vegan mushroom cioppino

Hi, I’m back! I’ve been cheffing and managing for a vegetarian restaurant these past two years, and my musings have been posted elsewhere on the web. Speaking of musings, I am going to keep my future posts short and sweet. I usually scroll right down to the bottom of most food blogs, skipping the novel…

karelian pies: vegan, two ways

  Unless you are Finnish, you are probably asking, “what is a Karelian Pie?” I never knew until I went there and had them for breakfast multiple times. Eaten warm, and slathered with not-so-vegan egg butter, these savory rye and rice pastries are so good. In Finland, I saw them in one format: plain. Which…

fabulous finland

We have had such a lovely time in Finland. The entire two weeks were spent enjoying the best food, drink, scenery, company & conversation. We camped. We rode bikes in the archipelago between Finland and Sweden. When my leg began to hurt, we were rescued by a wonderful couple who are destined to become longtime…

midsummer magic

Greetings from eastern Finland, where we have been blissfully spending the past few days experiencing what it is to be Finnish at its best: sweating in a traditional sauna, swimming in a pristine lake halfway over the Russian border, eating tender, new potatoes fresh from the earth and decadent black forest cake made with fresh…

truckin’

Things are moving along over here. I have finished the two big sales that I signed up for, and am in the process of putting the pieces that didn’t sell online, so that you can (buy them, that is!) My adult ed class is two weeks from being over. I am truly amazed at the…

avocado-grapefruit smoothie

This is surprisingly good! And there are only four ingredients. The creamy, fatty consistency of the avocado cuts through the grapefruit. Basically a deconstruction of the classic avocado, grapefruit, and greens salad, I was sure that it would be delicious before I even made it. And it was. I’ve made this twice in two days,…

art in gelato vero & the talmadge art sale

Stop by this lovely cafe in San Diego some time this month, and check out the mosaics hanging on the walls by yours truly. It’s on Washington & India. Best gelato in San Diego. Also, my vase is on the mailer for the show I’m participating in May 5th! Do come. Or, check my Etsy…

shopping opportunities

Hi there… I’ve been hard at work creating pieces to debut at two different sales this May. I hope you can come and support the arts, and me! First, come to the Talmadge Art Show at Liberty Station on June 5th. This is a juried event that showcases and sells arts and crafts of a…

letter of confidence

I always appreciate it when satisfied and happy former clients take the time to write me a letter of appreciation or recommendation. Here is the most recent one I’ve received. Thank you Jill, friend and colleague out there in Mumbai, India! I hope there will be other collaborations for us in the future. It was…

adult education

A big thanks to my students and support system at Coronado Adult Education for the successful completion of yet another awesome mosaic class! I am always amazed at the stunning work that comes out of these sessions. Sign up now for the April-May course.

more vases

Log Cabin quilt pattern vase, 4 inches each side. More vases! I am enjoying making the vases. Small, one of a kind projects that are affordable and special. I think they would be great as gifts. Neither vase pictured here has been grouted yet. The square one pictured at left is actually going to be…

friday february fifteenth

I have been working on vases.  I just put the most recent one up on Etsy. I think they’d make a great gift, my mosaic vases…but I am, of course, biased. 😉 I used smalti for this on a glass form. Smalti is a beautiful, irregular glass mosaic material that has been used for centuries….