So we wait. In the meantime, the two kitchen stools we ordered for the island came in. So we can sit in the kitchen and imagine it being finished and usable.
We saw these stools made out of old wine barrels at Syncline Winery in Lyle, WA (about an hour northeast of Portland). I like them because they are unusual and made here in America.
By happenstance, because I had no idea what it was about until I read it, I read a book this week about cooking and the comfort of good food. Rose Tremain won the Orange Prize for The Road Home, the story of an Eastern European immigrant to England who teaches himself to be a chef while working as the plongeur at a toney London restaurant.