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TRAVEL – MARTHA’S VINEYARD WINE FESTIVAL

How fitting that a festival welcoming wine lovers from all over the nation is held every year on an island believed to be named for its proliferation of wild grapes when it was first discovered. Today, Martha’s Vineyard is not only known for its beautiful beaches, cliffs, lighthouses, farms and fishing villages, but also for its wonderful New England charm, hospitality and fantastic food.

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GLUTEN-FREE BACON, LETTUCE, AVOCADO & TOMATO WRAP AKA ‘THE BLAT’

Even though it’s been continuous rain with brief moments of sunshine, our summer temperatures have still been quite hot – mid to upper 80s with humidity above 60 percent. And that means it feels more like 100 degrees . . . and while it’s great for my garden, this kind of weather isn’t great for my hair – frizz and curl is the name of the game these days.

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THE LIGHT IN ITALY

6:30am. We slept with the windows open last night and wrinkled white cotton sheets cover our bodies. I hear the birds first; their songs float like notes of wind chimes in the air. The weather has been spectacular this week with blindingly-bright sun and pale blue skies.

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PHOTO ESSAY – NEW ORLEANS

The Professor and I were in New Orleans last week – it was the first time either of us had visited this fabulous city and by the end of the week, we were both smitten. The weather was perfect – sunny and warm with a gentle breeze; there is so much to see and do in New Orleans and of course . . . eat! 

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52 sundays; january 4, 2015

I didn’t understand the ‘macaron craze’ for a very long time – didn’t quite get the obsession of a baked meringue cookie with, what I thought, was a filling similar to an oreo cookie. Then a few years ago on our way home from a trip to Italy, we traveled through the Charles de Gaulle airport and I found myself staring at the beautiful packages of Lauderee macarons; we bought a box for ourselves as well as a box for my sister-in-law’s birthday. One bite on the plane was all it took and suddenly, I understood. Brulee-crisp outer shell yields to an ever-so-tender and airy cookie, sandwiched together with nearly every conceivable filling one can imagine: chocolate ganache, caramel, jam, melon, citrus, nuts, herbs – it truly was a life-changing experience.

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TWICED-BAKED POTATO JACKETS WITH ROSEMARY

The Professor has been in LA at a college-related workshop all week and while I’ve missed him, I also know he’s had a great time; so far, the group has visited the Dancing With Stars set to watch this week’s live performances as well as a trip to the DreamWorks studio. They weren’t allowed to take photos but that’s alright because the excitement in his voice as he relayed the details was all I needed to know it has been a fabulous experience. 

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52 sundays; june 29, 2014

Well we’re home; a little jet-lagged but home and sleeping in our own bed after a 24-hour travel day. I have to admit that the last leg of our journey was grueling in a very small puddle-jumper with about 35 teeny-tiny seats of which I’m convinced were made of concrete and wooden spikes; it felt as if I was being tortured for those last hours on a plane. But Italy was so, so worth it! 

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52 sundays; june 22, 2014

We’re here in Italy for the next 7 days; it felt as if we were coming home – that familiar feeling of seeing good friends, laughing and catching up and seeing the beautiful Villa Boccelli.

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52 sundays; january 19, 2014

You know I’m a former Seattle girl, yes? And while I’m now an Indiana girl, I still miss the Pacific Northwest – the mountains, the food scene, friends and family who still live there and yes, even the weather . . . okay, only sometimes the weather – because when the crystal-blue skies of summer appear, it’s glorious indeed.

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LORENZO’S LASAGNA

Back in May, The Professor and I were invited to spend 12 days in the Tuscany region of Italy to shoot two hands-on Culinary Getaways for Jovial Foods; to say that it was an experience of a lifetime is an understatement. Gorgeous 18th Century Tuscan villa surrounded by majestic cypress trees, stone walls covered in roses, church bells peeling in the distance and access to some of the very best food I’ve ever eaten – it was memorable.

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KIMCHI DEVILED EGGS AND BIG SUMMER POTLUCK

It’s been a wonderful summer, maybe the best one we’ve had yet, I’m not really sure; life is always full of adventure and good things with The Professor and I count myself very lucky to have him as my life partner. Our travel schedule has been jam-packed traversing to both coasts, to Italy and back again – busy at times, exhausting at times, but always, always, rewarding. The work we are privileged to do fills our need for creativity and the people we meet are warm and genuine; some become friends forever – making our lives very rich indeed.