Thai Coconut Curry Corn Soup

Thai Coconut Curry Corn Soup

I could go on about the perfection of fall for another forty years, and probably I will. Fall makes you feel. Eliot is of course right about spring, specifically April, mixing memory with desire. September, conversely, combines longing with nostalgia. It’s the same sort of sensations only deeply different. All things seem possible, hopeful in the autumn…. 

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Tri-Color Penne with Creamy Ricotta (and a Poached Egg)

Pasta with Poached Eggs

Malcolm and I moved in together for the first time in the summer of 2000. We sublet a one bedroom apartment from a graduate student that was convenient to my job at the head shop and Rudy’s, our favorite neighborhood dive bar. There was a crappy pizza joint up the street, where we went every… 

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Blackened Tilapia Tacos with Red Cabbage and Avocado Crema

Blackened Tilapia Tacos

A few weekends ago, we drove down to San Diego for Comic Con, the convention of nerds, creators, vendors, cartoons, costumes, comic books, big budget superhero movies, fantastic television shows, low budget science fiction, smelly crowds, uncool guys, sex-ay girls, and Stan Lee. It was a spectacular spectacle, even outside the venue. Across from the convention center,… 

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Blackberry Jam-Filled Doughnut Bundt Cake

Blackberry Jam Filled Doughnut Bundt Cake

“Did you ever suck the jelly out of a jelly doughnut and then fill it with chocolate swirl ice cream?” Fatso, written by Anne Bancroft Nobody told me there’d be doughnuts. In addition to clusterfucktastic traffic on sprawling freeway roads connecting neighborhoods, Mexican food in vast abundance that ranges from the gloppy-melty-guacamole to the authentic sublime in small… 

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Celebrate National Relaxation Day with Tommy Bahama, a Rum Runner, and a Contest!

Rum Runner

There are days when I can only steal a few moments of relaxation, solace, peace, reflection, quiet, calm, indulgence for myself. That may mean waking up early to meditate on the floor next to our bed, or read with a cup of Earl Gray tea at the kitchen table. Sometimes it’s a car ride all alone,… 

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Cinammon-Butter Roasted Bananas on Toast with Honey

Roasted Bananas on Toast

So, toast. Toast is. The thing about toast is. The thing about toast is that it is perfectly simple and satisfying. It’s entirely good. It ushers in happy memories of sitting at the breakfast table, just you and your mom, getting looked at by her, without distraction. It’s lying on the couch kind of sick,… 

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Poached Peaches with Whipped Cream

Poached Peaches

Many years ago I worked as an assistant at a small, progressive graduate school in Milford, Connecticut. Our offices were in the upstairs of the chancellor’s house, overlooking his peach orchard. From my desk I had a clear view of the rows of trees and a great stone monolith before them. On some summer afternoons I would walk through the… 

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