Tuesday, December 15, 2015


Well, as all of you know, I have written a memoir/cookbook that was rejected by a local publisher.  While looking for another publisher what do I do?  I write!

I have been asked by a local author to participate in a reading on December 21st at the Boardman, Ohio, Barnes & Noble Bookstore from 6 to 8 pm.  The link for "Celebrating Short Fiction" is: http://tinyurl.com/CSFD2015.

Hope to see you there!

Sunday, December 13, 2015


Well, I am just back from an 11 day cruise on the Equinox of Celebrity Cruises of the Western Caribbean!  Needless to say of all the excursions we took, I had to take a cooking class in Cozumel, Mexico.

It was a far cry from the usual Eastern European foods that I blog about but just as delicious in different ways.  Our menu was:

Appetizer:  Masa pancake with shrimp in tomato/tamarind sauce.
Main Course:  Pan seared grouper with sautéed vegetables & tequila
Dessert:  Fried plantains with chocolate sauce

I will be posting the recipes as soon as I unpack.  Our chef was a Ricky Ricardo (for those of you old enough to remember who he was! Hint:  He was Lucy's husband.) look alike and he was just as happy! He made the class entertaining as well as delicious.  I learned a few kitchen tips from him too which I am sure I will remember - - once I get all those magaritas out of my bloodstream!

There is also exciting news on the employment scene - - I think.  More about that once it is confirmed tomorrow.

So muchachos, until tomorrow! (I may have the recipes by then! LOL!)

Thursday, November 19, 2015


Being a blogger is no easy task when you are as busy as I am!  No excuse, you say?  I must agree!  Just because my book got kicked to the curb, it is no reason to give up on it!

My writing life continues with monthly meetings with my critique group in Akron, working on a novel, polishing Melting Pot Memories and now GIVING READINGS!   I have been asked to participate in a short fiction reading at the Barnes & Noble store in Boardman, Ohio on December 21st, 2015 from 6 to 8 pm.  Please come and see me! 

Since this is short fiction, I am reading a short story NOT from Melting Pot.  I look forward to seeing you there and PROMISE TO DO BETTER WITH THIS BLOG!

Monday, February 23, 2015


Apologies to those of you who follow this blog. I'm afraid I lost interest when the contract, I was offered from the University of Akron press was withdrawn. I made the mistake of putting all my hopes for the publication of my book on the promises made by that press. But it's a New Year and I'm determined to find a home for my book, even if it means self-publishing.

That being said, we here  in northeastern Ohio subzero temperatures for weeks now  (Not as much as the people in Boston!),  and it's getting pretty old!

I've been involved in a number of projects since I last posted. One of the most fun was The Cookie Table & Cocktail event  at the Tyler Mahoning  Valley  Historical  Center.  This event  brings some of the most talented bakers  in the area  to compete  in categories  like " Most Unexpected Ingredient," "Best Traditional Cookie," " Best Decorated  Cookie,"  and many more.

 I was lucky enough  to be named Cookie  Contest  Coordinator which put me in touch with the wonderful women and men  who do such a beautiful job as homemakers.   I enjoyed meeting them, receiving their cookies for judging  and, of course,  tasting  their cookies!  For photographs of this amazing array of cookies, .you can follow the link  on my blog for the Tyler History Center.