brain operations

My brain works in an interesting way.  I guess all of ours do… I’ve been traveling for the last three weeks; touring with Rory, going to Bonnaroo, seeing the Wall for the last time, seeing college friends, and finally going to NYC for the first time in a year and a half for a wedding.  It was a very emotionally heavy trip, especially that last part…I had many expectations of what it would be like to be back, some were met, some were not.  What I did take away from the trip was that New York isn’t my home anymore, it’s a place that holds fond memories, growth and a lot of potential.  LA is my home now and being away from it made me aware that I do take comfort in that. I may not be fully rooted yet, but things are shifting and settling in.

One thing I am very glad I got to do a lot of was cook and sit around a table with a handful of very important people.  We laughed, cried, drank and ate. It was fabulous.  It reinforces the fact that sitting around the table sharing a meal with people I love is where I find my community. It’s where I experience great joy with the most important people in my life. 

I’m currently on a plane, eager to get back to LA, and these thoughts came out of my mouth: “the key to  a roast chicken is to cut through the bone after it’s cooked a little cooled.” I mean, duh, right?  AND, “how can I make that curry rice pilaf with out using the box mix…what seasoning should I use…I think Rory would like it.”  OR “I bet I could make a whole meal out of orzo, fresh parsley, tomatoes and some shredded gruyere or parm.”  I’m excited to go home and set my table again, work in my kitchen, re-establish myself in MY home. 

What makes for a “home” moment for you?


I’ve been on the road for most of June, in fact, I’m still out there.  I have made peach raspberry preserves (I’ll show you the pictures when I have the camera back!), a pot roast (it was ok, I used sake instead of white wine and it was a little weird), and I used my kitchen aid to make biscuits.  You don’t need a kitchen aid to make biscuits…you need your hands.  Once I’m back and settled, I am going to embark on a healthy baking kick…is that an oxy moron?  I want to use this kitchen aid!  Bread…here I come, I’m gonna let the dough hook do the kneading for me. 🙂

How’s your summer?