Posts in the Category: Table Talk

The first post about our adventures in Malaysia ended while Jay and I were in George Town. On the morning of our sixth day in the country, a ferry carried us from Pualau Penang (Penang Island), across the Strait of Malacca, back to the mainland to begin the longest drive of our seven-day Peninsular Malaysia   

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Candle bridge as autumn centerpiece When we prepare for dinner guests or for holiday meals, Jay shares the cooking but not table arrangements. Sometimes I don’t think much about how to set the table until it’s time to do it. Then I need a need a centerpiece that won’t take a lot of time to   

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A long weekend in the Blue Ridge Mountains was just what we needed this fall. A few days with my brother and his wife, who live on Bent Mountain southwest of Roanoke, Virginia, refreshed and recharged us. Ed and Francoise are wonderful hosts who share with us an appreciation for nature and the arts. We   

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mid-season apples in fused glass bowl We live in an area with so many old apple trees that we think it must have been an orchard at one time. No apple trees are in our yard but a neighbor half a mile down the road lets us take all we want. Most years the fruit   

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“This ends up looking in color like a Braque still life” says my 1964 edition of Joy of Cooking about Ratatouille Provencale, an eggplant casserole. In “Ratatouille,” the Pixar/Disney movie, the character Linguini says, “Ratatouille doesn’t sound delicious. It sounds like ‘rat’ and ‘patootie.’ Rat-patootie.” Ratatouille is is both beautiful and delicious, one of my   

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