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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Angel Food Cake with Strawberry Rhubarb Sauce

Angel Food Cake with Strawberry Rhubarb

There isn’t any rhubarb in California. At least, none that I could find in Los Angeles in June. In Maine, this time of year, you literally can’t give rhubarb away. You can, but it will come back to you threefold. Sometimes you find it under your pillow; when someone shakes your hand you walk away… 

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Caponata (Sicilian Eggplant Relish)


Why do we read and write memoir and fill in the branches of our family tree? By studying geneology we expect to gain insight into our brains, our behavior and choices and personality. Is there a history of madness we can seek to avoid, or a tendency for greatness to strive after? Most of us… 

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Impromptu Party Planning with Dixie Ultra Moments®

Dixie Ultra Moments

I am crazy about Christmas and Halloween, and love planning parties for birthdays and other special occasions, but I started to realize recently how much it is the little, fleeting moments I will remember when I am old and gray. The baby climbing into our bed first thing in the morning, pulling covers up over… 

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How to Build a Chicago-Style Hot Dog

How to Make Chicago Style Hot Dogs

In Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, as in every true 80′s movie, all of the adults are morons. Edward Rooney, school principal, is a classic obtuse clown, groveling, crawling on the ground, and getting bit in the ass by a dog for our amusement. He is perpetually fooled by the charismatic hero, but has enough temerity to… 

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