For nearly everyone, food is the curative elixir we reach for to comfort our souls, whether we are stressed, sick, sad or depressed and to accentuate our joys and celebrations. The idea of food as comfort to one’s problems and woes is as old as time itself. There is even reference to it in the … Continue reading Comfort Me with a Casserole and Red Wine
A few weeks ago I along with my friends and fraternity brothers, Susan and Wendy, attended parent’s weekend at my son’s university. The bulk of our activities centered around the school’s football home game and the marching band, which my son, Keller, is a member of. The morning of the game, we attended a tailgate … Continue reading “It’s One O’clock Somewhere”
I don’t ever recall attending a cocktail competition but it doesn’t mean I haven’t. With the amount of booze and cocktails flowing at Sunday’s DC Craft Bartender Guild’s Fourth Annual Tiki Cocktail Competition, I could see my younger self overindulging on all the creative libations offered at the event. But being that much older and … Continue reading “Let’s Get Tiki”
Five years ago my organization underwent a merger that led our new leadership to establish a fresh organizational culture. A consultant was brought in to establish the culture to bridge the two legacy organizations—one based in the Midwest, the other in the East Coast. Now I’ve never been one to accept any one doctrine or … Continue reading Camp Cooking Culture
I am huge fan of Gretchen Rubin. Rubin started her career as an attorney. She was the editor-in-chief of the Yale Law Review and clerked at the U.S. Supreme Court for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. Rubin left her illustrious career to purse writing, specializing in the topic of happiness and good habits. During a recent … Continue reading A New Look for September, the New January
Sept. 15 marks the start of National Hispanic Heritage Month, a celebration of Hispanic culture that goes till Oct. 15. I always thought it was pure genius that the observation cut across two months since Hispanic Heritage Month is officially 30 days long. Having the celebration straddle both September and October means that events get … Continue reading Guava Swirl Cheesecake: What in the Swirl?
The hardest part about testing a recipe when you’re living alone is the loss of a built-in audience. Luckily, I have a number of friends, family and even co-workers who I can solicit their honest feedback on my latest creation. Of my most trusted friends is Wendy. Our friendship spans nearly 30 years when we … Continue reading Sometimes You Have to Break a Few Eggs