The Holidays are here and this year, I’m way behind with my usual preparations, so this card is going out late … but there will be Braciole, gnocchi, a Renaissance Torte Grande and a nice Tuscan for Christmas Eve ... with some Stevan Pasero in the background … Merry Christmas.



Its Christmas in the Low Country. Clear cold nights with shadows from moss-draped oak covering the ground cast by a bright, cloudless star-filled sky. The smell of wood smoke that gently drifts over the brown Spartina grass that lines the tidal creeks and surrounds the islands. On evening dog walks, the silence is broken only by the crunch of the long dry, long fallen Autumn leaves under foot and the occasional distant bark from a startled fox or the call of a single great owl. Inside; stockings are hung and presents are under the trimmed tree – in the background, Tom Waits plays a 1935 Gershwin tune, grinding out the beautiful DuBose Heyward lyrics with his gravely tones …. Merry Christmas




Twenty-some dogs, 2 Santas, multiple “dog wranglers”, 1 assistant, 15 squeak-toys, tons of biscuits and no doubt, a flea or two, but all for a great rescue organization, Charleston Animal Society - Merry Christmas










Christmas hang tag 2003