making mischief with linda ashman

#5 in the Poetry Potluck Series, celebrating National Poetry Month 2012

To behold her sweet, angelic countenance, it’s hard to imagine this author could be capable of such naughtiness. But I suppose it’s further testament of Linda Ashman’s brilliance that she was capable of creating the nastiest, most obnoxious brats in the history of alphabet books. Just one more reason to love love love the work of one of my favorite children’s authors working today.

You may wish to keep a safe distance from the “guest” Linda has brought along to the Potluck. Catastrophic Coco has stepped out of the pages of Linda’s cautionary collection of miscreants, M is for Mischief : An A to Z of Naughty Children (Dutton, 2008), which as some of you may remember, I was brave enough to review here.

Though I’m a little nervous at having Coco in my kitchen, I admit to finding her oddly irresistible, as I do the other 25 characters in the book, which is an unforgettable feast of alphabetical disorder. While Coco’s busy cooking up chaos, I’m going to fill up on Linda’s tempting dish.

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a trio of summer salads

Hey, who invited the ants?

Is it hot enough for you?

Now that we are well into the dog days of August, all I can think about is staying cool. Lots of lemonade, iced tea, fresh fruit, slushies and sorbet. We’ve been amusing ourselves with indoor picnics, enjoying our modest spoils in the comfort of air conditioning.

Summertime is salad time. We love them for lunch and dinner, and it’s nice that with just the two of us, one recipe will last several days. This past weekend we made three favorites: Fierce Bad Rabbit’s Carrot Raisin Salad, Sonoma Chicken Salad, and Pasta Salad with Creamy Pesto Sauce. Continue reading