“It’s In His Kiss” in my kitchen – and comfort zones with silkannthreades, Vickie Lester, and Gary Cooper

Gallivanta of silkannthreades writes:

Life has been a bit complicated lately. Almost, but not quite, as complicated as life for my namesake protagonist, Anne, of It’s In His Kiss by Vickie Lester.

So, like Anne, unable to find answers to many of my worries, puzzles and questions, I resorted to kitchen therapy….yesterday.

Click on the picture of Vickie’s kitchen and be whisked away to Hollywood, via It’s in His Kiss

“Anne found her comfort zone in her pajamas, sitting in her father’s kitchen watching him make dinner, which on this evening was chopped grapefruit and oranges and mango, pancakes, and sausage.”  (pg. 206)

Now, although my Dad is a great cook, being far distant from me, across the Tasman Sea, I, comfortable in my pajamas, had to make my own comfort food… banana, bran and chocolate chip muffins. Not that my Dad would have offered muffins as comfort food. He would have made a substantial roast dinner. But, hey, we do what we can. And, then, I made a feijoa and apple crumble.

via “It’s In His Kiss” in my kitchen | silkannthreades.

I’ve been thinking a lot since SilkAnnThreades posted this, about comfort, where we are comfortable, and for me—that’s the kitchen. Especially if there are pancakes involved, like these:

Drag the picture to your desktop to save the recipe, or click on it to buy my book. Nobody ever said I was SUBTLE.


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  1. May 23, 2014

    Funny, “It’s In His Kiss” is in MY kitchen, too. It just arrived according to my husband. Thanks!

    • May 23, 2014

      Woo-hoo! Fantastic and you’re welcome! If, by any chance, your book club wants to read it (if you’re in a book club) there’s a way I can join your meeting using the “hang-out” feature on Google+…

      • May 23, 2014

        I would love to be in a book club; but I’m not…

      • May 23, 2014

        I’m not either! But I’m scheduled to appear at two, been warned it can get contentious, must remember to use my pat answer to any outrageous statement, “Isn’t that fascinating?!?”

  2. May 23, 2014

    “I don’t flip ’em, I scoop ’em. I never flipped in me life, and I won’t start flipping now for nobody.” – Nora, “Christmas in Connecticut”

    • May 23, 2014

      Love, love, love that movie! Una O’Connor is perfect. Can play the theme on the piano, wanted to “be” Elizabeth Lane when I grew up! (Who knew I’d turn myself into Vickie Lester 😉 )

      • May 23, 2014

        Magoo got you in, Magoo’ll get you out! *wink* I have an internal war going on whose face I’d like to pinch more, S.Z. Sakall’s or Sydney Greenstreet’s. Being around the two of them at the same time would be divinely distracting! I’d eat cold chicken and drink chablis with either one of them any time of day or night… just no kidneys for breakfast, please!

  3. May 23, 2014

    I haven’t forgotten! I’ve set time aside for a review starting Sunday 😀

    • May 23, 2014

      You are MARVELOUS. I’m still kicking myself for publishing three weeks early…by accident!

  4. May 23, 2014

    Ms Lester, I would love to be in your kitchen, right now! If you will make the pancakes, I will bring the apron, but who will bring, or who will be, our Gary Cooper? Have fun at the book clubs. Offer pancakes as a sweetener.

    • May 24, 2014

      Hey! That’s a great idea, book club meetings with desserts! Gary Cooper…why, Mr. Lester, of course!

      • May 24, 2014

        Oh, of course. Apologies..How could I forget Mr. Lester!

  5. Heather in Arles
    May 24, 2014

    Or maybe you can make one of Gallivanta’s crumbles. I love this post – and hers too! It sounds silly but it makes me happy to see that you have such a beautiful welcoming kitchen. 🙂
    Bon Weekend Angel!

      • Heather in Arles
        May 24, 2014

        Whoa!! How I loves me a before and after! ;à Especially one of such fantabulous proportions. The quartz looks great and I loved the garage sale art too. More please! I love everything that I have seen of your home. And environment perfect for cocooning – not an easy feat to pull of in the environment of sunny LA…
        I am assuming I will have email – if not all of the time than at least when I can hightail myself to Panera. This is the first time that I am visiting since my Mom moved so I am still not super sure what the set up is. I have prepared the photos for a bunch of posts that I still need to write so I hope so! Plus, there are certain persons all over this big ol’Earth that I like to stay in contact with no matter where I may roam…

      • May 24, 2014

        Next time you come cocoon here! And please send me an email when you get to Mom’s.

      • Heather in Arles
        May 25, 2014

        Do you know that if I had used my precious few remaining points (which will go to my Mom’s wedding in September) for this trip I would have done a Paris-LA-Detroit? It’s all the same in the points world and I would be one happy girl to meet you and the other Cali friends that I haven’t met yet!

  6. May 24, 2014

    Mmm! I’ve been looking for a cornmeal pancake recipe. Who knew the answer was with Gary Cooper?

    In fact, they look so good I might make these for dinner tonight.

  7. June 1, 2014

    We had these pancakes for breakfast this morning, and they were DEE-LISH! That Mrs. Cooper really knew what she was doing.

  8. November 23, 2014

    I liked Gary Cooper so much better when he grew out of his goth eyeliner and lipstick phase…

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