Fueled by Sunshine, Papayas and Mai Tais

For the last two months, I have been lucky enough to live on the island of Kauai, researching and writing a book. All that sunshine, good food and mai tais really got the creativity flowing. I not only finished the Kauai book, but also got 114 pages into a new project. So many people have…

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Jumping at the Great Wall

Great Wall

At one time, there were two families who didn’t know each other and lived in different states. Then they traveled to China together to get their daughter and son, and now the two families are lifelong friends. Before they met their new daughter and son, they got a chance to explore Beijing and the Great Wall together.…

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Chesapeake Bay and Crabs

Chesapeake Bay

When Jim asked where I wanted to go this summer for a short trip, I immediately said, Chesapeake Bay.  Why?  Because I wanted to eat some Chesapeake Bay crabs. I had read Nora Roberts’ Chesapeake Bay Saga years ago and remembered how interested I was in seeing that part of the US and eating some Maryland crabs.…

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There’s Crawfish All Over The Kitchen!


This weekend, my niece Kristen went to New Orleans with her friends and all my sisters-in-laws to celebrate her 21st birthday.  I was supposed to go, but then my laptop died, my glasses fell apart, and we spent too much money in Hawaii.  For some reason, I thought I could save money while in Hawaii…

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Brussels Sprouts on a Pizza?

brussels sprouts pizza

I am not a food blogger.  I leave that to the people who know what they are doing, two of my favorite being Elaine from House of Bedlam and Liz from My Favourite Pastime.  But every once in a while, I come up with a great recipe all on my own so wanted to share it. This past…

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Pyrex Dish Will Explode Under the Broiler

A few days ago, I was making dinner and the recipe called for putting peppers under the broiler to roast them.  Without thinking, I put the peppers in a pyrex dish and placed it under the broiler.  Something niggled at the back of my mind, but because I still had a million things to do,…

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Taiwanese Street Food, the Best Thing I Ever Ate

If I was granted anything I wanted for my last meal, I would choose, with no hesitation, Taiwanese street food, the best thing I ever ate. I was born in Taiwan and lived there until I was 7 so it can be said that Taiwanese street food was an integral part of my formative years.…

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