Coq au vin

A classic French meal… and really quite easy! Advertisements


A globemallow, painted from a photo taken at the Chama River Valley, near Abiquiu, New Mexico, in June. We picnicked near a patch of them, noticing that their flowers were closed, and in… Continue reading

Kabocha soup

This is a soup I learned to make in Japan — kabocha pumpkin soup. I just kind of made it up. Sometimes I add hot pepper — red chili flakes, or New Mexican… Continue reading

Glacier Lily, plus some paper notes

    Yellow glacier lilies dotted the hike we took in northern New Mexico, in the Carson National Forest, at the Upper Canjilon Lake. The forest was a surprise. It was June, we… Continue reading

Italian almond cookies

Perfect cookies! I used this recipe from David Lebovitz. The apricot jam part of the recipe is key. Oh, and of course the almond flour. AND making sure you whip the egg whites… Continue reading

My Inbox: Debbie

“Whooping and stomping as sane people ought to do when they encounter a thing so miraculous as water.” Marilynne Robinson, Gilead I don’t usually presume to know others’ reading interests, despite being a… Continue reading

My Inbox: Fumiko

This supernatural-looking bird is from Fumiko in Japan!

Radishes and salt

So simple and beautiful — radishes and salt. Sometimes I chop some up while I’m cooking dinner, or save them as an accompaniment.  


I love ratatouille. One thing I sometimes add to this — bell pepper. My recipe is scrawled on a piece of paper from a FaceBook message from a friend. I change it up… Continue reading

My Inbox: some flowers and birds from Marie, Linda, and Ina!

A few etegami I have receive over the last month or so — I have been derelict in posting! The above is from Marie in France. She translates the words as “Happiness is… Continue reading