Slow down and take a breath

Sometimes, even when there’s a lot on your to-do list, you just have to slow down and take a breath and enjoy the world and life with those you love. This is what I did yesterday afternoon — a visit to one of our favorite Virginia wineries (Breaux), then back home for a light lakeside dinner at our favorite neighborhood restaurant. Bliss!

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Strawberry jam cupcakes

We spent a wonderful time late this afternoon celebrating the recent retirement of a wine blogger friend. I wanted to bring something a little out of the ordinary, so I made strawberry jam cupcakes. Jam cake is an old Appalachian favorite that my Appalachian grandmother would prepare using blackberry jam that she’d made herself. This past Christmas, one of my gifts was Victuals, Ronni Lundy’s marvelous book of folkways and recipes from the Appalachians, one of the richest foodways in the world.

 

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Spicy chicken & grape skewers

This is a perfect summertime dinner, very quick to prepare and very delicious! I spotted this recipe recently in my local paper (by Ellie Krieger) and have modified it to suit our family’s preferences for slightly more spicy foods. It’s a great combination of spice plus the almost caramelized sweetness of the grapes.

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