aaaand who the heck am I?

i'm a singer/songwriter, musician, and bass player for the modeens and the cordials living in tucson, az. i also write about my obsessions with food and various stories from the past, present and my imagination. You basically never know what's coming next.
feed the birds

feed the birds

Even though we are now deep in that famous desert dry heat of a Tucson summer, our olive tree is playing host to its own little wilderness of local birds. I admit I helped this along by making an addition to my improvised bird bath: bird feeders. And now I’m...
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ghosting on swamp radio

ghosting on swamp radio

As most of you long-time readers know, I hail from Jacksonville, FL, the northeast corner of that most unique of states. On the Atlantic Ocean, right next door to south Georgia. It’s a hard place to describe to people who’ve never done more than pass through on I-95. It’s got beautiful sugar sand beaches, and...
a week at my table - pistachios

a week at my table – pistachios

Here’s the longer version of a little guest post I did for the Tucson CSA newsletter for their “A Week At My Table” segment, where CSA members describe how they’ve used their veggies through the week. From other parts of the country you read phrases like “as the temperature drops”, “packing away my flip-flops” and...
silent songbird: an ode to linda ronstadt

silent songbird: an ode to linda ronstadt

I felt a cold wave pass through me when I saw the headline. “Linda Ronstadt has retired from singing due to Parkinson’s disease.” Even after a long career fully documented with almost 30 albums in styles from rock to swing to opera and Grammy awards (and nominations) out the yin yang, it made me sad....
the september tease

the september tease

September is an odd month here in the desert. Every blog title or magazine article you come across on the interwebs talks of crisp breezes and the prospect of changing leaves. Here we are still waiting to say goodbye to the last three-digit day and dreaming of a high that’s lower than 90 degrees. I...
monsoon melodies and maladies

monsoon melodies and maladies

This is the part of the Sonoran summer you don’t get to see unless you stick around. Hang tough through that hot dry heat. Though you can’t blame fellow desert dwellers for skipping out – it’s a good time to drive north and rest your eyes on some mountain views or head west to bask...
a week at my table

a week at my table

The Tucson CSA asked me to write an installment of their frequent newsletter section, ‘A Week At My Table’. Here was the harvest in question: Oops, and a summer CSA harvest picture isn’t complete without this fruit diva popping up! It’s summertime and the blowsy abundance of winter greens and roots, which usually required me...
neil gaiman's lemon pancakes

neil gaiman’s lemon pancakes

As a reader, a Neil Gaiman fan and a somewhat-foodie, I had to break my recent blog-fast with an unexpected delight: the real-world recipe for the lemon pancakes mentioned in Gaiman’s latest novel, The Ocean At The End of the Lane. Gaiman writes modern mythology with quirk and wit and I’ve been following him since...
crazy about cactus

crazy about cactus

The cool (or sometimes irritating) thing about CSAs is when you’re given something that you would normally ignore if you were in a store or farmer’s market. It takes you out of your rut and makes you think and learn (again, this can be cool or irritating depending on what other craziness you have going...
remembering the music store

remembering the music store

Most girls growing up in Jacksonville Florida in the eighties went to the mall. And so did I, though only when I absolutely had to. I was able to get away with less mandatory shopping time because I went to a Catholic school with an ugly, maroon and white uniform that took care of the...
mexican lasagna

mexican lasagna

(Jump right to the recipe) Easter is a major holiday in my family. Ever since I can remember, Daddy has organized a huge Easter egg hunt in the backyard for all the little kids (and some of the big kids) in our family and extended family. He and Mami spend all year picking up knick...
swiss chard, sausage and lentils fry

swiss chard, sausage and lentils fry

(Jump right to the recipe) One of the challenges of belonging to a CSA is all the cooking. Lots and lots of cooking. Washing, peeling, chopping, slicing, dicing, stirring and tasting. Which is great (especially, the tasting). Ever since I started cooking more from whole foods and less from mixes, boxes and bags, we feel...
csa project: what the heck are podding radishes

csa project: what the heck are podding radishes

(Jump right to the recipes) Here comes the humble belated blogger, crawling back to her neglected WordPress site looking at the long backlog of writing she’s been meaning to do. This spring has been a whirlwind of family visits, gardening, general home spring-fevery, more family visits and getting ready for The Modeens’ release of our...