Lover’s Leap, Hannibal, Missouri Most folks have heard of Samuel Clemens, perhaps better known as Mark Twain, but did you know Sam had an older brother with a penchant for printing yarns as well? Talented family, those Clemens!Orion Clemens, a Hannibal, Missouri newspaperman in the mid 1800’s (who later became the first and only Secretary… Continue reading Romance, Savagery and Lover’s Leap
Haunted by a delectable lunch enjoyed at Ophelia’s last fall (more about that here), I’ve made it my mission to create impeccable variations of chicken salad—one inspired by each of the four seasons.Since June 21st marked the beginning of summer, when the earth is putting vast amounts of energy into growing fruits, vegetables, flowers, plants,… Continue reading Influences & Inspiration (Recipe: Orchard-Style Chicken Salad)
Late last fall, when Kansas City was experiencing one of our par for the course, pre-holiday heat waves, the girls and I popped into Ophelia’s Restaurant while doing a bit of Christmas shopping. Overlooking Independence, Missouri’s Historic Square, Ophelia’s is one of those restaurants you adore for a myriad of reasons: Location They have a… Continue reading Culinary Influences & Inspiration
Where does mojo go when it’s gone? For the past few months I’ve been feeling a lot like Austin Powers, after Dr. Evil steals his—things aren’t quite right and I’m not sure how to fix them. It’s as if all the energy has been sucked out of my body and along the way, some of… Continue reading Getting My Mojo Back (& Our New Favorite Cookie Bar)
After being my dedicated taste tester all these years, when my husband says, “This is the best cookie bar recipe you’ve ever made,” I listen. After all, who am I to argue with a compliment 😉 Adapted from a recipe discovered in a old, self-published church cookbook (Thank Heaven for Home Made Cooks, circa 1988),… Continue reading Conquering the Cookie (Recipe: Cherry-Chocolate Cookie Bars)
This month, I started participating in Wordless Wednesday again. I’ve always enjoyed Wordless Wednesday (WW for short), because it leaves things open to interpretation—something I’m quite fond of in art & literature. To see my WW submission, visit Down To The River on my Photography page (don’t forget to check out other new additions to… Continue reading Sometimes Words Just Muck Things Up
Gazing at the mighty Mississippi, it’s hard to pinpoint what might have caught their eye. I’d like to imagine it was Huck & Jim, floating on a log raft and heading downriver towards freedom and adventure. “What Did They See?” taken with a Nikon D70 along the Mississippi River; references to Mark Twain’s The… Continue reading What Did They See?