Music Review- Pete Yorn and Scarlett Johansson “Break Up”


Combining Pete Yorn’s raw style, Scarlett Johansson’s sultry, smoldering voice… they make an amazing musical duo. I am in love with their new CD, and I don’t plan on listening to much else for the next few weeks. Beautiful stuff. I almost have all the words memorized … My favorite song on the album is…

Firecracker Sweet Potato Wedges & Cajun Dip


“… brings to mind a family dinner of pot roast and sweet potatoes during a myrtle-mad August in a Midwestern town.” ~Diane Ackerman This isn’t your every day sweet potato recipe. These little wedges are sweet and spicy and flavorful. Perfect with grilled steak or pork chops, or as an appetizer. The dipping sauce is…

Current Crush-Piccolini Pasta-Mini Bowties


Have you seen the cutest pasta in the world? I noticed this on the shelf next to the only store bought pasta I’ll use, Barilla (I prefer homemade.). Barilla also makes this adorable ‘baby’ pasta, Piccolini. My favorite are the baby bowties, and here is a good for you recipe using them. They’d also be…

Wine Tasting Notes-Zeal Sauvignon Blanc 2008


Zeal Sauvignon Blanc 2008 “A book of verses underneath the bough, A jug of wine, a loaf of bread-and thou.” ~Edward Fitzgerald I love the description on this wine’s bottle… We enjoyed glasses of this out on the deck one sunny evening last week. Very refreshing, perfect for summer. Zeal (n. enthusiastic devotion, passion) the…

Yummy Lunch Salad


Elaine: No, no. How about if you bring me back something? George: Sure, all right, what do you want? Elaine: Um, hum, I don’t know.. . . A big salad? George: What big salad? I’m going to the coffee shop. Elaine: They have big salads. George: I’ve never seen a big salad. Elaine: They have…

Book Reviews-My Favorite Garden Themed Books


“God gives all men all earth to love, but since man’s heart is small, ordains for each one spot shall prove beloved over all.” ~Rudyard Kipling My favorite garden-themed books: Two of the most beautifully illustrated books I’ve ever read are In and Out of the Garden and South of France-A Sketchbook by my friend…