late to the party … Marcella’s Butter Tomato Sauce

Simple and easy, what more could one ask for with homemade?


Marcella Hazan, often described as the Julia Child of Italian food, has written some remarkable cookbooks. I own several and they have never steered me wrong. When I needed a lasagne recipe, not being a lasagne fan, it was to Marcella that I turned. It was a remarkable lasagne. Sadly, she passed away in 2013, crushing my dreams of taking one of her cooking classes but she left behind quite the legacy. I’ve been reading about her butter tomato sauce for years yet have never made it. Like many things that receive endless glowing reviews – Harry Potter books, Mad Men, LaLa Land, Chik-Fil-A – I tend to run the other way. If everyone is enthusiastically waxing on and on about something I become suspicious. Misguided? Probably. Cynical? Certainly. This tomato sauce was definitely one of those things. Just four ingredients? How good could it be? How many tomato sauce recipes does…

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Sometimes we need to get up close to realize just how small we are and that there are bigger issues in-front of us.


(My photo taken 15 October, ‎2014)

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My pen

I’ve lost the desire and or ability to write.  Every time my pen touches paper the ink dries up.  The thoughts that I want to take from the air to something concrete evaporate, leaving not even a dusty trail.  I have vicariously tried to write through your words but that brief moment from reading to writing disappears as soon as I digest your epistle.

Physically I am here, my creativity is not.

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Mother Nature

It is hard to believe that we are in the middle of winter when looking out my window and seeing our redbud tree in bloom.


Mother Nature is a cruel mistress.  While not as cold as other parts of our country we will have at least one straight week of freezing (32° F/0° C) or below temperatures.  The redbud will lose these blooms as will the maple tree.

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Christmas 2016

The end of 2016 approaches and I am in a cloud with no idea of where time disappeared this year.  As I reflect over the past year I’ve come to the realization that as a teenager I’ve reached an age that I thought I would never be – am I really THAT OLD?

I look back at the experiences my friends have brought me and I am thankful that they let me into their and shared lives.


Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!  May this time be filled with family, friends, warmth and much happiness.

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A tumultuous week has passed and what happens in the future is unknown.  Many fear the USA will regress to the 1950s/1960s.  Advancements that don’t suit the majority will be repealed and or outlawed.

As all of this transpires a gentler time provides a moment of solitude and relief.  Hope eternal, the Monarch still feeding on 12 November.  Soon it will wing its way south to Mexico where it will migrate and hibernate in oyamel fir trees.

Monarch on milkweed.JPG

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A Letter To My Future Husband

Dear Future Husband,

We haven’t even met yet and I’m mad at you. Impressive.

But when you do finally read this, you’ll already know I’m an open book. So let’s dive right in. We’ve wasted enough time.

I’m mad that…

I’m writing this letter on a plane to Paris without you.

I’m mad that…

You didn’t get to see me naked when I was in my twenties

(your loss actually).

I’m mad that…

I had to date a bunch of duds.

I’m mad that…

You didn’t get to meet my dad.

I’m mad that…

I spent $5,000 on a dating coach and you still didn’t show.

I’m mad that…

I’m 90% certain you were hit by a bus.

I’m mad that…

I go to bed alone.

I’m mad that…

I have the biggest heart and no one to share it with.

I’m mad that…

We probably won’t be married for…

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