"The only real stumbling block is the fear of failure. In cooking, you have got to have a what-the-hell attitude." ~ Julia Child

The truth is, I don’t love how persimmons taste. But I love the way they look. I’m shallow like that.

a persimmon

Is there anything more Zen than a persimmon?

But I love the way they taste in other things.

Long, long ago in an age-range far, far away, I had a roommate, Leah, who used to keep persimmons in a hanging basket in our kitchen. Every now and then she’d snatch one up and hold it to her nose. For some reason that stuck with me. They’re a beautiful fruit, both squat little fuyus and the larger, fleshier, coral-colored hachiya.

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The Tomato Couscous that Couldn’t

by Julie on November 11, 2013

in Good Ideas Gone Bad

So Saturday I grilled some salmon and made couscous and a lovely roasted beet and feta cheese salad. I had a fresh baguette and chilled white wine, too.  There were no takers.

The Drama Teen skipped out with friends. The boy grunted his disinclination to eat from behind his gaming console. No friends were around. The chef was down in San Diego attending his own kids. I even texted the lovely ex to see if he wanted to swing by and be fed. Alas, he’d already eaten.

So I ate a plate by myself, and, feeling sorta sad, packed up the rest and tucked it into the refrigerator. [click to continue…]

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BHC Swill: Marques de Caceres

November 4, 2013

It’s been about a month. Guess it’s time to write a blogpost. If this were Facebook, I could show you this photo of Marques de Caceres, my latest go-to table tipple and write the single word: But this is a blog, and as such, I must stretch my writing resources a bit more to provide […]

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Wednesday in Santa Monica at FarmShop L.A.

October 7, 2013

Last week a good friend came into town from the Bay Area and invited me to meet her at the vaunted Santa Monica Farmer’s Market. Although I love the SaMo farmer’s market as much as the next foodie, I rarely get there because, well, it’s in Santa Monica. And anyone familiar with Los Angeles traffic […]

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