Category Archives: Recipes

The perfect summer’s day: Tomato jam, Indiana succotash

The sun sparkled on the waters of Eld Inlet, a soft tropical breeze ruffled through the mimosa tree, hummingbirds flitted from flower to flower, and six old friends gathered in anticipation of good food and long conversations—a Sunset Magazine editor … Continue reading

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Soak up the sun: Pot roast

Sheryl Crow, Soak up the Sun Like any local living in a travelers’ destination, when San Diego was our home we generally avoided the usual things tourists do. Sea World, the zoo, side trips to Tijuana, and shopping in Old … Continue reading

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If you can’t stand the heat…Cold Tomato Noodles

Ella Fitzgerald, It’s Too Darn Hot I once read or heard that people who can’t cope when the thermometer reads over 80° suffer more than others because their capillaries are closer to the surface of their skin. I asked Dr. … Continue reading

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Good stuff: Strawberry pie

Vashon: Then and Now I’ve put away my winter clothes twice now, forgetting that a Puget Sound summer doesn’t begin until after July 4. In the process, however, I piled up four bags of “will I ever wear this again” … Continue reading

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Nature: the good, the bad, the ugly. Thai pork meatballs

Frank Zappa’s Weasels Ripped My Flesh.  As one comment said, “Frank covered many genres, even Noise,” So there we were, six old friends, conflicted with the animal-lover/gardener dilemma: after planting, watering, feeding, and coaxing fragile lettuce starts, pampering quirky peonies, … Continue reading

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Albuquerque Mothers Day: Bell pepper salsa

These are for Jane: Pony Boy, Jack Arthur and I’m a Little Teapot, Major and Melody Spellcheck and I argued over my use of Mothers instead of Mother’s, but in the end, I won because I was there. Most years I spend Mother’s … Continue reading

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The Pot Roast Principle, or Cooking like our Moms

Glenn Miller, In the Mood There’s a popular story/urban myth about a little girl/husband watching her/his mom/wife make a pot roast/ham and asking, “Why do you cut the ends off before you bake it?” “I don’t know, it’s the way … Continue reading

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Birria: Creamy Chicken Wet Burritos

Mavericks, All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down In 1980s when I worked the line at Trumps in LA (no connection to the orange guy), my shift started at 5:00 pm and ended at 1:00 am. After six hours of cooking, smelling, … Continue reading

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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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