Three Things, Issue Thirty-Six

ONE: SPRING She came into the world on an early Tuesday morning in spring, just as the sun began to stretch itself over the horizon. She once read in Oprah magazine how the season you are born in will always be your favorite. Your power season, the article called it. She doesn’t read Oprah anymore, […]

Three Things, Issue Thirty-Five

ONE: PIE “Pie is the food of the heroic. No pie-eating people can ever be permanently vanquished.” ~ New York Times, May 3, 1902 (from “Pie & Whiskey”) I fancy myself a respectable baker, but pie is my Achilles heel. Cakes, cookies and breads are a breeze. Cheesecakes, even–a speciality of mine. But pie? Pie […]

Three Things, Issue Thirty-Four

I’m going back to basics this week, pals. Returning to the original format of Three Things, mostly because I can only mine the deep, dark depths of my soul for so long before I need to come up for air. Excuse me while I suck in as much life-giving oxygen as I can. In the […]

Harissa Chicken and Chickpeas

(Adapted from Bon Appetit) 1 tablespoon olive oil 8 skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs, well-trimmed of excess fat Salt and pepper I medium onion, chopped 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced 3 tablespoons tomato paste 2-15 ounce cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed 1/4 cup harissa paste 1/2 cup chicken stock 1/4 cup chopped, flat-leaf parsley Lemon wedges, […]

Three Things, Issue Thirty-Three

Fear. I don’t consider myself an anxious person by nature, but I’m well aware of the fears I have. It was Christmas morning when I unwrapped this book–Fear, Illustrated, by Julie M. Elman. Sent to me by my brother in Athens, Ohio, it was as if it had been written for me. As I thumbed […]