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Elegance revisited: Chicken salad

Uptown Girl, Billy Joel Today’s trip in the wayback machine begins with threadbare pillow covers—those zippered cases used to keep pokey, stabby feather ends inside your bed pillow—resulting in a trip to Macy’s. Plenty of parking, empty store aisles, no … Continue reading

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Street food: Carnitas

Tuba Skinny, Jubilee Stomp We seldom eat in restaurants—it’s expensive, it’s unreliable, and it’s just too much trouble. Anyways, I always felt more comfortable in the back, behind the swinging kitchen doors, with the loud music, cursing chefs, plastic 7-11 … Continue reading

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Everyone’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day: Glazed corned beef and cabbage

  Oh Danny Boy The first chef I worked for in LA was a tall, handsome, Irish lad with a wicked tongue, a quick wit, and a hot temper. In the 80s, when the Sweetie and I moved to Los … Continue reading

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Somebody to Love: Orange date muffins, Sesame chicken

 Queen, Somebody to Love Last year when the lodge pool was closed for repairs, I rode the exercise bike at 9:00 am and listened to a local AM radio station broadcast its commercial-free “Nine at Nine” segment. Every day the disc jockey featured … Continue reading

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Oh, the weather outside is frightful: Arroz con pollo

Weather Report, Birdland   Northwestern Washington gets no respect when it comes to weather—the assumption is that it just rains all the time. In Houston, Atlanta, Tallahassee, and Phoenix, they snicker when they hear that our Cooling Centers open during … Continue reading

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Six more weeks: Texas-style beef and pork chili

Listen to Badfinger’s Day After Day and Sonny and Cher’s I Got You Babe Who knew? According to Apple News, along with the famous Punxsutawney Phil, two other groundhogs have the power to doom us to six more weeks of winter: New York’s Staten … Continue reading

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Shopping cart shame: Kung Pao Chicken

In celebration of a perfectly good day or to chase away those ten-grey-days-in-a-row blues, here’s John Phillips Sousa. Thanks, Ginny. (Don’t know how those musicians can avoid the urge to march around!) Last time we were at Costco, I watched … Continue reading

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Polio and the pandemic: Braised Pork Shoulder

One of my favorite ‘50s singers, Patsy Cline. In the early 1950s Midwest, along with lazy days, ice cream trucks, and DDT spraying, summer brought the ominous threat of polio. The specter of “infantile paralysis” showed up every summer, terrifying … Continue reading

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2020, a look back: Thai noodle soup

Listen to Ella Fitzgerald singing New Year’s Eve by clicking on the post title. In January 2020, we worried about our traveling friends and the brushfires near Sydney, Australia, growing tensions between the U.S. and Iran, Britain’s upcoming Brexit, and … Continue reading

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Ghosts of Christmas past: Pumpkin chiffon pie

We’re on our second artificial Christmas tree. Our first one came from the Hillcrest Ace Hardware in San Diego and twinkled every Christmas for twenty years. But last year, expecting the usual, I opened the long tree box, found the … Continue reading

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