Sicilian Caponata

This year’s hot and dry weather has caused the garden to explode earlier than it usually does. When I returned from picking everything that was ripe, I realized that I had all the ingredients for caponata. Caponata is a Sicilian dish similar to the Provençal dish ratatouille which also features eggplant and tomatoes as the […]

Arches National Park

The sun beats down and the orange formations stand there defiant. It’s hot and dry, and at first one may think it’s all just a pile of rocks. But take a closer look and there is more to discover. While Arches is best known for the natural arches found there (hence the name), I think […]

Monument Valley

Monument Valley on the Navajo Nation Reservation is what many consider to be quintessential America. The road that leads into the sunset will also lead you to your dreams of freedom. Called Tse’Bii’Ndzisgaii or, loosely translated, the place where streaks go around in the rocks, in the Navajo language, this is one of the most […]

Antelope Slot Canyons

I clearly remember seeing a photo of Antelope Canyon the first time. It was that first time it appeared in the National Geographic magazine, and I was blown away. How was it possible that the shapes of the rocks and the colors flowed together, formed flames, looked so strong and soft at the same time? […]