Category Archives: Recipes

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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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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