Garlic & Gauloises

Now that I’ve been picked up by a real publisher, I’ve found that I have a new family. I’m now a part of the Winter Goose Publishing family and all of us lean on and support one another. We disagree, we laugh, cheer and occasionally poke good natured fun at one another. I haven’t quite […]

Blondie in The Water

I love salt water.  I love being tossed about by the wave and I love feeling the tug and push of the tides.  I find it mesmerizing.  I can’t think of a better example to describe our planet’s forces of nature.  Get into the salt water on an East coast beach and you won’t need […]

Sharon, will you go out with me?

  It took me twenty minutes to make the ten minute drive to the bank.  My palms were sweating and my heart was racing as I finally came to a stop at the drive through.  Sharon waved and smiled, pulled the microphone close and said “Hi John.”  I fumbled with the metal cylinder, inserted my […]

Hopping that Blog

My dear friend Shaunda Wenger invited me to participate in a blog hop titled “The Next Big Thing” which is meant to showcase a writer’s work in progress.  If you ask me that sort of sounds like a lead-in to an old Godzilla movie. So imagine if you will: Police Commissioner in thick glasses speaking […]

Vegan Doughnuts and Artisan Dogs

Laura Huff of Carolina Epicurean is the sweetheart of the Carolinas!  Here’s her lead story for this week…by none other than your humble servant.  Enjoy!    

Doughnuts for Chapel Hill

Months ago I convinced Marilyn Markel, the director of the cooking school at A Southern Season to host me for a demonstration class.  Amy and I decided to celebrate our 25th at the same time so we turned it into a long weekend, sans kids.  I surprised her by trading favors with a friend and he […]

Happy 25th Sweetheart

Although our anniversary is still a few weeks away, Amy and I are celebrating this weekend.  We’re headed to Chapel Hill where I’ll teach a cooking class at Southern Season centered around the food in my novel, Doughnuts for Amy.  I swapped favors with a very good friend of mine and he has loaned me […]

Cream-filled Doughnuts

Jason asked me to make some banana cream filled doughnuts for a private party so I tried several different techniques.  I made a couple of batches of yeast risen doughnuts (recipe is in the back of my novel, Doughnuts for Amy) and also a cake doughnut recipe.  Cake doughnuts are leavened with baking powder and/or […]

Seven Books

  I had my first book signing at a real bookstore last week.  Fiction Addiction hosted me.  Jill, the proprietor has been very helpful and has given me some good advice and even though I started life as a writer through Amazon, the all-powerful corporation that independent bookstores deplore, she agreed to host me at […]