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Mind Games: Bisquick pancakes, Brown sugar syrup

Mind Games, John Lennon   When I was a kid, my dad made pancakes on Sunday morning. He used Bisquick and two cast iron skillets—no blueberry faces, no chocolate chips, no banana smiles. There would be margarine and brown sugar … Continue reading

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Harvest: Tomato jam, Plum Chutney, Plum Streusel Tart

“Want some plums?”—the brief text from my sister was music to my ears. An abundance of plums (or “plummage” as she so aptly put it) meant plum chutney, plum jam, roasted plums, dried plums, or if I’m feeling flush with … Continue reading

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Celebrate friends: Roasted Red Kuri squash soup

We zipped home from Claire and Vinny’s wedding through Northern California, days ahead of the forest fires that shut down the I-5 around Redding. Expecting heavy Labor Day traffic and fearing Burning Man overflow, we instead found empty roads and … Continue reading

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Claire and Vinny Till Infinity

The sun rose on a sunny, August morning, as a vague bluish haze settled over the Sierra Nevadas—a perfect day for a wedding. The bridal couple dressed separately, each tended to by close friends and family. Claire perched patiently on … Continue reading

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Living the good life: Lemon Panna Cotta

The Sweetie walks along Pacific Beach, I sit above on the palisades—our old Sunday morning routine. Cliffs crowded at 10:00, I join a French-speaking couple on their concrete banquette under a spiky patch of palm-tree shade.  Below on the white … Continue reading

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Seeds, Sprouts, and Steak: Red Snapper Cozumel, French Onion Soup

I took considerable license in the telling of this story. Some (but not all) names have been changed, a few facts may have been exaggerated, several important dates might be wrong, and all memories have faded, but no animals were … Continue reading

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RIP Tommy Allen: 9/21/1947-6/17/2018

Take a listen to Stan Getz by clicking on the post title. You’ll be directed to the blog’s website where YouTube videos can be played.           You could easily spot Tommy at an Allen family event—he’d be the … Continue reading

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Keep Knoxville Scruffy: Beet orange salad

In a 1980 Wall Street Journal story titled, “What if you gave a World’s Fair and no one came,” journalist Susan Harrigan criticized the choice of Knoxville, Tennessee as the location for the 1982 World’s Fair, dismissing it as a … Continue reading

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Oh, the places she’ll go: Pound Cake

“You’re off to Great Places Today is your day The Mountain is waiting So…get on your way!” Dr. Suess, Oh, the Places You’ll Go She talked in sentences at eleven months and ran before she walked. Born with a beautiful … Continue reading

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Too easy? Southwestern Chipotle Macaroni Salad

I didn’t have a clothes dryer until my son was born. My daughter, the first born, wore diapers that swished around in a washer on the back porch until I decided they were clean enough, put them through the wringer, … Continue reading

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