Keeping my Resolutions: Homemade Wonton Soup

In one of my “Five Easy Resolutions for the New Year” series, I resolved to learn how to make wonton soup, and now I can check it off my list (though I will definitely be making it again, it was that good). I followed this recipe — Simple Wonton Soup from The Woks of Life…

Topher Brophy and his dog Rosenberg

I’m not an Instagram follower, but seeing photos of Topher Brophy and his Aussiedoodle dog Rosenberg could make me a quick convert. Judging by the very earliest photo on their Instagram page, these two bonded very deeply from their first meeting, back when Rosenberg was a puppy and Brophy’s beard was a lot more trim….

Around the Neighborhood

I can see how I could write a bold account of myself as a passionate man who rose from humble beginnings to cut a wide swath in the world, whose crimes along the way might be written off to extravagance and love and art, and could even almost believe some of it myself on certain…

Inspiration

Maybe it’s a sign of aging: I went to Barnes & Noble a couple days ago to have a coffee and look at magazines, and I realized that I’m no longer as interested in the fashion magazines I used to spend hours poring over. I did sit and read one, but then went looking for…

My Husband’s Homemade Sourdough Bread

  Last winter, inspired by an episode of the Netflix documentary series Cooked (featuring journalist Michael Pollan), my husband Mark began experimenting with creating sourdough bread — from scratch.¬†Which is to say that he didn’t purchase or obtain his sourdough-starter culture from another source, he simply began the natural fermentation process here at home, with…

“And Longer Than the Song of a Whipporwill…”

Writing¬†my Valentine’s Day-related post yesterday put me in the mood for a¬†Randy Travis love song. Ahh, Randy Travis: such¬†a talented artist, such¬†an incredible voice. He’s lived a troubled life in recent years, wrestling inner demons¬†and health problems, but I have loved almost everything he’s ever sung, so I’m hoping he pulls through and one day…

Simple Gifts

The nearing of Valentine’s Day has me thinking about gifts that are more strikingly personal than the ones which¬†routinely show up at this holiday. It’s true that most women delight in getting roses and chocolates: who wouldn’t want either of those things, or even just a sublimely romantic card? If your sweetheart is a traditionalist,…

If You Could Meet a Famous Celebrity…

If you could meet a famous celebrity, who would it be? I was thinking about this question for awhile, and though the obvious answer would seem to be a film star, as I watch a lot of films, I realized that in truth I would really rather meet someone I have something in common with…

Flashback Friday

It’s sort of hilarious to think that in junior high, my idea of beauty revolved around these three staples: Bonnie Bell Lip Smackers¬†(the Bubble Gum flavor was¬†absolutely¬†it for me … the light pink color of the gloss, even if it was mostly clear when applied, somehow made me feel sexy), Swedish clogs, and Bib Overalls….

Refreshing, Versatile, Simple: My Recipe for Salad Dressing

Big green salads are a staple part of my dinner routine year round, and whether I’m making one for only my husband and me or for a number of guests, you won’t find me putting out bottled dressings for people to choose from. In¬†the European style, I dress the salad before I serve it, and…