Category Archives: cooking

Beating the frost: the last harvest

green tomato sunomono fried green tomatoes relish, salsa, and chutney some will even make it as red for Thanksgiving (once two made it to New Year’s) stretching and savoring the harvest as far as we can

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Welcome and intimate nourishment

Last night, as I walked from the garage toward the house after having been at school past 5:00 taking part in an intense union meeting, I was warmed by the sight of the softly lit back porch. The back door … Continue reading

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Mmmm…the guys make dinner

IB and JB made an awesome dinner tonight. Marinated tofu, squash soup, veggies from the garden, cheeses, and a cooler made from dried ginger that was boiled into a ginger tea mixed with limeade, black tea and a little white … Continue reading

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Real Father’s Day Pancakes

JB’s father was an expert pancake and omelette maker when JB was growing up. We have used his recipe ever since I can remember being with JB. On weekends making pancakes and when the kids were growing up, we created … Continue reading

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Ingesting the garden

Spring Miso—made from our garden kale, garden garlic greens, and garden fiddlehead ferns with mushrooms (“hen of the woods” and bunapi), asparagus, spring onions, and sugar snap peas. Ingesting the garden, internalizing its harvest, always provides more than the daily … Continue reading

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Musings on an old wooden spoon

The spoon pictured to the left is at least 40 years old. Older than my son. Older than my relationship with JB. I purchased it when I moved into my first apartment in Chicago. It is the utensil of choice … Continue reading

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It’s winter, but it’s spring, I mean summer…..rolls

When IB was in high school we had lots of Friday night dinners with his friends. It was a great way for us to get to know who his friends were at a time in his life when sharing anything … Continue reading

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Eating and drinking at the same time

What a better way to celebrate the solstice and the first days of winter than by embracing the cold and ice, the ices that is. Inspired by a friend who went deliciously crazy over making all sorts of ice cream … Continue reading

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Not all beans are created equal

As part of the 8th grade’s trip to DC each spring, we go to Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s home. It is my favorite part of the trip. His vital creativity and inventive genius is manifested in every aspect of the house, … Continue reading

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Onions by William Matthews

How easily happiness begins by dicing onions. A lump of sweet butter slithers and swirls across the floor of the sauté pan, especially if its errant path crosses a tiny slick of olive oil. Then a tumble of onions. xxx … Continue reading

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