Daisy Bateman

Goats ‘n’ Honey

Is there anyone who doesn’t like the Trader Joe’s Fearless Flyer? It’s so counter-intuitive. I mean, when you think about supermarket flyers it’s all big pictures and bright colors; sale prices in 32-point font and no concepts more complicated than “pork butt.” But none of that for TJ’s. No, they put out a multipage, two-color … Read more

Consumed Tomatoes

One thing about growing tomatoes; at some point you’re going to get to eat them. Even, apparently, if you make as many mistakes as I have. Which is a comfort, really. It gives me hope that even at my core level of competency I can grow food that I can eat. Given, of course, easy … Read more

Bouchercon and Done

You want to make a bad business decision? Try hosting a convention of writers in your hotel and closing the bar at midnight. That should do it. Last weekend Bouchercon, the World Mystery Convention, was held in San Francisco and, aside from the management’s lack of vision with regards to beverage profits, it was an … Read more

Strawberry Fields for Breakfast

If you ever find yourself driving on 101 north of Hopland, and you have a minute to spare, I highly recommend that you stop at the Saechao farm stand (on the left side if you’re heading North, on the right if you’re going South*) and buy some strawberries. They are not supermarket pretty, but they are … Read more