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Elvis: Black bottom peanut butter pie

Elvis Presley, Jailhouse Rock, 1957 Elvis, Run On, 1967 Elvis, Are You Lonesome Tonight, 1977 I’ve been to three concerts in my life: the Avett Brothers in 2019, Lyle Lovett & Bonnie Raitt in 2004, and Elvis Presley in 1956. … Continue reading

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This chicken came home to roast: Mark Bittman’s roast chicken

Little Feat, Dixie Chicken When I was growing up, Sunday dinner meant a 1:00, after-church, elbows-off-the-table, no-TV, meal of roast beef, roast pork, or roast chicken, with an occasional ham. Now before you wax all nostalgic, may I add that all … Continue reading

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The joys of adult children: Carrot cake

The Avett Brothers, February Seven The Avett Brothers, No Hard Feelings I wish they lived down the block, but I’ll take what I have: two wonderful adult kids, an extraordinary daughter and son-in-law, five granddaughters, one grandson, one grand daughter-in-law, … Continue reading

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Out and about in Sacto: South Carolina Barbecue Sauce

Louie Armstrong, What a Wonderful World Routines are comforting and evolve without effort. Mornings: out the hotel door, walk to the bus stop, nod to the leaf blower wearing a neon green vest, say hi to the blue-haired school girl … Continue reading

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There is there here: Peanuts and candy corn

Aretha Franklin, Respect Gertrude Stein’s remark, “There is no there there,” about her Oakland, California hometown, has been borrowed by the Justice Department to throw out bribery charges, used by political candidates to discount their opponents, and rewritten by Madison Avenue campaigns to disparage … Continue reading

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Farmers markets: Stir-fried eggplant and peppers

In 1986, I loved going to work on Wednesdays. At 6:00 am, Dennis, City Restaurant’s night chef, would meet me at the fish counter at the Santa Monica Farmers Market. Open since 1981, the market had a reputation among Los … Continue reading

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Sacramento Shorts: Muth’s Potato Soup

The Beatles, A Day in the Life A few snippets of a day-in-the-life in Sacramento: Last weekend, we rested on a bench in the Capitol Park World Peace Rose Garden watching two wedding parties: one pink and girly with yards of … Continue reading

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Summer in the city: Breakfast room burritos

Lovin’ Spoonful, Summer in the City We’re back in Sacramento, back on the eleventh floor of the Residence Inn, back to the culinary challenge of cooking without an oven. We look out on a beautiful view, sleep in a comfortable … Continue reading

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A Christmas in Sacramento: Alton Brown’s Blueberry Buckle

If we had a dog, he would know that something’s up. The work shirts have been to the cleaners, the prescriptions have been filled, the Gramma chair in our bedroom is stacked with “don’t forgets,” I spent the morning grinding … Continue reading

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1979, 1989, 2019: Remembering

Charles Aznavour, Ne Me Quitte Pas Seems as if friend-making years occur when we are the busiest: during college, on our first jobs, when we’re young couples, or as playdate Moms. The Sweetie and I are lucky to have friends we … Continue reading

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