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Wind Chill Chinese Chicken Pot

The title is pretty self explanatory. It is January 7th, 2014 and almost 200 million people in the US are suffering the extreme cold of the Polar Vortex. Chapel Hill is COLD with a wind chill of around -10 degrees this morning.   This is how the Polar Vortex played out at our house. Of course, food was a main character. On Friday, Buck and I took our first, long anticipated trip to…

Google+ Hangout on Air with FOUR Carolina Authors

Join four UNC award winning authors - Kay Goldstein, Susan Bullington Katz, Rosemary Zibart, and Lisa Kline - for a live conversation about writing, inspiration and books for young adults and Middle grade readers.To join the conversation and submit questions, we invite you to use the hashtag #UNCauthors, or submit questions day of using the Goo…

Julia "Who"

It was 4:30 in the afternoon when the phone rang. It was Doris Koplin, Chairperson of the local planning committee and  longtime friend. She got right to the point. “Do you have room for two more for dinner?” I hedged. Hmm...I’d have to re-set some tables, re-portion some food. She continued without missing a beat, “Julia loved your menu and wants to come to yo…

Cooking Consults

If you happen to review my checkered career path you know I never know what project I will be doing next..or what medium I will be using.  This next one is just for fun. Google is launching a new "Helpouts" service tomorrow and yours truly is one of the first people offering one-to-one expert help over live video. I am offering Cooking Consults. Here is the link.  Feel free…

Clam Digging

I never cook clams in Martha's Vineyard that I don't think about the first time our family went clam digging... We waited all day for the rain to stop and it was late afternoon when the sun broke through. We gathered rakes and buckets and water shoes. The water continued its drip off the roof and sprawling oaks as we piled into Audrey, our ancient station wagon, a rusty retiree from the c…

A Tribute to Laura Rozo

 When we travel through life we never know when we will encounter another human whose presence and whose circumstances are so compelling that we must reach out. This is what happened when I first heard about Laura Rozo and invited her to come chat one afternoon last December.   What first struck me was that she, who was ill and dying, had more life energy in her than most peopl…

Inspiration: Breathing In Our World

My latest blog post, "Inspiration: Breathing In Our World", is featured on  Jennings Wire: The World of Success. This post dives into topics including: inspiration, imagination, and fully taking in our surroundings. Enjoy!

Nesting

I am moving...again. My family and friends are not too surprised. I seem to do this sort of thing at least every decade and sometimes even more often. For nine years I have enjoyed my mid-century modern home in a wooded sanctuary not far from the University of North Carolina campus in Chapel Hill. Now we are moving to a condominium that was carved out of a 1937 building that once housed 30…

Inspiration

Many people have asked me what was my inspiration for Star Child. The answer to that may be simple, but what I have been learning about inspiration is in some ways more intriguing. First I looked up the word. Inspiration comes from the Latin root inspirare, meaning to breathe in. You might notice also that spirit comes from this same root word. I like to think of creative inspiration as …