Kathleen’s Sweet Potato Hash

Don’t let the title fool you: this is another of Dave’s amazing creations. He had me put my name to it because it was my idea to create a general topper out of sweet potatoes (think Bacon-bits, but healthier, tastier, and vegan!). When he makes a batch of this, I have a container of it… Read More »

Dave’s Squacamole

Dave invented this awesome dish last autumn, but as I neglected to take a photo of it, I waited until now to post it. This savory/sweet dish was inspired by guacamole, but there is little similarity beyond the name. Serve it warm, either by itself or with some faro or other grain and sweet potato… Read More »

Yes, I am a Font Snob

I’m picky about fonts. My livelihood is all about the written word, so I get pretty focused on the use and presentation of the words and language I see around me. I’ve been recoiling in horror at the horrible use and misuse of fonts since the early days of the newest desktop publishing programs, when… Read More »

Oregon Lighthouses

I can’t say enough about how beautiful it is in the Pacific Northwest. From the amazing Mt. Hood glacier and the Mt. St. Helens volcano, to the most ruggedly beautiful coastline in the USA — an outdoor enthusiast (or anyone with a camera) could live a lifetime here and not see it all. One way… Read More »

Visiting Portland

Portland is a great town — a big city with a small-town feel and a lot to do. It’s not too difficult to figure out where things are: It’s divided east/west by the Willamette River (rhymes with damnit), and north/south by Burnside Road. “Downtown” is on the west side, and in NW Portland, the streets are… Read More »

Visiting the Long Beach Peninsula

The long Beach Peninsula is a 20-minute drive up the west coast from the south Washington border (click this image for an un-cropped version that better shows the long beach). The peninsula features a 28-mile (45 km) sand beach, which is the longest “drivable beach” in the US, and one of the longest in the world.… Read More »

Visiting the Pacific Northwest

I am very fortunate to live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest — literally in a rainforest. While I live in a pretty typical suburban sprawl just to the west of Portland, it is still very lush and green all year long. I am a 15-minute drive from wild beauty, and a short 2 hours from… Read More »

On Meeting Philip Glass

Anybody who knows me even in the slightest knows that I’m just a tad partial to the music of Philip Glass. Last winter I went to a Portland performance of his “Dracula,” performed by the Kronos Quartet with Phil playing the second keyboard, (a part he later added to the piece just for himself so… Read More »

Dave’s Yellow Basmati Rice

After experimenting with a dubious package of “Saffron Rice” from the grocery store that had MSG as one of its ingredients, Dave started wondering how he could make a yummy rice from scratch at home. Here’s the result, which he served with braised sugar snap peas and chicken. I think it would be really great… Read More »

Make Mine Rare

When I eat beef, I want it rare, although my husband and brother constantly tell me this is dangerous. Thinking I’d get them to stop bugging me about it, I did a little research… I saw this 2004 article on BBC.com that described a study in which they found that E. Coli does not permeate… Read More »

Stop Using One-off Plastic

Plastic bits in the ocean and in the food chain have created a big, scary problem. If all of us would take a few small steps to minimize disposable plastic usage, the cumulative effect could make a big difference. Many of us bring our own bags to the store, but we can do more. Here are five… Read More »

Divisive politics

In late 2017 I got an email from a Democratic organization venting about the just-passed tax bill that ended with: “We want to give you this anti-Republican bumper sticker!” I think this is a bad approach. I don’t want to perpetuate the us-and-them bullshit that is US politics right now, and I think things like… Read More »

On Kaepernick’s kneeling

In 2016 and 2017, there was an uproar over a black football player, Colin Kaepernick, quietly kneeling on the field during the national anthem rather than standing with the rest of his team. He was protesting the repeated killing of black men by police in America, and this lead to many months of heated arguing among… Read More »

Dave’s Cinnamon Apple & Sweet Potato Dessert

I was busy working at my desk on a rainy autumn afternoon when Dave came in with a lovely little white plate and said “Try this.” On a whim, he had made this sweet potato and baked apple dish. Amazing! This is a wonderful dessert to satisfy sweet cravings without any added sugar… who needs… Read More »

Potential

Walking around in almost every one of us is a wellspring of untapped potential. Some call it inspiration, some call it god — whatever you call it, there exists in us a deep beauty, a spark, that few of us acknowledge, let alone show or attempt to express. The thing about potential is that it… Read More »