Friday, May 7, 2010

Island. Recipe. Worms. Guitar.

Man Reflecting, 2010

I'm in a really beautiful place right now. A cottage on a little island. The air is crisp and the view is amazing. It's a special place, sort of magical. Good things happen here. I saw my first Bald Eagle two days ago.

Yesterday I learned that my latest rhubarb recipe had been selected as 1 of only 2 finalists on the food52 website.

Head over there and cast your vote! It's a really cool site and worth exploring. A fine example of crowdsourcing.

I was in absolute shock when I saw that Amanda Hesser, a food writing idol of mine, along with her partner in crime, Merrill Stubbs, had prepared MY rhubarb recipe and selected it as a finalist in their rhubarb competition. On food52 you'll find a slide show of them preparing my recipe, notes they wrote about their experience, and a beautiful finished photograph of the recipe too. I still can't believe it. I'm grinning from ear to ear. I wonder if I should be thanking the island...


I've posted another chapter of Worm for Girls and cleaned up the blog a bit--added a little color, a few photographs. I like it better now. I hope you do too.

Learning to play the guitar is something I've been considering for a long time. Chris finally pushed me over the hump. We were walking past a little music store near our cottage this morning and Chris said he was going to go inside and see if I could schedule a guitar lesson. I said no no, I'm not sure if I'm ready. He said I'm going in. I followed. We met the instructor. My first lesson is in about an hour. I'm happy. This is a template that explains a lot about our relationship.

Don't forget to check out food52 and Worms for Girls.

And most importantly...enjoy your weekend!


  1. "I wonder if I should be thanking the island..."

    You sound like John Locke on Lost. (Before he turned into the smoke monster.)

    Have a nice guitar lesson.

    Knowledge Man

  2. i love islands! i'm an island's girls :)
    have a good time,
    (very beautiful photo!)

  3. You got my vote. I've been learning to play guitar, too. I'm teaching myself, though not very well . . .

  4. Please strum a tune for us, the chorus, sitting here pleased that you're in a good place.

  5. I've voted for you and you totally deserve it. Have a wonderful time on your island, it sounds amazing and good on you for taking up the guitar. I've always regretted not learning an instrument but lack that final push to make me start.

  6. Oh, have fun! It sounds wonderful!

  7. Oh, I'm so glad you're in a beautiful island. And I like Chris's striped socks - they made me smile.

    AND - guitar lessons! That's wonderful!! When we come visit (because it's not a matter of if, but when), you and Bill can play together!

    AND - Worms for Girls looks fabulous. I love the new photo additions - and that little cottage? It made my heart go pitter-patter...! Beautiful.

    I tried logging on to food52, but it just wasn't getting me there. I will have to try again later. Congratulations on that!! What a huge honor! I will try to vote as soon as my computer (or whatever lives beyond it) decides to cooperate.

    Enjoy your time away... It sounds perfect.


  8. Vote-Done! Applause for you and your Rhubarb, a great (and deserved!) honor.

  9. lovely photo: i like the reflection!
    it looks like a very nice place to stay this cottage:)

  10. Congrats!! Totally deserved. That rhubarb recipe was stunning. Guitar works great for a poet's mind. Good luck.

  11. I cast my vote, now I'm heading over to worms for girls. Never been there ,have no idea what I'll find. Sounds like you're having a lovey time.

  12. That is so cool you are going to learn guitar :) And congrats on the recipe!!

  13. Oh my. An island, a cottage, a guitar lesson, rhubarb recipe acknowledgement....

    I hope you had a lovely time.
    (I'm learning to knit after years of good intentions. The guitar is next, and then getting my French fluent. Wish me luck. And keep us posted on how the guitar is going...)

  14. Thank you for all of your kind comments.

    My guitar lesson was interesting. I'm not sure it is for me. I hate to sound like a girly girl, but I didn't know calluses were a necessity.

    Thank you for your votes. The contest has ended and I am officially "runner up". Maybe next time...

    I won't bother anyone with rhubarb for a while (maybe next spring).

    Please excuse me while I wallow in self-pity. I'll be done soon.

  15. Yum-diddly-umptious! Congratulations your rhubarb (and you) certainly deserve the accolades. And yay for you having guitar lessons - I hope it went well and you got a real buzz from it.

  16. i thought that was your recipe. i noticed it on twitter. congrats! very exciting.

  17. Annie, Thanks so much! Not sure about the guitar...yet.

    Shari, Thank you!