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Steve Jobs: A Reflection

As I reflected on Steve Jobs passing last evening, I was saddened that a man of such vibrancy and accomplishment had passed from our presence at such young age. I wondered about Steve Jobs the husband, father, friend. It is a different kind of mourning for those close to him and than for those of us who never met the man. But mourn we will.Like the thousands, perhaps millions, around the w…

Answering the Island's Call

My friend, Jan Pogue, who is the Editor and Publisher of Vineyard Stories in Martha's Vineyard invited me to write a guest blog for her website this week. She has published some wonderful books about  Martha's Vineyard and the people who live here. Miles away from the island while I wrote, it was a sweet remembrance of what this beautiful piece of geography has meant to me over the …

Goodness Grows

I sat alone at my dining table after a taxing two and a half day drive to the Vineyard. It was an exquisite May evening, the last rays illuminating the newly occupied osprey nest and the tops of pine trees and oaks. The front door was thrown open to welcome the crisp air as it swept away the cobwebs of a long winter away. I regarded the salad, my first harvested from my very own garden. I …

Our Own Private Bin Laden

"Ding dong! The witch is dead."  Americans and our allies flock to the streets to dance and sing, weep and drink in celebration of the death of Osama bin Laden. For nearly ten years we have spent untold resources to pursue and achieve his end. Thousands have died, both innocent civilians and our own young fighting men and women, many of whom were inspired by the events of 9/11 to joi…

Greeks Bearing Gifts

As the Easter season approaches, I am reminded of another one, long ago and far away. The story is one of the first I wrote when I began writing about my life in food and the people with whom I have shared so many meals.               Adam’s introduction was a godsend for two weary travelers with no itinerary, not much…

Wally-World

He looks like a little fluff muffin, but his fuzzy-around-the-edges demeanor belies an independent spirit and a soulfulness you can see in his dark liquid eyes. Wally, a half Maltese and half poodle with an almost all white coat came to be a part of our family just a year ago. A younger friend who is still in the whirlwind of  little league, carpools and school meetings as she raises …

Ode to Chocolate

I was reading a food reference book just the other day to see if I could find any proof that chocolate is an aphrodisiac. Next to me sat a bag of chocolate chips from which I was popping an occasional single chip for inspiration. I came across this line about chocolate that said, "The Aztec ruler, Montezuma, so believed that chocolate was an aphrodisiac, that he purportedly drank 50 golden…

"Can You Top This?"

“Whether you think you can or think you can’t… you are right”   I knew I could win that contest. The culinary magazine sported a small advertisement for professional chefs. “Can you top this?” read the headline. It was a call for entries for toppings for a new commercial product for the commercial food service market- the Boboli Pizza crust. …