Tablescapes

For the first year Jack and I were married, we had no dining room table. Then, we had an antique-store find dining table with no chairs that would match it. Then finally, last year, my mother brought up my grandmother’s dining room table, complete with leaf and eight chairs. I was at a loss. I’d … Continue reading

Would you like some cheese with that wine?

A lot of time has passed in the wine world since I wrote “I’ll Take Manhattan,” in which I devote a measly two paragraphs to wine. Such a broad category deserves an (albeit slightly cynical) extender. Love Your Local Wine Merchant; They’ll Love You Back Life is Short: Drink What You Like That Being Said, … Continue reading

A Day in the Life of Lily-Beth

5:40am: Alarm goes off. Dogs go crazy. Hit snooze, barricade self with pillows against dogs. 5:50am: Alarm goes off again. Dogs continue to go crazy. Hit snooze, re-enforce barricade, and keep one eye open. 6:00am: Alarm goes off. Execute “tuck and roll” military manuever and spring out of bed and into shower, before dogs know … Continue reading