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I'm interested in humor contests, the Washington Redskins, the Boston Red Sox, the Washington Nationals, University of New Hampshire hockey and football, and Ohio State University football and hockey -- and, of course, moose.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Our Crepe Experience

We spent the last full day of our recent cruise in Cannes and Antibes. We walked through the streets of Cannes, looking at the old city and the very fancy new shops. Perhaps our favorite stop was at this crepe stand by the boat harbor. My wife had a crepe made with lemon juice and sugar. I had one made with Grand Marnier and sugar. Life rarely gets better.

The crepe stand

The folks in front of us, ordering

Making our crepes (the brown jar is Nutella)



Crepe magnifique

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Tuesday, April 01, 2014

A Proper Scone

This is a proper scone, not those 300-pound triangles with icing that are sold at Starbucks!

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Congee For Breakfast

For breakfast today, I made congee with smoked pork, chopped collards, poached egg, and furikake.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Fortify That Breakfast!

We had takeout Japanese food last night. What to do with the leftover rice and miso soup? In Japan, they often have these for breakfast with some fish. No fish in the house, so I popped in a beaten egg and made the soup into an egg drop miso soup. I jazzed up the rice with furikake topping. Can't forget dairy and fruit, which explains the blueberries topped with Greek yogurt (and mountain honey). Coffee is a must.

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

What'd You Have For Breakfast?

I had an oeuf en cocotte with za'atar and tomato paste, accompanied by onion rye toast soldiers. My side was Greek yogurt with blueberries. Coffee, of course, to drink.

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

A Week's Difference

This is where I was last week.

This is where I am now.

Metaphysically and physically, why am I here?

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Saturday, February 01, 2014

Super Bowl Chili

My recipe for chili usually is a recipe for Kentucky pool hall chili buns that I read in Esquire magazine many years ago. See below.

My friends like this looser no-beans less-tomatoey chili. For tomorrow's Super Bowl party at Harry and Barbara's house, I decided to shake it up a bit. I made a similar chili recipe from Hilah Cooking. Hilah's recipe is intended usually to be a topping for chili dogs. I thickened it up a bit by using a coarse ground beef, instead of a fine-grind hamburger ground beef.

Here it is cooking.

The Super Bowl is tomorrow, so I iced the chili down. It'll sit, covered, in the refrigerator overnight, letting the flavors mingle. Tomorrow, we'll heat the chili in the slow cooker and bring it over to Harry and Barbara's house with some chopped onion, grated Mexican cheese, and a jar of pickled jalapeƱo slices. Here it is cooked and chilling.

Enjoy the game!

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Saturday, January 11, 2014


I made socca (chickpea flour flatbread) in my 12" cast iron plan today using the Hilah Cooking recipe as the starting point.

This was for our neighborhood card group. My changes were to add Meyer lemon olive oil, lemon zest, and za'atar to the batter instead of the herbs suggested. For a topping, I used a sprinkling of more za'atar and feta.

Dry Ingredients



Cut For Serving

Garnished With Parsley

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Thursday, January 02, 2014

It's for Lunch

Smoked trout on buttered sourdough bread with grape tomatoes and a cup of oolong tea.

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Monday, December 30, 2013

Tacos for Lunch

Lunch of fried plantains, beans & rice, duck carnitas taco, and pork al pastor taco; plus a Mexican Coke.

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