Category Archives: Recipes

Moving toward the light: Braised short ribs

Ignore the grey skies, never mind the cold stream of rain that finds your bare neck, go ahead and order those lettuce seeds—we are definitely leaning toward the light. It’s been a month now since the winter solstice, there are signs … Continue reading

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Adventures: 2005, 2020

Roberto Griego Arriba, Musica Nuevo Mexico Fifteen years ago, the Sweetie and I took a long, circular drive from Eugene to San Diego, Tucson, El Paso, San Antonio, New Orleans, Savannah, Myrtle Beach; then turned left and went home through … Continue reading

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Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas: Sugar Cookies

Hal Kemp, A Boy, A Girl, A Lamplight There must be a lobe of my brain dedicated to song lyrics. I may not remember where I parked the car at Costco, but I know all four verses of Joy to the … Continue reading

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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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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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