Saturday was the birthday of the man who gave me his previous Yamaha electric keyboard piano when he got a new, updated model with gazillions of bells and whistles. We were introduced during the heat wave this summer in the only air-conditioned room here. It wasn’t long afterwards when he walked into it again one … More Happy Birthday to Jazz Pianist
I wrote it a number of years ago, and like to put it up every year. It’s sung by Scottish tenor Andrew McDiarmid, played by me and with an occasional harmony audible. Merry Christmas!
I was gifted with a piano tuning and some hand-picked, organic, Mount Vernon-grown Jonagold apples. There’s nothing quite as pleasant on a rainy fall day as a warm house with the aroma of something delicious baking in the oven. Those three points are related. Today, while raking up another huge pile of those autumn leaves … More Celebrate Fall? Baked Jonagolds with Caramel Rum Ice Cream
So many photos of baked items are shades and bumps of brown because … well, baking. Muffins are a good example. No matter what you put in them to give them flavor or texture, they come out of the oven brown on top, so I shoot fixings. Sure, the close-up isn’t exactly brown but I … More Ginger, Date & Clementine Muffins with Orange Glaze & Tulips
Leftovers and small bits of possibilities along with an occasion led to a cake I’ve not made in a few years. There was leftover fudge candy icing in fridge from the last cake. On Monday night, facing a lipid panel on Tuesday, I made a bowl of old-fashioned oatmeal thinking “soluble fiber, anti-cholesterol.” After I’d … More Cocoa-Oatmeal-Apple-Pecan Cake
That gorgeous garden of bamboo and palm brushes right up to the wide kitchen window in my new home. It’s the biggest kitchen with the most counter, cabinet and floor space I’ve ever had to myself, and lots of decisions. If you’ve ever had three-quarters of your kitchen needs in boxes in another room … More A New Kitchen, Neighbors, Home Ec 101