Monthly Archives: February 2010

Pleased as punch…

… to “announce” that as part of my duties as editor of Teton Home and Living Magazine,  I’ve started blogging for  Yesterday I posted my first note there — the link will take you directly to “Striking Gold” — all about a litle road trip Peter and I took last weekend to Virginia City, Montana. Check it out!  (This is one of the photos NOT posted elsewhere.)

I’m quite inspired by this spot. In fact, they hold two “grand balls” each summer and attending one of those — complete in garb from the 1860s — is looking like an addition to my very own personal “bucket list.” (Must admit I’ve never actually put something like that together, but the notion of dressing up and learning how to dance like they did in the Civil War — and doing it in a preserved historic setting — has a LOT of appeal!)

While you’re at the LifeInTheTetons site, be sure and see the REST of it, too; it’s a marvelous capsulization of Jackson Hole and Teton Valley, with helpful links to lots of other information about this area. And if you go to the TH&L page, you’ll see pieces from the last issue of the magazine, a commemorative of the publication’s first ten years, including a story I wrote  several years ago (“Craftsman Built”).

And if  THAT’s not enough, you can see more pix of the road trip to Virginia City in a photo album (with that name) on my FaceBook page — AND you can become a fan of on FB too.

Happy traveling!



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GWTV March

This month’s speaker for Great Women of Teton Valley, on this Tuesday March 2, is Bev Charette — we’ve known each other since she moved here (she’s part of the Teton Valley Women’s Book Group) and I know it’ll be another fascinating night! See you there — St. Francis of the Tetons in Alta, at 6:30 p.m.

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Lorene’s hummus

Another well-tested and fast-to-make recipe that I love!  Perfect for a party or just a pre-dinner snack (and easy on the pocketbook, too.)

Heat 1 T. olive oil in a medium-sized saute pan over medium heat. Mince a large onion and cook it with 2 cloves of garlic  until soft. Scrape them into the work bowl of a food processor or blender; Add 2 cups chick peas (drained), 1/4 cup tahini (sesame paste), 1 T. soy sauce and 1/2 cup lemon juice (about 2 large lemons). Blend until smooth. Add more olive oil if mixture is tto thick. Taste and add salt if needed. Transfer to a container and refrigerate until ready to use. Before serving, sprinkle with 1/2 cup toasted sesame seeds.

Lorene swears by home-cooked chickpeas and says they definitely make a difference in this recipe. However, I’ve only made it with canned and it’s yummy, yummy, yummy.  Also wonderful with a little roasted red pepper.


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Feb. 21

Reading was definitely sent to the backburner this week while I was focused on the magazine and we watched the Olympics; then Saturday, for a short-but-sweet out-of-Valley experience, we went to Bozeman by way of the American Dog Derby in Ashton.

I did finish The Players, however. Ultimately I found this well-written sleeper a little less than satisfying — perhaps it was the idea and complexity of delving that deeply into Shakespeare’s *possible* sex life that changed my experience from the beginning of the book to the end.

I’ve also started the new book club book, Same Kind of Different as Me, by Ron Hall, Denver Moore, and Lynn Vincent). Interestingly, it too is told in several voices — as one might guess from the book’s subtitle, A Modern-Day Slave, an International Art Dealer, and the Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together. I’m only in 75 pages or so, though — a most promising beginning, certainly “more than a memoir,” as one reviewer states. Book group meets a week from tomorrow, so I’ll have more to say about this one next Sunday, I’m sure.

If you’re a regular reader of this department, you know I’m slated to chair the literature-fellowship panel for the Idaho Commission on the Arts in April; I’ve already read several books by both Brian Doyle and Molly Gloss, two of the panelists, but hadn’t yet been able to find the out-of-print titles by poet Michele Glazer, the third panelist. In Bozeman last night, at this really great little bookstore called The Country Bookshelf, I was thrilled to find a copy of Michelle’s collection called It is Hard To Look at What We Came to Think We’d Come to See.  Sweet success…. loving this too! 

I must admit I have set myself a daunting challenge to try to read everything written by all three of these writers before I meet them in just six weeks.  I’m afraid between them they have WAY too many titles for me to read ’em in that short a time — but I’m going to give it a shot. 

Wish me luck…. besides Michele’s Aggregate of Disturbances (which I must still acquire,) I still want to read The Dazzle of Day and Wild Life by Molly, and, by Brian,  Leaping: Revelations and Epiphanies, and The Grail: A Year Ambling and Shambling Through an Oregon Vineyard in Pursuit of the Best Pinot Noir Wine in the Whole Wild World (which should probably win the prize for the longest-ever subtitle, don’t you think?) 

Happy reading!

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Feb. 14

Happy Valentine’s Day, all you lovers and booklovers!

What a fun and interesting week — went to Boise for the regular meeting of the Idaho Commission on the Arts, and while there, our executive director Michael Faison gave a presentation to the Joint Financing-Appropriations Committee, which provided us a chance to see the newly updated Capitol building (as well as make our case for the arts in Idaho.) It’s absolutely lovely! Be sure and see it next time you’re over on the other side of the state.

I did read a very UN-Valentine-y book called Happens Every Day: An All-Too-True Story. The author, Isabel Gillies (the actor who portrays Detective Stabler’s wife on Law and Order) wrote this penetrating memoir about the dissolution of her marriage to an Oberlin poetry professor.  I found it at times funny, at times tragic — and at ALL times heartbreaking. 

Reading this — at a time when I know several friends who are divorcing or separating from their husbands — helps me keep perspective about my own partnership.  

I have been lucky to share my life with a truly WONDERFUL man.   As I wrote on my FaceBook page yesterday, we met 30 years ago at the University of Wyoming and have been sailing along together since then.

This is one of my favorite photographs of the two of us. It was taken in Piazza San Marco in Venice, during our trip to Europe with Peter’s mother, in March ’09.

I am also nearly finished with a hardback which is bringing the Elizabethan age to life. The Players, by Stephanie Cowell, is subtitled A Novel of the Young Shakespeare, which pretty much gives away the whole of the book.  I picked it up from the bargain table (at guess where) — Dark Horse Books; it seemed to be calling my name as an alternative to the Western and non-fiction jags I’ve been on lately.

And as watching the Winter Olympic games is cutting into my reading time right now, I’m not sure WHAT this week holds!

I am just going to take it day by day….. in a nutshell, that’s one of the pieces of advice that Isabel Gillies ultimately gives, not just for her marriage but for every undertaking.  

Happy reading!


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Feb. 7

Didn’t read much this week, but I did finish The Wet Engine by Brian Doyle — a book that will live on and on in my heart. (And I’m so looking forward to meeting Brian in April!)

Absolutely too many jewels to share…

Here’s one:

“Every creature on earth has approximately two billion heartbeats to spend in a lifetime. You can spend them slowly, like a tortoise, and live to be two hundred years old, or you can spend them fast, like a hummingbird, and live to be two years old.”

Another starts two-thirds down on page 123. It, like a few paragraphs from The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby, I will share and read aloud and never forget. 

In the acknowledgements, Doyle credits his friend author David James Duncan as being “the man who wants to live heartish and not headish,” and goes on to “assign homework” to read his other books among others — which to me just proves that writers must surround themselves with good writers (and continue reading.)

I’m also inspired, this morning, by another friend, another writer, who’s thinking of joining this crazy blog world, too.  She sent me a beautiful piece she’d written, which is, like the Wet Engine, staying with me as I type these meager words.

To her, I say come on along!  To you, I say, thanks for making me (my reading, my blithering, and as of a few hours ago, my cooking!) part of your life.

Happy reading.

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Yummy — stuffed jalapenos

Just in time for the Super Bowl today, here’s one of our favorite new recipes for a wonderful appetizer (courtesy of Alicia Russo, one of Peter’s co-workers and a really good friend).

Seems like the right time to start a new “column” on this blog.  And I have several wonderful recipes lined up to post, maybe one a week.

I love that all the ingredients she lists are “about” — my favorite kind of measuring! (I also love that she IMed it him one line at a time.)

Couple hints though — be sure to drizzle PLENTY of honey on top — and don’t shorten the cooking time or the peppers won’t break down (and they’ll be too hot!) We’ve also substituted sausage for the nuts and bacon.



about 3 oz light cream cheese

about 1/4 – 1/3 cup blue cheese crumbles

about 1/4 cup to 1/3 cup chopped walnuts

1 piece of bacon cooked and crumbled

combine all of the above

that is enough for about 8-9 peppers

cut peppers in half and remove seeds

Don’t touch your face or eyes(!)

fill with cheese mixture


drizzle honey over cheese mixture

bake at around 400 or so for 20-30 minutes, until nicely browned

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