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My Dad Liked Welsh Cookies

I have long neglected this blog and it seems I mostly use it to talk about death anyway. How’s that for an appealing intro? Last week my dad died. He made it to 90-1/2, by far the longest-lived member of … Continue reading

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The Orphan Food Challenge

I love snow day cooking. I love the way the oven heats up our chilly house and the complete lack of guilt I feel over putterring in the kitchen on a weekday afternoon during which I would normally be in … Continue reading

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Christmas in June

Full disclosure: this ish is lengthy. If you’re interested in the food, redirect your browser after the kimchi. If you are interested in the frantic musings of an intellectually-starved middle-aged lady, God bless your bravery. You may want to consider … Continue reading

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Cellar Shopping: Chateau Gabaron Bordeaux & von Hovel Riesling Spatlese

I have made some very ugly food lately to accompany some very beautiful wine. What can I say? I seek the paradox. First up, as I stated last time, I felt compelled to let my cellar shopping lead me to a … Continue reading

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A Christmas Carol

On December 24, 1933 in Brooklyn, New York, Carol Larsen made her way into this world. I didn’t meet her until about sixty-five years later because she happened to be the mother of my dearest friend Anastasia, but I can guarantee … Continue reading

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Back to the Box

Note: I meant to post this last week, but got sidetracked by Chet’s medical situation. Many, many thanks to all of you who sent best wishes and cat prayers. I hope to give a positive progress report soon!   The … Continue reading

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Knish-ish

Full disclosure: I grew up in a big Irish/Welsh/Catholic/Protestant family, emphasis on Irish and Catholic. These four descriptors—and ensuing emphasis—mean that, growing up, I (almost) never received a nutritionally-sound, much less delicious, meal. I include the parentheses because sometimes a … Continue reading

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New Playlist: Scotland on My Mind

I intended for the music in this morning’s spin class to pay homage to the incredibly kick-ass happenings in Scotland (“yes” or “no,” it was just thrilling to watch the process; this is how grown-ups do government). I’ve got cuts … Continue reading

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Eating Out of the Box: A Non-Meh Tartine

There comes a time each season, generally quite close to the end, where I lose focus and motivation—where “meh” becomes my modus operandi. It stems, I am sure, from my own disappointment that I haven’t worked hard enough or smart enough … Continue reading

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Next Year’s Words Await Another Voice

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language And next year’s words await another voice.”      ― T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets* The spousal unit had a birthday this week. A big one, if you know what I mean. One with a zero. … Continue reading

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