Category Archives: spring

Fall Book Sale!

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It is definitely fall here in Portland, Oregon.

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Air is cool and dry. Trees are popping into beautiful colors. Kids are back in school.

In honor of the changing of the seasons, something we do pay attention to at Taste Life Twice, I’m putting on a book sale!

No, not a book swap, although that’s an excellent idea too! But a sale. A big one. As in:

YOU CAN GET MY NOVEL FOR FREE!

That’s right. For 3 days at the end of this month, the Kindle version of Memory’s Hostage will be available for download from Amazon for free. So if you’ve been futzing around wondering how to get that Kindle app for your Android or desktop computer, do it now! Get ready! It’s a-comin’!

In other news, I’ve been doing some research for my third book, ruminating on what I saw and heard in Scotland and England on my trip there last month, and piecing together a whopper of a good story. For more details, sign up for the Book Newsletter (or should I say MUSE-letter), where you’ll soon be getting more nitty-gritty on the book development process.

~Otherwise, stay tuned here for more travelogue details to come!~

Tax Day Antidote!

Uplifting Antidotes to Tax Day

Suspected dogwood- blaze of pink

Whether you stressed out all night Sunday following twisting bureaucratic rules, had to wait in line for 40 minutes at the post office, or had to face up to a whopping tax payment, yesterday might have been a downer.

Thurman St Bridge over Forest Park

So here are a few photos from my walk yesterday that lifted me out of my Tax Day slump. The bridge above was my first chance encounter with Forest Park, the country’s “largest wooded urban park.”

Clever License Plate: Why Ever Not?

The license plate on the car above gave me a whimsical giggle.

Tulips and Daffodils on a Lawn

And these flowers topped it all off! I was so happy to see them planted right on the lawn, drinking up the sunshine.

I hope you enjoyed Tax Day as much as I did. And for you non-Americans, just enjoy the pretty pictures.

Carpe Spring!

Ramping up the Delight

For all you locavores out there, this post is a bit embarrassing…
For me, that is.
Yes, those are ramps up there. Ramps, as in the trend-du-moment harbinger of spring ending and summer beginning. Since we had an awfully long, drawn-out spring (who’s complaining? not me), and a peek-a-boo summer, things may have been a little mixed up. And they were. But it’s still a bit late to talk about ramps.
But that’s ok, I’m not giving a recipe. I’m actually highlighting a delightful observation I made at the time of cutting up the expensive, farmer’s-market, little darlings:

I matched my food!

As I looked down and the penny dropped, I felt happily content to be so in tune with the season that I had on a purple top and green shorts- ha!
The ramps went into a lazy-man-scramble with some early tomatoes, and were paired with those all-stars of the sustainability world: anchovies. More specifically, marinated white anchovies, a specialty which the Spanish call boquerones, and the Greeks call gavros. I first met their ilk at Estadio, and later bought these at Vace, an Italian deli-and-pizza stronghold in the Cleveland Park neighborhood.

It was a simple, filling, and nutritious meal. Eggs and anchovies = good proteins and fats; tomatoes, ramps, and herbs = 2 fruit and vegetable servings for the day. And that’s pretty much how I do my food accounting. It’s not overly complex.

Moments when you match what you’re chopping… now THAT’s ENTERTAINMENT!

I’d love to hear how you all entertain yourselves with your own passions. These types of stories sustain us as we follow our dreams. So do be a peach and tell us a story, eh?
I am currently trawling for students for my next cooking class, possibly next week. The armchair travel theme is Southern Italy (oh, aren’t you dying to see where I went? Soon!), and the menu will be different from the last one- modified to include Pizza, as only southern Italians can make it. (And those who have learned from southern Italians, of course!) Send me a message if you or someone you know may be interested!

**Sincere thanks to all who have like the new Taste Life Twice Facebook page! I’m delighted to have another way to connect with people, and look forward to enjoying the recipes, stories, and opportunities to be shared.