My Celebriti-festo

Alton Brown’s recent blogpost titled, My Fan-ifesto, instructing the public on how he is to be treated as a celebrity has really stuck in my craw. (I recommend reading it first, as this post may not make sense without standing in context) In response, I felt I should also write My Celebriti-festo for my own sake as a reminder of what our celebrity-obsessed culture has created.

Dear Celebrity,

You are a product, not a person. This is how you are seen in the eyes of the average viewer, reader, or wannabe. You are only an image on a screen. … more »

Can you feel the changes coming…

This line from the old Cat Stevens song  that has come up on the shuffle is fitting for today. While we are fortunate to experience the change of four seasons in Nebraska, the one that always feels the most significant to me is fall.  This year, it came all at once, in one day, two weeks ago, when the temperature shifted about 20 degrees and has stayed mild since. 

This season change is such a beautful time of year. The contrasts are starker, the colors more vivid.  The leaves, the pumpkins, the jars of red tomatoes are all signals that nature is ready for … more »

A wahn..anna..two..anna..three…

I used to think my parents were crazy, but what teenager doesn’t?  One reason I thought this was because, as a regular practice on Sunday nights Mom and Dad would fix up a batch of chicken livers, hearts and gizzards for dinner.  It was the only time we were allowed to eat in front of the TV, because thats when Lawrence Welk was on.  Though I did not partake, the smell of the bacon wrapped inner parts was pretty good.  I just could not bring myself to eat it. Why in the world did they like that stuff? Gross!
How things change.
On … more »

A wahn..anna..two..anna..three…

I used to think my parents were crazy, but what teenager doesn’t? One reason I thought this was because, as a regular practice on Sunday nights Mom and Dad would fix up a batch of chicken livers, hearts and gizzards for dinner. It was the only time we were allowed to eat in front of the TV, because thats when Lawrence Welk was on.

Though I did not partake, the smell of the bacon wrapped inner parts was pretty good. I just could not bring myself to eat it. Why in the world did they like that stuff? Gross!

How … more »

Why go through all the trouble


I don’t know if its just me, but canning seems to be experiencing a revival of sorts.  Maybe its strategic placement, but the bookstore I frequent has made several publications available on the craft.  I see boxes of jars at the hardware store and at the supermarket. My Farmers Market has its own canning guide and distributes it to the public.

Back in the day, canning food is how a family survived.  They grew their own garden and they put by its bounty for consumption until next year. It was hard work, but essential if they expected to have anything … more »

Making Hay While the Sun Shines

My rural Oklahoma roots remind me of a saying that was oft used in the late days of summer; “make hay while the sun shines.” The wisdom behind this implies that you take advantage of opportunities when you have them, because when the time passes, you won’t have that chance again.
It is this code that serves as the reason for serving brunch in September.  The gentler temperatures and vivid colors will morph into a season of cold and grey before we know it.  Then we’ll be shoveling snow and tweeting complaints about how long our winters are in Nebraska.
Attached are some photos, courtesy … more »

Making Hay While the Sun Shines

My rural Oklahoma roots remind me of a sayingthat was oft usedin the late days of summer; “make hay while the sun shines.” The wisdom behind thisimplies that you take advantage of opportunities when you have them, because when the time passes, you won’t have that chance again.

It is this code that serves as the reason forserving brunch in September. Thegentler temperatures and vivid colors will morph into a season of cold and grey before we know it. Then we’ll be shoveling snow and tweeting complaints about how long our winters are in Nebraska.

Attached are some photos, courtesy … more »