf pan was too short and lots of it dripped out.  It still tasted good with many scoops of chocolate and vanilla ice cream (and without).

Sunday, July 10, 2011

her hands

My mother's hands planted these roses.  I took three plants from the backyard before I sold her house but I did it all wrong: at the wrong time of year, carelessly, transplanted from the ground into pots where they'd be shocked and confined.  None of the plants had had much care in the last few years but I wanted to save them, at least some of her roses.  One seemed hearty after the move, one seemed in fair condition, and one looked stricken and I didn't think it'd make it.  I pruned it way back, also at the wrong time of year.

But surprise.  It's blooming beautifully here in the middle of summer.  I'm relieved and touched.


Saturday, July 9, 2011


Thanks to Beth G. I acquire new accessories:

by Beth Orduña
some ingredients: oxblood coral, sandalwood, silk, wool, a crystal...

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Wimbledon Withdrawal

There's got to be a cure.  Every year at this time I succumb to tennis withdrawal.  Now that Wimbledon's over, I'm otherwise occupied...

sourdough bread from my homemade starter

chocolate chip skillet cookie

corn salad with beets, arugula, pistachios

rosemary olive-oil cake with chocolate

simple homemade granola