December 31, 2010 § 10 Comments
Heat from a woodstove is nothing like the ubiquitous warmth that purred out of the registers in the house where I grew up. A woodstove is a point source, its heat diminishing with distance from the stove.
December 24, 2010 § 12 Comments
Many of those tips are helpful, but they belong in the tool box of the critic/editor that resides in the brain of every writer. Rational thought and time-tested technique come in handy when tinkering with a wobbly first draft.
At least for me, the first draft must be embarked upon with the faith of Icarus trusting a pair of wings made of feathers and wax.
December 17, 2010 § 13 Comments
This simple, bullet-proof recipe came from Mildred Oakes, one of my grandmother’s best friends in Congers, New York.
I have a faint memory of Mrs. Oakes. I am peering through a screen door into a kitchen at a heavy woman with thick ankles and permed brown hair. I can tell the woman seated in a wooden chair has never been young and has always found getting out of a chair to answer the door an effort.
I also know she has been put on earth for a purpose. And that purpose was to create The Recipe.