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“Today, I Shall Blush Pink”

I recently got the news that I shouldn’t drink much alcohol. You see, it makes me rather red faced. See? This was me and my boyfriend Francoise in Arles, France after the September “Feria du Riz.” Okay, his name wasn’t Francoise. Okay, he wasn’t my boyfriend. He was just a jolly French man who wanted to teach an American girl about Pastis. But like I was saying, the Feria du […]

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“How to Render Duck Fat & Other Important Matters”

I rendered some duck fat and wanted to tell you all about the glorious experience. I plan on using it in all of my recipes, from pie crusts to steaks to milkshakes. Just kidding. Sort of. I made the rendered duck fat and have step-by-step instructions over at my “second home“… I just had too many boxes and filing cabinets and needed to spread out a bit. It’s much more […]

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“Things I’m Thinking of Giving the IRS Instead of Money”

Two wild stallions. Or domesticated. Whichever I can find first. A transexual rooster. With army tags. And one good eye. A hearty piece of honeycomb straight from our beehives which will last forever. It truly will, honey is the only food that never goes bad. Now can you really say that about money? Honey is better than money. Oh, I crack myself up. Badly baked scones. Kind of reminiscent of […]

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“Guess Who This Is?”

I’ll give you three clues… 1. She still lives in the same house. 2. She was five years old here. 3. I want a bike like that. Okay, that’s not a clue but I just wanted to make that public in case someone has one they’re looking to get rid of. I never said I was good at giving clues. Update 5pm: Okay, in case you’re a visual person here’s […]

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“The Dinner Files: My Skillet & Me”

This is what I ate for dinner last night. I ate both of those with my bare hands straight out of the skillet. Then someone walked in on me with a drumstick in each hand and adobe pepper sauce all over my face. And they shook their head in disappointment and kept walking. Just kidding. That would have been fun though. But do you know what I liked most about […]

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“Wood Piles, Worms and Chicken Debates”

I like a good wood pile. It reminds me of what is to come… namely the smell of burning wood in cold air for months on end. I don’t know of a better smell. Wood burning in cold air is my favorite. Second only to wood burning in warm air. Getting the wood to appear as a nice overflowing lump on the ground is another matter. It requires two days […]

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“Deer Hunting VIII: Whiskey in a Deer Stand”

I thought it would be appropriate to conclude my Delta Deer Hunt series with one of the more amusing bits from the weekend. When you get a few good guitar players in the room, and pair them with a few people who can wax philosophically on just about any topic, good things start to happen–good and highlyentertaining things. Now I don’t want to embarrass them, so I’m going to give […]

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“Root Soup & Polenta”

Because she loves you, Grandma Pellegrini made you a Valentines soup. She even put hearts in it. It’s a work of art. And because he loves you, Gordon snapped some photos of it. And because I love you, well… I’m just writing to tell you about it. I can’t take any credit. I can just share. This is a root soup, colored with red beets. It is delicious, I have […]

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“How to Preserve Meyer Lemons”

I’m taking matters into my own hands. After yesterday’s post, no one asked for a lesson in preserving their fruit. I’m deeply hurt. Just kidding. I’m going to teach you anyway. Because I love you. Even if you don’t love me. That’s just the way it is. I saved this pickle jar. I’m so glad I did. Because it turned out to be a very useful preserving jar and I […]

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“Things That Make Me Cry”

Today, I am making a global appeal. Well, maybe a tropical climate appeal. Really just a citrus fruit climate appeal. Now I’m an east coast girl. Born and raised. I have nothing California in me, I’m way too type-A for the west coast way. And way too fair. BUT. I do envy one thing. One very large, important, magnificent thing. You people over on this coast can grow things that […]

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