Taste of the Tropics

Oh, gentle feelings, soft sounds, the goodness and the gradual stifling of a soul that has been moved; the melting happiness of the first tender, touching joys of love--where are you? Where are you? -Ivan Turgenev (First Love) On a lovely sunny and carefree Saturday morning about two weeks ago, I woke up knowing that…

Summer Notes on Summer Impressions

This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still, treat each guest honorably. He may be…

New Orleans Love: Bloody Snake Bites

Take care of luxuries and the necessities will take care of themselves. -Dorothy Parker Recently, there's been a lot of luxury, but I'm not quite sure the necessities have managed to iron themselves out. For the past week I've been on auto-pilot, producing not one or even two, but no less than four desserts. Yes,…