Happy Chinese New Year!

This is just a quick post to welcome in The Year of Ox! Here is our little Lunar New Year mascot, on the left, Sammo, the Lucky Ox. He came to us all the way from China, but his friends are pure Appalachian mythology–two crypto-critters from the West Virginia UFO flaps of the 1950’s and […]

Sinfully Simple: Chicken with Bok Choy and Bacon

This dish is a Barbara original, although it was inspired by the simple, clean flavors prevalent in the Cantonese cuisine of southern China. It was born of the fact that I had fresh, local bacon, Shanghai bok choy and chicken breasts in my refrigerator that needed to be used. And, I thought to myself, “I […]

A Personal Loss

I just got a call this morning from my Aunt Judy. Uncle Frank died in his sleep last night. This was not unexpected–right after I had written the final post in December, I flew down to stay with them for a week, and came back about three days before Christmas. He was in good spirits […]

Sewing And Craft Projects Part One: My First Rag Quilt

Since folks asked, I guess that I will post pictures and explanations of some of my recent sewing projects on Saturdays and leave Sundays for Weekend Kat Blogging, with the weekdays reserved for all things food and culinary. Since I get most of my foodie traffic on weekdays, this arrangement should satisfy just about everyone, […]

I Have Returned….For Real This Time

First of all, I want to thank everyone who has posted here, emailed me, stopped me on the street or called me on the phone to extend best wishes and the hopes that all is well with my family and myself. My readers are among the best people in the world–caring, curious, interested, intelligent, compassionate, […]

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