Category Archives: Recipes

Shelter: Ranger cookies

If I were a different kind of person, I would have us listen to You’ll Never Walk Alone, but instead, here’s the Rolling Stones and Gimme Shelter. Shelter sounds so much more pleasant than confine. Shelter evokes a cozy fire, at least … Continue reading

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Hunker down: Biscuits

Stevie Wonder, Love’s In Need Of Love Today I’m not much of a baker—takes more discipline that I am usually able to muster. That said, when I wanted to make Irish soda bread to eat with corned beef and cabbage but … Continue reading

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Customer Service: Oxymoron? Curried red lentils with sweet potato and spinach

Sade, Smooth Operator Not long ago I ranted about my inability to open almost any new purchase, from eyedrops to garden snippers, without drawing blood. Today’s rant is about customer service. To begin with, I think ad men should come … Continue reading

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Sound Food, the beginning: Chocolate Mousse Pie

Crosby, Stills, Nash, Teach Your Children A girl can always use a little money of her own. It was 1973, I was bored, new to Vashon, and wanted a job. Choices were slim—my previous work history consisted of picking currants for … Continue reading

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Moving toward the light: Braised short ribs

Ignore the grey skies, never mind the cold stream of rain that trickles down 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 … 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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