The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie My rating: 3 of 5 stars This is a collection of related short stories of life on the Spokane Indian reservation in Washington state. There is a lot of drinking, dancing, and driving. The characters in the stories long for the heroic pre-reservation life.… Continue reading Book Report: The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven
I record America’s Test Kitchen on our local public broadcasting station OPB each Saturday and often find something that looks tasty. I also subscribe to the America’s Test Kitchen magazines Cook’s Country and Cook’s Illustrated. I made note of this recipe last year sometime and then caught a rerun recently; so I figured I’d better… Continue reading Pasta Alla Norcina
Amy and Isabelle by Elizabeth Strout My rating: 5 of 5 stars Like The Burgess Boys, Amy and Isabelle is a powerful story about how a moment can spin lives into new paths. Reflecting back Isabelle ponders “She had never really imagined-that was the thing. But imagine it now, standing in your kitchen, wondering what… Continue reading Book Report: Amy and Isabelle
I took my camera with me this morning on my walk and caught a few images of the changing season. This is the “nursery” tree at Hiteon Park about a mile from our house. Years ago a tree fell over and the old branches grew into trees on their own. The original trunk is decaying… Continue reading Fall Colors
Our friend Dianne makes the best pies ever: delicate, flaky crusts and yummy fillings. Back in the day she taught baking to 4H girls and we’ve talked about her giving me a lesson sometime. Last weekend it all came together. She e-mailed copies of recipes to me so I could prep. The keys to flaky… Continue reading Apple Pie!