My new year is getting off to a great start, especially when I have these kinds of recipes to tweak and make my own according to my own tastes. And that’s really what being the head cook — AKA king or queen of your own domain — is all about.

Kindness. After the year we’ve had, we need it, and we need a lot of it. We all know that 2020 has been a rough year for everyone, and next year will probably be similarly difficult at least for a portion of the year.

Kindness. After the year we’ve had, we need it, and we need a lot of it. We all know that 2020 has been a rough year for everyone, and next year will probably be similarly difficult at least for a portion of the year.

There is beauty everywhere if you train your heart to search for it. It sounds so cliche. I thought that and rebelled a little as I rolled my eyes while I mulled over the sentiment. Sometimes the only muscles in my body that get worked in a day are my eyes, the gull is just that deep.

It’s the night before Thanksgiving, and as long as I can remember, I always spent it with family and my kids, and those who loved me and whom I loved. They would be gathered in the great room playing music or watching a ballgame and I would be cooking. The sound of life and laughter so close…