Chicken Mushroom Chowder; Baby got new Shoes!

Aren’t they great? When we lived in the Vendée we had big, harmless grass snakes. Here we have little poisonous vipers. When we lived in the Vendée we had lawns, grass and, generally, mowed, well-tended weeds. Here, we don’t. The property hasn’t been lived in for awhile and things have generally run amuck. When we lived … Continue reading…

Deviled Pork Chops; Au Revoir…

Deviled Pork Chops Almost everything is packed.  Except all the stuff that doesn’t really fit anywhere….  The movers come at the crack of dawn on Thursday; we turn over the keys Thursday evening and we are homeless. We’re spending the weekend in the mountains in Spain with the girl dogs (maybe a bit of shopping … Continue reading…

Mini Meat Loaves, The Weekly Menu Plan, and FOWP

Mini Meat Loaves FOWP Fear of White Paper It's an artist term, referring to the moment when one is looking at a brand new, squeaky clean, canvas or vellum, crayon or brush in hand, terrified to make that first, irretrievable mark. This morning I am suffering from FOWS: Fear of White Screen. Usually, I sign … Continue reading…

Zucchini Pastry; Weekly Menu Plan; What have we DONE!!!

Zucchini Pastry Oh! My! God! Ohmygod!  Ohmygodohmygodohmygodphmygodphmygod….Oh my GOD!!!!! What have we gotten ourselves into!!!!! We went to visit our new old house yesterday.  We needed to sort out some documents, find a place to leave for a few weeks, and wanted to check some measurements. OH MY GOD! (breathe, breathe, breathe) Calm down and … Continue reading…

Parmesan Puff Pastry Crisps; Where do Spiders come from?

Parmesan Puff Pastry Crisps Our house has evicted us. Our garden has given us the boot. I was feeling very sad about leaving earlier this summer.  I really like this house; I, occasionally, really like the gardens. Not any more.  I'm cured of melancholia! What happened, you ask? Let's start with the garden: it's bare.  … Continue reading…