Asparagus Aspersions

Don’t be casting aspersions on my asparagus! Or said another way, please refrain from tarnishing the reputation of my flowering perennial vegetables.

Aspersion Seeker


Once a Century

Event: A Tribute Dinner celebrating Julia Child’s 100th Birthday
Start Date: August 15, 2012 7:00 PM
End Date: August 15, 2012 10:00 PM

Note from the producer of A Tribute Dinner celebrating Julia Child’s 100th Birthday:
Thank you for supporting Les Dames d’Escoffier Phoenix and our fundraising effort. We look forward to celebrating Julia Child’s 100th Birthday with you on August 15, 2012 at Quiessence.

Thank you Pamela!

2011 – A Photo Review

Happy New Year! It’s that time when we dust off our desks, focus on the future and decide where 2012 will take us. I find it helpful to consider the year that I’m closing out but not so much that it limits my invention of the year to come. What worked well? What didn’t? What will I commit to do in the year to come?  Here’s a glimpse into our 2011.

Gratitude to My Friends and Readers



“I am thankful for laughter, except when milk comes out of my nose.” The quote from Woody Allen describes the condition that triggers the release of endorphins, our natural feel-good chemicals that promote a sense of well-being and have also been shown to relieve pain. It also triggers the release of milk from one’s nostrils but never mind.

Blooming Tuesday

I will be the gladdest thing
Under the sun!
I will touch a hundred flowers
And not pick one.
~Edna St. Vincent Millay (more…)


One of the greatest benefits of eating seasonally is that foods begin to speak of the seasons themselves. I only need to hear the words rhubarb crisp or see a photo and I’m instantly cast into mid-July. Peaches, berries, and sweet corn do something similar to me. But here in the desert where it’s so brutally hot, it’s hard to contemplate a dish that will require us firing up the oven. Conversely, there’s nothing so welcome as a cool refreshment.

Paletas de Pepino - okay the sticks are a little off-center!


Lessons from Mountain Biking

Okay, I was sold a bill of goods. I was told that there was a wide rolly trail from Sunriver, OR to Bend. I saw it as a great opportunity to rent a bike, spend time in a gorgeous outdoor setting with my husband and exercise my wide rolly body.

Oregon Trail Rash


Musical Message from Missoula, Montana

My friend, Bill McDorman is a seed saver. He and his wife, Belle Starr are the Executive and Deputy Directors of the Native Seeds Search, a wonderful organization dedicated to saving, distributing and documenting the adapted and diverse varieties of agricultural seeds of the American Southwest and northwest Mexico. I promise a future post about their incredibly important work but today I want to show you a fun video that Bill shared on facebook. (more…)

Pa Rum Pa Pum Pum

During the school year, my second grader studied Japan. He learned to eat with chop sticks, tie an obi on a kimono, write his name in Kanji and was basically electrified by the topic. The culmination was a visit to a Taiko Drumming exhibit where he not only got to listen but he also got to play one. His enthusiasm was contagious and probably raised my awareness to notice that our Wellness Community offered an evening drumming circle.

Frank Thompson of AZ Rhythm Connection


Tammy’s Top Ten (t3 report) Reasons to Eat at Home

Inspired by Nancy at Spirit Lights the Way, I thought I’d share the reasons that I love to eat at home. Don’t get me wrong, I also love a great meal out but given the choice, I’ll eat in my own kitchen. My attitude toward eating at home began during a time when my husband was traveling a great deal. I simply felt bad asking him to have one more meal in a restaurant and as such, stepped up my own culinary skills. Since that time, I’ve added many more reasons:

Food Prep in Agrigirl's Kitchen