Blue Cayenne will be two years old in October.
Over those (almost) two years, Marion Sutton has been one of Blue Cayenne’s (and my) most supportive friends.
I met Marion in one of Nami Aoyagi’s amazing Digital Media Arts classes at The Huntington Beach Adult School. As our friendship grew, we found time to explore our mutual interests in food and photography. We took photography junkets together. We lunched. We shared recipes. We learned how to bake creme brulee together at a Sur La Table class. We supported each other during tough personal times. Seldom in my life have I known anyone with Marion’s joie de vivre, talent in the kitchen, inner strength… or with such extraordinary cookie recipes. (I still remember the moment when I first tasted one of Marion’s cookies– transcendent cookies laced with oatmeal and nuts and some magical ingredient that I’m sure I will forever chase in my cooking quests–as we bounced around in the backseat of photographer William Hartshorn’s SUV on our way to photograph hot air balloons in Temecula.)
These days, Marion and her beloved dog Sushi “summer” at the family compound on a beautiful lake in Michigan where her family has gathered for decades. This summer she has been Blue Cayenne’s special correspondent in Michigan–exchanging any number of messages with me about the dishes she has cooked from this site. From the plum tart recipe to the savory butternut squash bread pudding, Marion has cooked Blue Cayenne for her family. And, from what I can make out, life (and food) at the compound has been very good.
Fortunately, Marion is an excellent photographer, too. Her beautiful photographs allow us to capture a bit of the magic of an unhurried summer on a beautiful lake in Michigan.
Love you, Marion. Wishing you many more recipes and cooking experiences. Enjoy your summer in paradise. Send cookies!