New Growth Green

I’m trying to commit myself to new routines.  I’ve walked every day for a week.  I’ve made myself step away from the computer/office and do necessary things.  And, I’m going to try to blog once a week.  It’s Summer. Well, here it is as it’s currently 90 degrees…I think we’ve skipped Spring.  I have fresh…

Happy Birthday, Marcy

I opened Thames Art & Interiors in Memphis’ South Main Art District in 2001. Opening night was on the district’s art walk called Trolley Night…the trolley’s are free should you choose to ride instead of walk.  Tragically, 9-11 had occurred the month before but I knew this was the right thing for me.  I chose…

H.O.P.E

A quick Google search will find the Sunday after the Paschal Full Moon being celebrated or at least recognized by many of the world’s organized religions. Some which you might not expect. However, Easter is recognized by ALL retailers selling chocolate, plush animals, chicks, ducks and PEEPS!!!  Again, that same search will help one find…

Spring…Sprang…Sprung

March 20th has come and gone. It’s the International Day of Happiness, World Sparrow Day, International Astrology Day, World Storytelling Day, UN French Language Day, Independence Day of Tunisia, Liberation of Kirkuk City (Iraqi Kurdistan) and the Vernal Equinox or First Day of Spring. It seems snow and cold are hanging on and April showers are…

Farm Dinner…with Love

It was a progressive Valentine’s Dinner for us.  It wasn’t at Blackberry Farm or Twin Farms but at Edwards Farm. We had opportunities for other Valentine’s Dinners but it’s hard to beat being with the one you love in your own home. By progressive I mean…we started at noon. Lunch was a West Indies Salad….

2017 Best Dishes

Last year took me to 19 states.  I was fortunate to cook, design or be the guest for a plethora of delicious meals. We celebrated birth…newborn…70 years beyond and some in between. We enjoyed hosting our Supper Club, friends visiting from near and far and chosen family. I was honored to produce a wedding joining…

White Christmas

We’ve dreamed about it since June.  We talked about it a lot and planned for it even more. They warned us that it doesn’t always happen…it’s only a sure thing in January and February, they said.  However, we left Memphis planning to ride the train just like Bing and Rosemary and wake up Christmas morning…

Wine & Dine

Fortunate is a word which often comes to mind regarding my work/love relationship with my clients.  It’s wonderful to know so many of my design clients have become dear friends. Four years ago we were invited to a dinner in a client’s home.  I sat by my client’s new next door neighbor and across the…

Landlord, Client, Friend

Monday, sixteen years ago today was actually 9/10/2001…one day before that cataclysmic day 9/11.  I’d heard about a Memphis antique store with all kinds of antiquated architectural elements. I was shopping for doors to make a folding screen. After shopping I stopped in The Arcade Restaurant for a slice of pizza. There was a tri-fold…

D. C. Wedding

I’ll take a bit of a break from food and recipes to share a couple of projects with you…first a beautiful wedding. 1991 They met as neighbors on Oak Grove Road, Tupelo, MS but the groom’s family moved away.  At the rehearsal dinner the father of the groom said, “I thought I moved to Tupelo…

Slice, Grill, Serve

I’m not one to say I’m inspired by something or someone.  I don’t often, if ever, do something like someone else did it or even as a tribute. I even find myself making things that mom made but with adjustments they’ve become mine. Oh, how I wish I could cook for her again. My focus…

Sunday Breakfast

I’m  not a breakfast guy.  I’m actually not a fan of many traditional American breakfast foods…especially before, say 9:30.  Mom and dad loved breakfast and I married a man who believes the marketing line, “if it ain’t eggs, it ain’t breakfast.”  Mom always did a “full breakfast” on Sunday…and still got to Sunday School.  I…