Dear Melissa,

It’s a cold evening in Maine, though not nearly as cold as it’s been in recent weeks, and I am preparing to watch the State of the Union. My Portland pals and I have a tradition we call “Wine Time,” which we borrowed from our favorite restaurant The Blue SpoonI say borrowed because we still like to go there for Wine Time, too, but on the days like your Monday when it’s raining and home is cozy, it’s nice to have an alternative.

One of the unspoken rules of Wine Time is that anything can be served as long as it’s in a dish. This means anything is fair game, from roasted parsnips to kale pesto to peanut butter cups to jelly beans. Tonight, I made a favorite dip that involves whipping cream cheese, horseradish, garlic and dill in the food processor and adding a dash of lemon juice.


It would go so well with tea, but there’s something to be said for a glass of wine after a long day of work.

Miss you and love that there’s a new floristeria. Have you been to the one on the corner of Urgell and Aragó? They always have good herbs!

Hope you are sleeping soundly six hours ahead of me.



Melissa Leighty