Category Archives: Food

A Purple, Gold And Blush Wedding


I’ve been helping my brother and sister-in-law design their wedding. They thank me occasionally, but all I can think, is, they are letting me do this? It’s wildly fun. She took me to see the space. It boasts triple height ceilings in an Arts and Crafts decor, with standard brown and gold carpet. They wanted […]

The 11 Sneaky Tricks Of A High WASP Diet


How, you might wonder, do High WASP women keep their weight where they want it? For it’s true that we tend more often to the slender. Of course, that renders us prone to shriveling in our later years, but there you go. Let me say that I understand and have lived the difficult and unfair […]

15 High WASP Practices For Growing And Using Tomatoes


1. Buy an organic seedling at your locally-owned nursery. You approve of capitalism, but prefer not to ravage the planet with the chemicals of agribusiness. 2. Plant said plant in your front yard. What? That’s where the sun is, that’s where the tomato plant is going, the neighbors will understand. And no, we don’t think […]

What Everybody Ought To Know About Swedish Home Style


To some, Swedish home style means something like these below. Seats? I’m not sure. The Grandes Dames among us might dream more grandly. Maybe of Swedish gilt. In fact, as lived, Swedish home design is above all endearing. Made for smiling. Some things are fuzzy, some anthropomorphic. White for dark winters, and color for long […]

Would You Like To Win A Copper-Clad Omelette Pan?


It’s time for another giveaway.The fine folks at CSN Stores got in touch with me. CSN has all sort of online shops – they supplied the Rowallan jewelry keep last year. The company also sells mattresses, garden furniture, and things like TV stands. They appear to do almost no marketing, except this bit where they […]

Eating In Paris Is Not Like Eating In Other Places. Some People Talk To You, Some People Don’t.


For those of us who like to feel we’ve snagged the best of the best, eating in Paris can cause Street Fair Anxiety. You know the street fair fear of Not Finding The Best, or, Settling For The Not So Good? Wandering from booth to booth not knowing where to stop? Oh. Maybe it’s just […]

The Best Minimal-Prep, Little-Clean Dish For 3 Days Of Eating Alone


Raw chicken is scary. But I like the cooked kind. Much as I love a perfect cashmere sweater, we can’t live on style alone. Turns out we have to eat. And there comes a time for almost all of us when we will be eating alone for a few days. Maybe you’re single and living […]

The Quickest, Easiest, Most Delicious, Last Minute Brussels Sprouts Recipe In The Known Universe


via Flickr, grand grrl’s photostream Pancetta, lemons, brussels sprouts, oven, 15 minutes. Or, in a slight expanded version, 1 pound brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil2 ounces pancetta, cut into 1/2 inch pieces1 lemon, cut into quarters and then into paper-thin slicesKosher or sea salt and freshy cracked black pepper Preheat […]

Saturday Morning at 8:33am


My sisters are coming for dinner tonight. And sleeping over. In my world, sisters are A Very Good Thing. On the menu? Something that counts as comfort food for Northern Californians. Especially when one of them was a vegetarian for a rather long time. Oh, said vegetarian wasn’t me. I’m very fond of meat. Even […]

4 Kitchen Tricks To Know Before You Turn 50


I love to cook. I used to do a lot of it. In my 40s I learned a few tricks that made the type of cooking I like to do – Cal/Asian, Cal/Italian, lots of chopping – easier. I thought that in the spirit of the High WASP sturdy gal I would pass them on […]