Category Archives: Cooking and Food

The Apocalypse Brisket

Friday was the first full day of Spring.  It was overcast and damp; unlike many of my fellow Americans, I got paid. I did the duties of the intellectual sweatshop to the best of my ability, taking occasional breaks to … Continue reading

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One of the Nicest Days of Her Life

On Sunday, November 26, 1972, Maine food writer Marjorie Standish’s column featured recipes for Ritz Cracker pizzas, broiled cheese on sesame rounds with onion salt, and Helen Robinson’s Seafood Newburg.  Who was Helen Robinson?  I don’t know, but I’ll find … Continue reading

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Tips for Holiday Peace

My friend Perry says blogs are out of fashion.  I wish I’d scribbled down his exact quote…it was something like “they’re so 2005.”  As I look out over the ever-changing digital landscape, I can see that Perry could be right. … Continue reading

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Autumn Smoke and Thunder

Yesterday was the first day of autumn.  It was also part of the “Global Week for Future,” a youth event focused on ending climate change.  During the autumn of my college years, the hot topic was apartheid.  I remember a … Continue reading

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Do You Mind Playing in Severe Cold?

I’m marking today as the day we hit “peak January” here in New England.  We are tired of hearing our furnaces run, the late December ice deposits are impervious to salt and calcium chloride, and a winter storm is sending … Continue reading

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A Donut Placeholder

It’s been a busy week here, sending shoes and clothes to be repaired before the snow flies and ripping up carpet.  Shopping for a snowblower and having lunch with a good friend.  Getting an oil change.  Working at the polls. … Continue reading

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The Lutheran Binder

A few weeks ago, on October 15, 92-year-old Dorcas Reilly died.  Never a household name in her lifetime, Reilly’s fame will live on in a simple and heartwarming recipe she created in 1955.  While working in the Campbell’s Soup test … Continue reading

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