How can I say this? It is going to be hard.  It is going to come out so I guess I need to be the one to say it….I think I’m a fraud. Maybe I’m being too hard on myself.  It isn’t like I stole anything or deliberately tried or tried to deceive people. It wasn’t that cheated someone or swindled someone out of their life savings. I don’t pad my bra (that is obvious), lie about my age or hide my feelings.  I am one who believes that withholding the truth is the same as lying. But sometimes ignorance about something may look like you areRead More →

In-spire (verb used with a subject) to produce or arouse (a feeling or emotion, etc.) to influence   I am frequently asked what inspires me when I cook.  The two definitions above help me answer this question. First, I find preparing food to be a very arousing, emotional experience.  Aroused, you ask?  Yep, that is the word for it.  (No, I’m not going to talk about anything freaky here.  Get your mind out of the gutter.) I use the word aroused to point to all of my senses.  I love to see the gorgeous colors of fresh picked produce.  The smell emitted by a handfulRead More →

There is something that comes along with a marriage.  You may like it, you may not.  You may want to be part of it all the time or maybe just on special occasions.  There may be days you will feign a headache just to get away from it.  Any married person would know that I am talking about time with your in-laws! When I married my husband, I didn’t know that he came with his own cast of characters.  I sort of knew his immediate family and the nuts that fell from that family tree but I had no clue what was on the otherRead More →

When I see it, I become distracted.  They come in various sizes and colors.  I’ve seen them long and thin and short and fat.  I’ll even admit that I just love to put my mouth on one.  So do you like fresh corn off the cob as much as I do? One of the best places to live in July is near a cornfield.  You can find the freshest corn in your neighbor’s backyard (get permission first), a farmer selling it off his truck or at an “honor” stand.  City people need to know that an “honor stand” is a card table in front ofRead More →