Smokin' Chestnut

Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all. ~Harriet van Horne

Category: Photography

Roasted Eggplant Salad with Smoked Almonds and Goat Cheese

Summer is officially here. The season of bugs, birds and wildflowers. The field next door has an abundant amount of the latter (and probably former) so I’ve taken to making wildflower bouquets. But during a segment of Nancy and Kristen’s Garden Conversations – a very local segment consisting of just Nancy, Polaris, and me – […]

Quinta da Regaleira (Sintra, Portugal)

Did you know that not all vacations are spent in complete, all-encompassing bliss? Don’t get me wrong; most of our trip to Portugal was absolutely incredible. But there were times when I became homesick for our dog, I became sick-sick from the food (or lack of vegetables), and I became sick of traveling, period. Two […]


“Never go full turtle,” I told Matthew while also asking him to carry our second backpack. “You know what time it is?” He asked me in response. “Turtle time.” “OK, Hunchie….” And then we started cracking up and I made him stand still for a photo. Then I wrote down the quotes on my iPhone […]