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With love to Movie Yelling and If X Were Your Y.     MARK: THEY ARE SHUTTING DOWN THE TOAST ON JULY ONE AND I AM STILL NOT ON IT THIS IS TERRIBLE BOB: buy a toaster? I’m confused MARK: The Toast? Mallory Ortberg and the Nicoles? Don’t play dumb, you know what I’m talking about. […]


Let me Remind you of the scene:  My life partner Matt and I love food.  We love making it, talking about it, eating it, and then talking about it some more.  But he has some health issues, and it’s been worse recently.  Until recently, he’s been on TPN and couldn’t have anything more than clear liquids. But […]


Let me set the scene:  My life partner Matt and I love food.  We love making it, talking about it, eating it, and then talking about it some more.  But he has some health issues, and it’s been worse recently.  At the moment, he’s on TPN and can’t have anything more than clear liquids. But this […]


Apparently I don’t fly terribly well anymore.  My ears don’t appreciate the altitude/pressure change that happens on the Mass Pike from Boston to Northampton (a change so minor that most people don’t know there IS a change), so this is always predictable, but this flight was worse than usual, despite having the “flitemates” in (they […]


Ten years ago, I was seventeen.  I had broken up with him, but he was still the center of my life– he was in every high school club I was in, and he drove me to school every morning.  We went to school one weekend for an Academic Decathlon meeting, and then we went back […]


Overwhelmed?

01Jan14

I have a history of scoffing at people who have been overwhelmed by the internet.  Some of which I still think is justified, but some is probably at the very least uncharitable. But it’s always seemed obvious to me– you figure out what you want to get out of “the internet”, what sort of time […]


Food 101- Pasta

21Feb12

Food 101 is a series for my generally smart and curious friends who just never got around to learning how to cook for themselves.  Enjoy! We’re going to start easy.  Real easy.  Pasta. The short version is this:  Put a very big pot of water on to boil.  Add some salt.  It will not make […]


Penzeys Spices

13Nov11

Recently, on facebook, I mentioned making roasted chickpeas. It’s a simple idea, and quite popular even outside the food blogger world based on the abnormally large number of people who responded to me. But much of the discussion revolved around the spices– everyone had a favorite blend. There were several people who add sugar. Some […]


I will miss my friends who are still in DC.  I’ll miss free museums.  I’ll miss Teddy Roosevelt Island, the woman who works at the amazing little Indian Place near the Crystal City water treatment place and the bus depot, and having a local Vietnamese shopping center.  And a few places I still haven’t told […]


One of the benefits of living in the DC Metro area has been the wealth of free things to do on the weekend.  We’ve been trying to fill in the gaps these past few weeks, doing the things we hadn’t yet done while we’re still here.  So we finally went on a tour of the […]