Monthly Archives: September 2015

California Dreamin’

  Annette Funicello, Troy Donahue, and Gidget starred in my teenage dream of California. In 1959, my junior year of high school, Judy Nelson (blonde, Prom queen cheerleader with the perfect bangs) moved with her family from South Sioux City, … Continue reading

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Brunch, biscuits, and batchelors: Isles’ biscuits, Pimento cheese

  Portland is mad for brunch. What could be better on a Sunday morning: sunny patio, friendly servers, a posse of friends. That rosy glow, however, may include long waits and lines that creep toward those pecan waffles and buttermilk … Continue reading

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Old friends: Plum cobbler

In 1976, the Sweetie brought a 1965 Mustang, a blender, and a posse of friends with him into our relationship. In 1978 we sold the Mustang for $75 and this year I finally replaced the blender, but those friends are … Continue reading

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Hooray for Hollywood: Marinated skirt steak

Speaking of Sheldon Adelson, living in Los Angeles put the Sweetie and me in the celebrity drop-in zone. Although we never became famous or never hung out with cool movie folk—heck, we never knew anyone who lived in a house … Continue reading

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