I wish I could say it was a man making “the earth move under my feet, but it does appear to be mother nature shaking my world these days. Compared to the monsters in Chile recently, the earthquakes we’ve been having here in Los Angeles are thankfully small, but…

Jewels with old flame Michael

Jewels with old flame Michael

I am inundated with painters repairing cracks and painting none the less. It’s just a fact of life when you live in a 90 year old home with plaster walls. On the positive side, what better time to do a little redecorating?

2013 recipes and food photos

2013 recipes and food photos

Most of my food photos are shot in the dining room, because the southern exposure gives me plenty of lovely indirect light. However, I’ve been battling the hue that the red walls tend to throw for ages. I welcome a change, but I keep vacillating between painting them all a warm white, or perhaps a pale taupe color.

Lightening up the red dining room

Lightening up the red dining room

The room is large, with very high ceilings, so it can handle a little color, and I’m into neutrals at the moment. I do want to lighten it up, though. Which would you choose? I thought you might like to munch on this recipe while you help me decide…

Jewels Shepherd's Pie

Jewels Shepherd’s Pie

In America we tend to confuse shepherd’s pie with cottage pie. The easy way to remember which is which is to think about the title – shepherds tend to sheep, so shepherd’s pie is the one with lamb and cottage pie is made with beef. Use this same recipe to make a cottage pie by simply substituting beef for the lamb.

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