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…

Museum to Table

A visit to Crystal Bridges Museum was both enjoyable and invigorating.  We were visiting friends in Northwest Arkansas. The new life given to that region simply by the installation of a world class art museum is measurable.  We visited the museum in 2012 when the museum had just opened but wasn’t fully realized.  During that…

Bounty of the Garden

Those of you who know me have heard about my mom’s multiple versions of coleslaw. Sometime after I “took up housekeeping” I realized the motivation for all those different slaws.  Mom was a child of the depression. They grew their own vegetables and raised their own meats.  They “put up” provisions for the winter but…

Sunday Supper

Speaking with a friend today he said, “you’ve been doing a lot of cooking lately”. I haven’t really cooked more than usual.  However, I have taken to social media a bit more than normal. Summer is exhilarating. All things pertaining to food and entertaining are at the optimum. Cooking for those I love is pure…

Helen and Fay

It’s Mother’s Day and it’s taken me a while not to be totally depressed on this day. Time has helped create a shifted focus regarding how I think of mom and this day.  I’ve come to realize and actually celebrate the idea that Mom is with me always.  In fact, she and Brandt’s mom Helen…

The Best of Times

Friends, family, food, frivolity and another year older…where both digits change…it was the best of times! Early this year I started mentioning the birthday and asking what kind of celebration might be in order.  The responses were less than exuberant and extremely non-committal.  One Sunday afternoon I heard a voice from the bedroom proclaiming, “I…