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I mean to post this yesterday, but somehow the day got away from me: Happy 15th Blogiversary to me! Fifteen years seems like an absurdly long time to have had a blog, but here I am. I hardly ever post,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2019 at verbatim
Like most people, I have some products that I will buy only one certain brand (Heinz ketchup, PG Tips tea), some that I'm happy with several different brands (tomato sauce, yogurt), and others I don't care much about so I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2019 at verbatim
What I loved about this recipe is that the delicious chicken drippings get all over the veggies—they tasted divine! I didn't find it to be much working/waiting at all.
Toggle Commented Feb 2, 2019 on Winner Winner at verbatim
I made a really yummy chicken dinner the other night—perfect on yet another cold winter evening. The original recipe called for 4 bone-in, skin-on breasts, but I used thighs instead because they are so much tastier. (And no photo once... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2019 at verbatim
Well, it too me long enough, but here you go, another tried-and-true recipe, this time from the NYT. I've already made this three or four times, most recently last night. It takes almost no effort at all and is delicious.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2018 at verbatim
Hmmm, I bet you didn't think it would take me 2 weeks to continue this recipe thread, did you? Me neither. I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving in the meantime. Someone wanted to know if I get bored making... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2018 at verbatim
My post yesterday was originally going to be 3 book reviews, 3 movie reviews, and 3 recipes, but it seemed like too much. But I do have three recipes to share, all of which I've made more than once already,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2018 at verbatim
Book 1: A while back I read The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry. It was supposed to be for my online editors' group book discussion, but we somehow never got around to it. I was still glad, though, because it... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2018 at verbatim
Hey, guess who's been married for 30 YEARS! Me and Andy, that's who! Hardly seems possible (since we think we're still 30 years old...), but there you go. On the day-of, we played hooky and spent the day together—lunch out,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2018 at verbatim
Look at me, posting twice in two days! This is just a quickie, with photos of some of the books I've edited since the last time I did this (which was over a year ago). Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2018 at verbatim
One culinary feat I've never attempted is canning. I'm not terribly interested in it, to tell you the truth, and also a little nervous about doing it properly. However, if I do ever decide to try it, probably the first... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2018 at verbatim
Hey, remember when I used to blog regularly? Sigh. Here are a few tidbits from the last [gulp] 4½ months: Tidbit 1: I think I must be the ideal demographic for the Mr. Rogers documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor?... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2018 at verbatim
Happy blogiversary! I can't decide whether I thought you left that awful job more or less than 3 years ago, but good riddance to it in any event!
Toggle Commented Mar 10, 2018 on Anniversaries at Kingfisher Cove
Once again it's time to take note of the fact that another year has gone by, and as of today it's now been a whopping 14 years since I started this blog! As I mentioned last year, social media and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2018 at verbatim
A few weeks ago, I made an old favorite dish that I'd kind of forgotten about—Arroz con Pollo—and was reminded of why it had been a favorite. This version is a bit of work, but nothing too difficult, and it's... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2018 at verbatim
You know those "sponsored posts" (read: ads) that show up in your Instagram or Facebook feed? Usually I scroll right on by, but now and then one catches my eye. In truth, it's more than "now and then": I find... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2018 at verbatim
The title of this post does not refer to the yummy recipe below, but rather to my new composting service! For the last few weeks, I've been using City Compost to pick up and cart away all my kitchen scraps—and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2018 at verbatim
Those who've been reading verbatim since the Old Days (read: before social media, when blogging was all there was) know that I generally have terrible experiences with appliances, large or small—I'm not sure whether there were more posts here about... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2018 at verbatim
Happy New Year, everyone! We survived the bomb-cyclone but decided it still wasn't quite cold enough here in Boston, so we've decided to get up tomorrow morning while it's still dark and drive 200 miles northeast. Yes, it's time to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2018 at verbatim
As I mentioned not too long ago, Pete is spending this semester in Spain at the University of Salamanca. Last week was his mid-semester break, so Andy and I went to visit him! It was a great trip. We flew... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2017 at verbatim
I want to share a recipe with you, but first I realize I didn't mention this yet: Last month was a one-night-only screening of May It Last, the documentary that Judd Apatow made about the Avett Brothers. I had bought... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2017 at verbatim
Steph is a junior at Wheelock and still loving her Early Childhood Education program. Some of you may have seen a news item that Wheelock is (likely) going to become part of Boston University! So Steph would graduate from BU's... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2017 at verbatim
Ha, you thought I wasn't going to blog in August, didn't you! This will be yet another of my famous catching-up posts. This has not been my favorite summer, as I didn't do a very good job with the work-life... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2017 at verbatim
You guys, look at me posting twice in two days! I realize I never mentioned a few months ago that I had read A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. Although I had very much enjoyed Towles's previous novel, Rules... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2017 at verbatim
Some of you may remember that our beloved 4-year-old kitty Violet got sick and died suddenly last fall. Then, this spring, our old-lady cat Grace died at age 16. That left only Luna, Violet's littermate. She has always been a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2017 at verbatim