Fluttering free with a fancy roast

Happy easter webThe Easter story is an ancient one.

Not the story about the Easter Bunny or why PAAS decorated eggs nestled in a wicker basket filled with synthetic, colored grass and marshmallow candy PEEPS have anything to do with the original story.

Nope. I’m talking about story of Christ and the resurrection.

Easter Sunday is one the few times I remember the pews of our little Baptist church in Pacomia, California being filled to capacity with new visitors and returning members dressed in finery and the blooming fashions of spring. Back  then, they reminded me of a flock of Monarch butterflies that were happy that they had finally emerged from their cocoons. Continue reading

Thanksgiving is all about the turkey, but does it have to be?

graphic: Turkey asking, "Not feeling me?"Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving.

The large, browned to perfection, glistening turkey is a monument that marks this hallowed occasion.

It’s the centerpiece at the table. We circle it like wagons and glaze upon its roasted image with wonder, delight and torrid, tasty desire.  The cook who prepared it must be a saint. Surely no sinner could create something so phenomenally divine. Continue reading

Kitchen Cassoulet makes the cut

wowAll I can say is wow!

Look what a little, lonely rotisserie chicken sitting in my fridge along with a few other kitchen pantry ingredients can grow up to be – a recipe for an easy Kitchen Cassoulet that is now among the top finalists in the Extended Stay America Away From Home Cooking Challenge!

The challenge was simple: Submit a dish that can be made in the Extended Stay America kitchen. The recipe may contain no more than ten ingredients, and cannot require baking or use of an oven. When I saw the challenge, I entered my recipe. Continue reading

The little blog that could

More collard greensFrom my little kitchen in Los Angeles, California, Collard Greens and Caviar – the blog – was created.

It’s a modest concoction of a little this and that and a few other things. It’s not serious journalism which I’ve practiced most of my career, but it seriously fulfills my journalistic need to write about a subject I love without boundaries or limits. This has been a whirl wind adventure and I’ve never left my laptop or stove top.

Collard Greens and Caviar is certainly the “little blog that could” travel all over the world. It’s gone to countries I’ve never visited and countries I could have never imagined. Continue reading