Thank you, Birmingham Breadworks, for getting me out of my house. At an acceptable distance, of course. Because I ate a full half of one of your pizzas, I felt compelled (really compelled and fueled) to walk five miles in my hilly neighborhood today. I really am grateful. That pizza with its savory bacon and … Continue reading Pizza
Jamie Oliver's Sticky Onion Tart is a real treat. My friend Beth Wilder made it recently and shared a picture that made my mouth water. So I found the recipe and decided to make it myself. It calls for things you probably already have on hand: onions, garlic, thyme, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar. I … Continue reading Sticky Onion Tart. You’re gonna want to make this.
Back in mid-January, we got two weeks' worth of pasta, beans and canned tomatoes. For Valentine's Day, I gave my kids the usual heart-shaped box of chocolates along with some disinfecting wipes and their choice of lavender- or lemon-scented spray hand sanitizer. I thought I was prepared. But then masks. photo from WBAP.com It is … Continue reading Hand-sewn masks
I love the folks at Yellowhammer Creative. For one thing, I can always count on them for fabulous shirts to send to my friends across the country and across the world even. (There are more than a few It's Nice to Have You in Birmingham shirts in Munich.) This is one of the shirts in … Continue reading A fun way to support our favorite local businesses
We've been baking bread here at my house. Well, my husband has been baking bread, and I've been really enjoying it. Here's my blog post with the tried-and-true, no-knead, made-in-a-cast-iron-dutch-oven recipe. The original recipe is from Sullivan Street Bakery. But one bread we always buy: bagels. We just can't do them like my friend Jennifer … Continue reading Still Serving: Crestline Bagel Co.
Friends, we don’t know half of what this coronavirus is taking from us. Not even half. Our time with family. Our time with friends. Our time to just freely walk in this world and not think about the distances between us. I have often taken for granted the absolute delight of a sentence spooling out—one … Continue reading Lost and Found
These are the books I featured on WBRC Fox 6 this month. Each of these books will take you somewhere else. And right now, while we're unable to travel (even outside our homes for the most part), they offer windows to the wider world. A note for right now: I want you to have access to … Continue reading Fox 6 Books: April
Right now, when life is so very different, it's nice to know some favorite things remain available. The Fish Market Southside is still serving with curbside takeout and delivery (through DoorDash, Uber Eats and Bham Takeout) Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The restaurant’s … Continue reading Fish Market Family Meals
I can always count on my poet friend Irene Latham to remind me of National Poetry Month. Musings of an Old Man by Nancy Milford Her postcard featuring a work from Baldwin County artist and writer Nancy Milford ("Musings of an Old Man") was a sweet reminder to live my poem. In happier times, whenever … Continue reading National Poetry Month
Our state’s James Beard Foundation semifinalists should be enjoying a boost to business, but this is not business as usual. When the James Beard Foundation announces its highly anticipated best-of semifinalists, our state usually has plenty of nominees. This year started out no differently with restaurants from across our state named semifinalists in a number … Continue reading National Attention, Local Efforts