Feeling adrift?

It is great fun to wake up knowing that there’s nothing you have to do, apart having from the “must dos” of everyday life—we all know we need to shop for food and go to the dentist. Family, hobbies, and volunteer jobs can take up good chunks of time. But if you fail to establish some […]

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A thought on togetherness

Not long ago, a friend, anticipating  her own and her husband’s approaching retirement, expressed excitement about the possibilities ahead: travel, spending more time with family, cooking together, golfing together. She expressed nary a qualm, however, about 24/7 togetherness. Nor, apparently, had he. Be assured that the following comment is non-pejorative: Round-the-clock togetherness, even in the most blissful marriage, […]

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Yes, we have some bananas

Although I typically wouldn’t make bread, pizza, or fresh pasta on a miserably damp winter day, nothing motivates the goodie baker in me more. This morning there were three over-ripe bananas in the fruit bowl. Much as I don’t mind them, Hubby likes his bananas firm and even a few speckles put him off. So I […]

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In the kitchen with the King

My love affair with King Arthur Flour started back in the early 80s, when a dear friend—the one who introduced me to the sublime taste and creamy texture of real Cuban-style black beans—took up bread baking. I’d been using unbleached, non-bromated flour for a decade at that point, but after Jorge raved about KAF, I […]

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Jasper and the story without words

In the great green room, there was a telephone, and a red balloon, and a picture of a cow jumping over the moon… One of my happiest memories is reading to my kids. I remember reading their favorites just as vividly as if it were yesterday. If you’re fortunate enough to have “grands” and they are […]

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You got up WHEN?

You would think, without the burden of having to get up and out the door every day, I would sleep later. Not so much. In fact, I’ve developed a habit of getting up before sunrise even when Miss Puppy doesn’t harrass me out of bed. Sleeping in general has become particularly problematic since we “gained an […]

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’Twas the season to watch Hallmark movies

Two Christmases ago, one Facebook friend advised another who was feeling glum to “go watch a Hallmark Christmas movie.” But several other FB pals joined the chorus, and I realized she was serious. I was stunned. That slurpy Hallmark Channel stuff? No way. Fast forward to summer 2016. We are deep into the divisiveness of […]

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Wow! You have a lot of cookbooks!

More than one visitor has said that over the years. It’s absolutely true that I’m obsessed with cookbooks—not with the recipes,  but with how they shape what and how you like to cook and eat, and how you think about food in general. Your food persona. At the peak of my powers, I probably had almost 200. They’ve […]

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4 AM with Miss Pup…

What’s wrong with this picture? Miss Puppy Clouseau and I have now been playing the “What is it you really want?” game for almost two hours. Miss Pup was a rescue, as all of my dogs have been. We were told she’d been abused, which may still account for some of her quirks and ticks […]

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