Why Yelp Sucks: A Punchy Perspective

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Sonoma and Napa Valleys LOVE and thrive on the Tourists flooding our wine regions each year. Bringing their laughter, joy, and that “aah” feeling experienced on vacation.  However, there can be a small percentage every year who do NOT love us back. Who have packed their insecurities into their carry-ons, only to vomit them all over good, hardworking men and … Continue reading

Cherry Liqueur: Make Now. Love Later.

Ready to store.

My husband’s family hails from Bassano del Grappa and neighboring town of Borso in northern Italy. Just outside of Venice in the lower Alps. The Family is still there. It’s just my Dean, his brother Tom and our families in America now. The rest of the extended clan are still cooking beautiful dishes in their ancestral homes, working as Butchers, and making … Continue reading

It Doesn’t All Have to be Thomas Keller.

S'Mores.  An old classic from my childhood tweaked only by swapping in Scharffen Berger 70% dark chocolate for Hersheys.

“It doesn’t all have to be Thomas Keller, Abi” Wilson said.  I was arranging broccolini “just so” before snapping a quick shot.  Maybe another.  And THEN serving the hungry legion of family gathered ’round the table.  Seeing me for exactly what I was… BEING LAME. Well, in all fairness…what I still AM.  Which is an oft LAME, Food Nerd. Here my … Continue reading

#beautymatters

Beautiful vintage Lettuce Bowl from 1976 found at the William Sonoma Sonoma Store -- the very first one is here in town!

Beauty Matters. It’s a favorite thought these days with Spring riotously awake.  I’ve been happily saying these words on posts and to friends lately because that’s what happens: Seeing something lovely makes you feel Happy. It just does. You can’t argue with Beauty. You’d never win. Beauty is visceral. Intrinsic. Adding wonderful Value to our Lives. I get this from … Continue reading

The Perfect Waffle and The Importance of Butter

Knowing when to Splurge: the Importance of Butter.  Secret 1

For weeks, I wondered what to say at Mima’s funeral. I truly thought about just reciting her Buttermilk Waffles recipe. But flying down on Friday, the stewardess gave me a free glass of white wine. Anni played a new Dinosaur game. And inspiration struck: “The morning after Mima died, I was surprised how much harder her death hit me. I … Continue reading

Modernly Thankful

View from my kitchen window -- Merlot vines and our old hammock.  Photo by Tamera

My hunky husband is a bit of a naysayer on this whole social media “thing” of mine. Lately, enough to make me stop and think about why it is I enjoy sharing this lovely, beaded-brow world of food and wine with friends, acquaintances, and now a surprising number of global strangers.  I am first, honored. THANK YOU. And second, sincerely … Continue reading

Broccoli Rabe Lasagna: Dish 5 of What to Make Now from the Farmers Market

Ready for the pats of butter and salt drizzle.

I promise this delicious dish redeems that hideous plate of mulch I posted last week! Broccoli Rabe (Raab) or Broccolini is everywhere right now. These baby broccoli are flavorful, verdant and, I bet, in copious amounts at your local Farmer’s Market. This recipe is a more of an Italian twist on a recent New York Times Food piece. We lighten … Continue reading

Dish 4: What NOT to Make from the Farmers Market

Pea Shoots

Oh dear Christ, this was a hideous experiment. I’ve been spot on and feeling rather proud these past few weeks of relatively impromptu cooking and writing here. But this? Oh God. It was like eating Lawn.  Pretty. But totally wretched. To be fair, I added far too many Pea Shoots. But they smelled so delicious! And really, why plane wild … Continue reading

When great Food, Wine, and Service matter most…

Three generations: me,  Mima, and my Mom.

Lights are dimming on the life of my Grandmother. My exquisitely vibrant, warm, nipped waist, full bosom, big lipstick, bigger smile grandmother. Mom and I sat with her a good nine hours today. All of my Palmer family has been flying in and visiting her. The end is near. Mom and I slipped out for lunch (and fresh air). She remembered … Continue reading

Bio.

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I have to write a Bio on myself.  My Solo Art Show is rapidly approaching in June.  Not only do I need to finish another 3, maybe 4, proper paintings but now I need to write a Bio.  Lord help me.  For the life of me I can’t think of what to say. It’s easy to present yourself as this … Continue reading