Cooking, Food and Drink, Recipes

Friday Food and Drink Post: Just Desserts

We all know what they are. They are what we want for ourselves and for everyone we know, friend and foe alike, right? When we get ours, we expect them to come trailing clouds of goodness, mercy, and grace, and to bestrew puppies, butterflies, rainbows and joy throughout our lives forever. When our enemies, and… Continue reading Friday Food and Drink Post: Just Desserts

History, Literature

Occasional Quote of the Day: By a Gentlewoman of Those Parts

“If we had no winter the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.” — Anne Bradstreet, Meditations Divine and Moral So, there I was, looking for a quote about Spring, about how glad I am that the cycles go on, and that this… Continue reading Occasional Quote of the Day: By a Gentlewoman of Those Parts

Cooking, Food and Drink, Recipes

Friday Food and Drink Post: Soupçon!

I love almost any kind of soup: Thick soup, thin soup, vegetable soup, meat soup, cold soup, hot soup, clear soup, cream soup, soup with “bits” in it, smooth soup. Soup is great. A bowl of steaming chowder on a frosty day, a dish of chilled fruit soup in midsummer. Croutons. Garlic bread. Oyster crackers.… Continue reading Friday Food and Drink Post: Soupçon!

History, Politics

34 Years Ago Today: Politburo Selects Gorbachev as Soviet Leader

Thirty-four years ago today, the revolving door that had become the entry point to leadership of the Soviet Union stopped when Mikhail Gorbachev was elected General Secretary of the Communist Party. On that day, he became the fourth Soviet leader in under three years (Brezhnev died in November 1982, Andropov in February of 1984, Chernenko… Continue reading 34 Years Ago Today: Politburo Selects Gorbachev as Soviet Leader

Family

The Stepmother Diaries

With very few exceptions over the years, I’ve never minded being defined in terms of my familial relationships. Dad’s daughter. Mr. She’s wife. Peachy’s granny. Sam, Mike and Jenny’s stepmother. I’ve never thought of myself as an appendage or a cipher, nor do I function as anybody’s foil. Although by no means perfect, I’m generally… Continue reading The Stepmother Diaries

Food and Drink

Friday Food and Drink Post: Not So Fast

Five days to go before Ash Wednesday and the start of Lenten fasting for many Christians. Of course, that means that Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) is coming up too. We didn’t call it “Fat Tuesday” when I was growing up. We knew that the religious context of the day, the last day of Shrovetide, deemed it Shrove… Continue reading Friday Food and Drink Post: Not So Fast