Bacon and Leek Quiche (and a France Summer Trip Recap)

  It has been two months since our return from a late summer trip to France.  It followed two months of difficult recovery for my husband who was in a cycling accident in June.  In fact, up to one week before our scheduled departure I feared we would have to cancel.  But after nearly two […]

Europe 2012, Part 3: Germany, A Road Trip (and Hugo Cocktail)

  After a short flight from Nice to Frankfurt, we took the train to Stuttgart.  We had a little business to take care of in Sindelfingen the next day so the  vendor we were dealing with booked accommodations for us at nearby Stuttgart.  Outside of the train station we approached the queue of taxis and […]

Europe 2012, Part 2: Italian Riviera (and Spaghetti with Tomatoes and Anchovies)

  (This is the long-overdue continuation of my Europe 2012 series.  For Part 1 featuring the French Riviera, please click here.) From the Beaulieau-Sur-Mer train station we set off early for Santa Margherita, a resort/fishing town on the Italian Riviera.  It would be our home base for a few days though this detour between a […]

A Trip to Los Cabos, Mexico (and Mango, Jicama & Corn Salad)

  My first real trip (and last) to Mexico was in 2006.  After celebrating the wedding of good friends in Ireland, my husband and I flew home and stayed just long enough, about 36 hours, to unpack, do the laundry, pack again and take off for warmer weather.  We reconnected with our just-married friends south […]

Fried Egg Tartine with Greens and Pesto Mayo

  Oh, leisurely weekend mornings!  How precious–and rare–they are!  I had barely cleared away the cobwebs in my head yesterday morning when my husband suggested that we take a day trip to Pismo Beach.  We have always wondered what the coastal town near San Luis Obispo is like and the fair weather gave us the […]

Homemade Almond Butter (and a Visit to Palm Springs, CA)

  My husband and I packed our bags for another short trip; this time our destination was Palm Springs.  Is it just me or has the city seen a revival since my last visit seven years ago?  Even on a Wednesday, Palm Canyon Drive was bustling with activity.  It was nice to see the palm […]

Lemon Cookies (and Snapshots from Maui)

    As promised, here are some pictures of Maui taken from my phone.  My vacation is drawing to a close and I’m trying to eke out as much enjoyment out of each day as I can.  Parting with the fine sand and warm ocean water will be hard and I’ve tried to make the […]

Europe 2012, Part 1: French Riviera (and an Apple-Chocolate Tart)

  St. Jean Cap Ferrat was located on the other side of the peninsula, just another French Riviera town listed on the map when my husband and I decided to make Villefranche Sur Mer our base during a visit of the area two years ago.  We were happy to chance upon Villefranche while doing research […]