Category Archives: Family and friends

Rent Control?: Sound Food clam chowder

When I moved to Vashon in 1971, Ginny found me a waterfront cabin on Klahanie Beach that rented for $75 a month. Granted, getting there required hiking down a steep, quarter-mile path from the road—pitch dark at night and treacherous … Continue reading

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Green: Chile verde with white beans

  In 1982, when the Sweetie and I moved from rainy-day Vashon to semi-arid Los Angeles, we were amazed by the abundance of green, manicured lawns in front yards and the popularity of full, azure-blue swimming pools in back yards. … Continue reading

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Hard Work: Vinegar chicken, Pot roast

John Handy, Hard Work I made pizza for dinner the other night. There was pizza fallout from one end of the kitchen to the other—flour, semolina, caramelized onion/mushroom, pepperoni slices, tomato sauce, shreds of cheese, a floured rolling pin, parchment … Continue reading

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Food fight: Waffles

These days, everyone is cooking—not so much for the sheer joy of it, but because, other than take-out, they are the chosen feeder of the family. Wish I had what it takes to bake bread. I had a grilled cheese … Continue reading

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Paths to Fitness: Peanut butter cookies

If we’re lucky, the loss of an old favorite leads to a new delight. Take tubs of Marantha crunchy peanut butter at Costco, for example. First we assumed they had moved it again, then we desperately searched, then we asked—only … Continue reading

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What day is it?: Smokey Chicken and Green Onion Quesadillas

Chicago, Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? I was hanging out the sheets the other day when I realized that it wasn’t Saturday, I was a day early. Before the lockdown, I knew it was Saturday because I … Continue reading

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Taking Sides: Thai panang curry with salmon and red yams

Nature Boy, Nat King Cole We tend to choose sides when it comes to nature: baby hippo over crocodile, chipmunk over hawk, fiddlehead fern over blackberry, round and furry over slick and scaly. When I’m standing on the edge of … Continue reading

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Dueling normals: Braised pork shoulder

As I get older, I continue to learn that things change. Children grow up and begin new lives, babies are born, loved ones die, body parts ache, energy dwindles, and relationships grow richer. What I didn’t count on is the … Continue reading

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Girls’ softball: Sioux City Coney Island dogs

I grew up with sports as background. Every summer weekend, Daddy would turn on the console radio and listen to Dizzy Dean call a Yankees game—in the fall, it was a football game, in the winter, it was boxing. So … Continue reading

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Notes from the hunker bunker: Strawberry Jello Pretzel Salad

Rest in peace, Bill Withers. If I were another kind of person, I would miss the whirl of my social life—but there never was much of a whirl. I do miss seeing my swim lane friends, chatting with Judy, swimming … Continue reading

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