Family time!

I’m back in the South. It feels good to be here. I mean, it’s humid, and I’m freaking out over the lack of reception (or internet), but the people here are always welcoming, and the scenery is familiar. Plus, I miss my family–I really don’t visit often enough. That’s my niece (and that’s her with […]

Goodbye, Fresno.

It’s lunchtime. I’m hungover. And I’m in the backseat of a Bay-bound car, listening to a road mix that includes Ke$sha and Elton John. This is how my journey begins. Rather, that’s how it began—that was Thursday. I’m now sitting in the San Jose airport, waiting on the next flight to New Orleans. For the next four weeks […]

Of backyards and summer gatherings:

Another crawfish post? Yep—but this one’s more about the excuse to eat them. See, each year about this time, I start day dreaming about crawfish boils. They were common throughout my childhood in Louisiana, but the last one I attended was organized in honor of my little brother’s graduation; then, our family shipped 120 pounds […]

Southern Comfort: Crawfish Étouffée (with a recipe for crawfish stock)

Warning: if this post feels a bit disjointed, it’s because I started writing it almost a month ago. The leftovers are long gone, but the thoughts, and the sense of comfort, remain. — I’ve often joked that I’m going to write a book titled How to Burn Out by 30. I have at least three chapters […]