Cool Stuff – Home & Family

Earth Day Egglings

Grandma P. and I had a recent exchange via Gmail, as we are prone to do. We like to talk about projects. And radio programs. She tells me what Arthur Schwartz and Joan Hamburg are up to in New York and I tell her what the latest title of my book is. She has much more to offer to the conversation usually, I go into a tunnel when I’m working […]

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The Buff

I really dislike shopping. It brings out the worst in me. I become cranky and fatigued within 5 minutes of entering a store. I find this is particularly the case when shopping for clothing. There are a few exceptions… but it usually involves bribing me with a muffin, or promising me that a cream puff is going to be at the center of the store we are going to. I […]

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Brown Bread

A while ago I uncovered a recipe book from my great-great grandmother. It was full of recipes for brown bread. She was mildly obsessed with it I think. Maybe it tapped into her Puritan nature and she felt satisfied by its simplicity. Then a while after that, I got the latest edition of our family recipe book in the mail, a compilation of six generations of recipes from the family […]

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A Lifetime’s Supply of Firewood

In honor of spring, there was a hurricane at Tulipwood. Massive trees that have been around since my great grandfather went down like dominoes. One hit another, which hit another, which hit another… and down they went, and up came the roots. This one was outside the kitchen door. It was extremely tall. It was one of the reasons we scrapped the whole idea of building an arbor of grapes […]

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Thin Crust Pizza & My Biggest Secret

I’ve been keeping secrets from you. Well, just one wonderful secret. This is the woman who is responsible for my love of food: She took care of me when I was young. She would pick me up from nursery school and bring me to her house and sit me at the end of her long wooden table so I could watch her cook. She cooked every day. She still does. […]

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The Road to Grandma’s House

As you know, I flew to New York at the peak of a major snow storm last week. I went from spring day to winter wonderland in six hours. All the power in my hometown was out. The snow was so heavy that massive trees were dropping branches left and right. In some cases whole trees went down in the middle of the wooded road. They took not just the […]

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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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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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