Waiting for Baby

It’s early, just as the sun begins to creep across the neighbor’s field and in through our bedroom window. We get the call. It’s time. At least we think it’s time. We thought it was time last night, when we drove north then east to care for a 3-year-old niece while her Mommy and Daddy […]

Two Summer Tastes of Laos

Lao fish with herbs, grilled in banana leaf Happy solstice! Lao food, to me, is synonymous with summer. Even if it’s not summer when you eat it, the flavors will take you to a warm, sunny day. It’s the abundance of fresh herbs, and the heat of those crisp little chiles. It’s the scent of […]

Danger Salad

  We had a wee bit of a scare last week when Jerry went in for his clot check (a monthly routine ever since the incident last fall). His International Normalized Ratio (INR) was way down, meaning his blood was clotting way too quickly. I’m the culprit. I’ve been feeding him too many leafy greens, […]

Happy Earth Day! Go Sour.

Fresh ingredients for Cambodian sour fish soup. Happy Earth Day! Unfortunately, I’m not feeling overjoyed about the state of our planet. For months, I’ve buried my head deep into research on the many injurious things we do to Mother Earth. My plate, of late, includes everything from CAFOs to fracking, fertilizer runoff, flame retardants, E. […]

Wisdom in the Kitchen

Lumpy, bumpy Kaffir limes I’ve been meaning to do this for a very long time: compile a list of culinary tips I’ve accrued through years of shadowing Asia’s cooks—from the hoity-toity kitchen classrooms of luxury resorts, to the dirt-floor huts of mothers who carry on their ancestors’ recipes.  Take a gander at that list, now […]

A Warm Red Curry for a Cool Autumn Night

At times, I feel a bit like I’m living in a glass house here at Chautauqua. If I keep my blinds open, tourists tromping up and down the street can peer inside and see precisely what I’m doing. On warm days, when I read on the screen porch, I can watch vehicles jockeying for parking […]

Scary Times

We’re back in action. I suppose it’s fitting that I return to the blogosphere with a scary story on Halloween. If you follow the Rambling Spoon Facebook page, you might know about the incident last week that landed Jerry in the ER for 25 hours, followed by three days and nights on the fifth floor […]

Harvest Weekend

I spent Labor Day weekend in the kitchen. I went home to see the husband—as well as the peaches, tomatoes, grapes, eggplants, peppers, arugula, chard and basil. A quick trip, in all respects. I caught a bus, I boarded a plane (cool thing about Colorado: the RTD, which, with my faculty pass, allowed me a […]

One in the Kitchen

One set of new chopsticks Jerry left me in Boulder with a tiny kitchen and dishes for one. He shopped at a local culinary fun house (which I’ve yet to explore) and found a pretty set of new chopsticks, Japanese style, with bright red tops and little yellow squiggle designs. But only one pair. Only […]

The Onions That Walk the Earth

Three summers ago, we bought a little house near the Rio Grande. You might recall the dump that it was. It’s still a work in progress (and I’m beginning to think we will never reach completion). But every now and then, I glimpse a few photos of years past and I see that we have […]