We’ve had a pretty mild winter. For the first time ever, we got no snow in February. We even had a few days in the mid 70’s. So as March rolls in I’m glad to see sunny mornings. I drank my coffee on my back patio this morning. February is not my favorite time of [...]
15 Year Old Sourdough Starter
January is one of my least favorite months, second only to July. It’s cold and dreary, the holidays are over, and there is this obligation to look over the past year and make some changes. I’m all about improving myself. In the last few years, I’ve made a lot of changes. But one thing that [...]
Cheesecake is Always a Good Idea
December is probably the busiest month of the year. Shopping. Parties. Gifts. Family. Food. Things I made for the holidays: This banana pudding cheesecake (with some modifications). This was such a hit at Thanksgiving that I made it again at Christmas. Japanese Milk Bread Rolls. These are always a hit. Pomegranate Cranberry Mouse Pie from [...]
The Holidays are Here!
My November started with a quick trip to Louisville to do a bourbon run. We visited 15+ distilleries in three days and I had more old-fashioned than a person needs. It ended with the usual holiday rush, and shopping, gifts, and holiday treats. I like to give people gifts that are useful, but also exciting. [...]
Fine Dining and Chilly Nights
I like eating in restaurants, but am not generally a fan of fine dining or place that are stuffy and pretentious. Mostly because I don’t think they are worth the money. For a variety of reasons, I ended up eating in four such restaurants in the last month. More than I’ve eaten at in the [...]
Goodbye Summer…Hello Fall!
After a long summer of travel (more on that in a minute), we are now entering my favorite time of year. It’s when you can wear sweatshirts again. When you don’t have to worry about sweating to death just to go to the grocery store. When the leaves change and days are breezy and nights [...]
To France…And Beyond!
This past month has been busy, busy, busy. It’s mostly been spent planning for an upcoming trip to France and Germany. I went to Paris a few years ago for a quick stopover, but this time, were spending a good amount of time there, as well as going to Lyon, and ending with Oktoberfest (on [...]
Here’s to AC and Staying Indoors
After a busy few months of travel, my July was a bit more relaxed. But this is because unless I have to, I don’t go anywhere in July or August. I learned this lesson years ago after a once-in-a-lifetime trip to China and Japan that was miserable because of the heat. So no more summer [...]
Iced Coffee Mornings
The last few months have been busy for me. I’ve traveled a lot — mostly good, some not so much. I’ve also been reflecting a lot. On my health. On the state of the country and world. And on what I want to do with myself and my life. I normally start my day with coffee. [...]