Category: Cooking, Kitchen and Table

Sea Cloud 1: Bon Voyage

Posted January 20th, 2014
Sea Cloud 1: Bon Voyage

We passengers walk across decks and down hallways as though lost in the embrace of drink. The swells of the Caribbean as we traveled from Antigua to St. Barthélemy shift me from side to side, back to front, a spherical motion that I haven’t quite mastered yet. This is what Aunt Helen felt in 1934…

The Last Day of Christmas

Posted December 29th, 2013
The Last Day of Christmas

How quickly we get from first to last. As I lay abed last night, contemplating the imminence of 2014 and anxious about what the New Year might bring, I thought about taking down the tree and packing away the decorations of the season. Then I fell asleep. When I awoke I said to My Dear…

The Christmas Letter – 2013

Posted December 14th, 2013
The Christmas Letter - 2013

“And we walked off to look for America…” Well, perhaps not in the way that Paul Simon’s lyric suggests, but our travels in 2013 took us to corners of the country less familiar to us. My Dear One and I fled Maryland’s January chill to Tampa, Florida, and enjoyed gardens, manatees and the company of…

In the Middle 1: Kansas City Here We Come

Posted October 16th, 2013
In the Middle 1: Kansas City Here We Come

Under the grey sky, in the grey light of early morning, Eero Saarinen’s Gateway Arch looked dully grey as I peered through the window of the plane as it descended toward the St. Louis airport. I am sure the view from the ground—now that there appears to be some kind of concord in Congress that…

Making Danute’s Bread

Posted August 11th, 2013
Making Danute’s Bread

I did it. I baked a bread that was almost like the bread Danute served with breakfast at the Nemunas Tour guesthouse in Kaunas, Lithuania: dense, sweet, nutty with seeds and whole grains, crunchy of crust. I have pined for good Lithuanian bread from the day we got home in May, 2012. Okay, I have…

Serendipity: Chicago 2

Posted May 19th, 2013
Serendipity: Chicago 2

The only available time slot for the trip fell after exams, papers and final grades and before my Young English Friend’s presumed departure on Monday. The Cubbies were in town hosting the Mets and there were games on Friday and Saturday afternoon. The best flights on Southwest (nonstop and cheap fares) offered few options and…

Let It Snow, Let It Snow…

Posted December 29th, 2012
Let It Snow, Let It Snow…

I got so excited I just had to post of Facebook: “It’s snowing!!!! It’s Christmas Eve and it’s snowing!!!!!” Yes, way too many exclamation marks. I remember one year quite some time ago, I think probably 1965 or 1966. We were at the grandparents’ home, 161 Main Street in Hingham, Massachusetts, and it was Christmas…

All I Want for Christmas

Posted December 20th, 2012
All I Want for Christmas

What, no peppermint stick ice cream? Is there something wrong with this place stuck just under the Mason-Dixon Line? My Dear One has been searching high and low and with no luck. There is none at Klein’s/Shop-Rite, none at Mars, none at Weis or Wal-Mart. We even tried Wegmans, hoping that their chi-chi reputation and…

The Christmas Letter – 2012

Posted December 12th, 2012
The Christmas Letter - 2012

In the waning months of my “Year of Present Living” we finally got to Lithuania. Both of us acquired a whole bunch of new cousins in 2012, as well. That’s what happens when you shake those family trees with vigor and a little manic enthusiasm. Our dinner table, however, can always accommodate just one more…

Lietuva 10: Random Thoughts

Posted May 28th, 2012
Lietuva 10: Random Thoughts

The fragrance of Lithuania in May is lilac with a hint of lily-of-the-valley. It is best not to start a two-week vacation with a fall and a sprained ankle. It is worse to start a two-week vacation with a fall and a broken ankle, so count your blessings. Wherever you are, locate the nearest Maxima…