I’m back!

I was away for much of the summer in idyllic Dorset, England. I seem to gravitate toward France when I have a chance, in big part, of course, for the food. But after devouring a couple seasons worth of Downton Abbey, the English countryside beckoned. The food in Dorset, it turns out, is fabulous.

We nibbled on amazing local cheeses and hams at fabulous pubs like the Queen’s Arms,


ate fish and chips at the Hive Beach Café on the seashore,


and sipped on local ciders and pearies.


When we weren’t eating and drinking, we were walking:


Over rolling hills…


Over stiles…


Along the coast…


On public footpaths…


In National Trust gardens. This is Stourhead.

But we’re back now. And here’s what was waiting for us:


Tomatoes from the garden!


About cdhla

I'm a former editor at several lifestyle magazines who's been freelancing since moving from NYC to LA. I call my blog The Chipped Platter to remind us that chips are better than perfection. The platter in question, a round one made by Gien, has traveled the world with me, visited with friends and family, celebrated milestones, and offered sustenance. My cherished Chipped Platter is part of the family. (I love my chipped plates, too!) On this blog, I'll be sharing my adventures of cooking for my family and friends, venturing out into restaurants and learning tips from people I meet. Come along!
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