Category Archives: Food and Wine

Off to Larson’s for the makings for Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

Three generations of the Larson family have been in the grocery business since 1948 when James Larson opened his first store in Water Valley, 18 miles south of Oxford. The Oxford store was opened under the regional Big Star franchise, … Continue reading

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Waterford Winery near Stellenbosch, South Africa

This post is for Jean over in Ireland via Social Bridges. Yesterday, we were conversing about Waterfords–the one in Mississippi, the one in Ireland, and the one in South Africa. I said if I could choose to live anywhere, it … Continue reading

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Riding with the Horsemen

Today, I am riding with the Mughal Horsemen again, using Edwin M. Knowles Sylvan, a pussy willow and yellow pods design from 1934. Since the real Horsemen originated in the 15th century, I thought the least I could do was … Continue reading

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Westminster Arms, AKA Red Lion and Mossay & Company

After our visit to Westminster Abbey, we took a break at Westminster Arms.  I felt the need to try to British room temperature beer or ale, and a fish and chips.  It is always good when visiting to try something … Continue reading

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When ‘eyeballing’ it is not good enough

We are all living in a new time, and in the spirit of human coping and adaptation, I have made a valiant effort to learn how to compromise my preferred shopping habits.  Over two years ago whilst drowning in work … Continue reading

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Ya Shi Xiang: Look deeper and beyond the surface if you want to find real treasure.

When life is upended as we know it, I find comfort in small rituals that have meaning to me…like brewing a pot of tea and using my collection of vintage tea cups.  The pattern here is Edwin M. Knowles Sylvan, a design … Continue reading

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27-31 Basil Street, SW

I always enjoy a variety of architecture, including rear of buildings.  While on our fast track around London, we pulled to a stop next to the Cafe Rouge on Basil Street in Knightsbridge area. I also enjoy street views, especially … Continue reading

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Shrimp White Bean Bruschetta

How could anything so simple taste so good?  While reading the news in the Washington Post a few days ago, something called Voraciously appeared with a header about one pot-one sheet pan-one skillet meals.  I love to cook, and I … Continue reading

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Randy Bakes “Fancy Party Cookies”

Last year at work, Rand participated in the Christmas Cookie Exchange.  I baked his cookies for him, and scanned my mother’s well-worn and well-loved sugar cookie recipe.  In their exchange, they gift 2 cookies per person of all the cookies … Continue reading

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From high atop downtown Jackson

Last Thursday night found me on the 11th floor of the Jackson Downtown Marriott Hotel.  While I enjoyed my room service meal of chicken milanese, with baby broccoli in beurre blanc, and smashed potatoes, I could not help but wonder … Continue reading

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