Irish apple cake: make it year ‘round and enjoy

Irish Apple Cake

I’ve been waxing poetic, or perhaps obnoxious, about apples all Fall, after I heard Rowan Jacobsen talk about heirloom varieties that are long gone, or endangered. His latest book is Apples of Uncommon Character: 123 Heirlooms, Modern Classics & Little-Known Wonders, which outlines in great detail the origins of apple growing in this country, and […]

#Shoplocal: Christmas trees in Oakland

Christmas Tree 2014

Thanksgiving went by and I didn’t blog because I wanted to be truly present for my family. We had a fantastic day, even though my two daughters couldn’t be with us. Meg is in Aspen, Colorado working at Little Nell, a 5 Diamond/5 Star resort where the rooms go for upwards of $3,000 to $6,000 […]

Brewing up mysteries at Crime Bake 2014

Thankfully no real bodies

After a twenty year wait, two decades of raising kids and working a day job, I finally attended the annual writers’ conference sponsored by Sisters in Crime, a group formed in the 1980’s to raise awareness that women mystery writers made less money than their male counterparts. Men are allowed in, of course. What fun […]

Give me Liberty, or give me Liberty Craft Brewing

Getting ready for the Grand Opening

Okay, I’m not good with puns. But I couldn’t resist in this instance. Maine’s newest little brewery will celebrate its grand opening on October 18, 2014. Guy Hews just doesn’t have enough to do. Not only does he work full-time inspecting bridges as an engineer for the state of Maine, he recently turned a long-time […]

Get cooking: without a stove?

This will be the first dish I make when I get the new one! Osso Buco & Happy Birthday to me

It’s October 1st and I’ve been without a stove for exactly two weeks. How have I been getting along? Gahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh….. Does that convey my frustration well enough? Frankly, though, because I’ve been working with “go with the flow” for so long, not always successfully, mind you, I’m going to be okay. Even though we will […]