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Here's a humor piece I wrote a few weeks ago; it is meant to be a parody of the kind of over-the-top food/travel writing I read (and sometimes have to edit). I had hoped McSweeney's might want it, but they... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2020 at verbatim
If you've noticed that I'm blogging much more than usual these days, you're right. Although I am still working full-time—apparently the cookbook industry is not affected by the current economic nightmare!—I am not doing a whole lot else. The classes... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2020 at verbatim
I keep trying to write a proper farewell post about John Prine, but I just can't do it. A friend mentioned that the news of his death from covid-19 left her "gutted," and that's just how I feel. He was... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2020 at verbatim
How's everyone doing? Status quo here, by which I mean we are still staying home and no one has gotten sick. Hope that's true for all of you, too! I am maybe the last person who doesn't personally know someone... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2020 at verbatim
I hope you are all well and finding ways to survive—physically, professionally, emotionally—during this pandemic. When I think of all the things I'm worried about, I don't have to worry about how I'm going to be able to afford to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2020 at verbatim
Well, this isn't going to be the promised post with fun recipes and interesting book reviews, but rather a check-in to let you know how we're doing and to find out how you're all doing during this unprecedented time. First... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2020 at verbatim
Sorry to hear it, Kristi, but it makes perfect sense. It remains to be seen if it will even be held....
Toggle Commented Mar 10, 2020 on 16 Candles at verbatim
You guys, I don't have time for a Real Post, but I just want to pop in to say THANK YOU to anyone who ever takes a minute to read this blog, especially these days when I hardly ever post.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2020 at verbatim
I will be very glad to put this year behind us—besides the country and world going to hell in a hand-basket, it has been a tough year Chez Verbatim. The latest "excitement" is that Andy woke up on Christmas Eve... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2019 at verbatim
I hope that everyone who celebrates Thanksgiving had a lovely day! It is my favorite day of the year, and I have much to be thankful for, including having all my kids home for the weekend and lots of extended... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2019 at verbatim
Back in June I mentioned my frozen shoulder, which I am happy to say has improved markedly! I went to acupuncture about a dozen times but had no relief whatsoever from the pain, and the CBD oil was likewise a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2019 at verbatim
And the NRA and everyone who refuses to allow for sensible gun control legislation.
I read the book and liked it too! I did not watch the series. But I have to insist that you read Moriarty's earlier book "What Alice Forgot." I LOVED this one so much. My brief review is here:
Toggle Commented Jul 11, 2019 on Escaping at Kingfisher Cove
So, so sorry for you, Tonya. I think it's even harder that you didn't get to say goodbye to Mojo. Not that it would have been easy to see him sick or decide when it was time to end his pain, but at least you would've known. A long time after George died (20+ years ago), maybe months, I had the most vivid dream of him. I could feel his distinctively velvety fur and I could actually smell him—I always thought he smelled like brownie batter! I'd never had a dream with all the senses before. It was like he visited me from the Great Cat Beyond, and was such a gift.
Toggle Commented Jul 7, 2019 on Foggy at Kingfisher Cove
Yoo-hoo! It's me! Last time we spoke, it was March and I was doing some cold-weather cooking. Now it's the end of June and too hot to cook, so I don't have a recipe for you today. Since then I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2019 at verbatim
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