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My friend Steve asked if I'd read 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami because he was itching to talk about it. I hadn't—so he sent it to me! All 3 volumes, almost 1200 pages! I was very skeptical at first because it... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2022 at verbatim
First I'm going to share a recipe, and then I'm going to do a boring old-lady post, since I'll be 60 soon! No, that is not an April Fools' Day joke. It's true. I kept reading about Korean rice cakes,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2022 at verbatim
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On March 8, 2004, I decided to start a blog. That blog is now 18 years old and can thus vote, buy a lottery ticket, and get a tattoo. I send my heartfelt thanks to all of you reading this... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2022 at verbatim
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Happy New Year! I hope January treated you all well. It's been a while since I let you know about some of the many wonderful books I've edited. First, a few months ago I got a big package in the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2022 at verbatim
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Look at me posting twice in one week! I have more recipes to share. First, remember that awesome tofu stir-fry recipe I shared a while back? Guess what, it just got better! As instructed, I had been dusting the pressed... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2021 at verbatim
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You didn't think I'd let 2021 end without checking in one more time, did you? (Maybe even twice, if I can swing it.) Hope everyone enjoyed their holidays and either got to see their family or had family who understood... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2021 at verbatim
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A few years ago I read Any Human Heart by William Boyd and was blown away (review here). So I was delighted to see that he had another book of the same ilk (by which I mean a loooong novel... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2021 at verbatim
Greetings! I keep a list of things I want to blog about if I ever get around to blogging again ... and lately there seem to be a lot of chicken recipes, so I thought I'd get a couple of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2021 at verbatim
Yikes, it's almost September! Hope everyone managed to have safe fun for the last couple of months. We went up to Maine a couple of times, but we mostly prefer to avoid crowds (now more than ever, obvs), so we're... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2021 at verbatim
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Me again, twice in one week! Here's a pulled pork recipe (yet another winner from Budget Bytes!) that I've made a bunch of times. I consider it both cold-weather fare since it's hearty, and warm-weather fare since it uses the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2021 at verbatim
I have to try to post reviews here as soon as I finish a book because by the time I get around to it months later ... I can't remember much about the book. That said, here goes. Interior Chinatown... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2021 at verbatim
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Yes, I do edit mostly cookbooks, but not all. Here's a selection of other nonfiction books I edited that have come out in recent months. I highly recommend all of them! (I tend to not show you books I don't... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2021 at verbatim
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Happy 17th Blogiversary to me! I know no one blogs anymore, but I'll keep showing up here once in a while as long as you'll have me. It's so funny to look back at the early years of this blog,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2021 at verbatim
It's weird to realize that I'm coming up on the one-year anniversary of the last time I set foot in a supermarket. We've been getting by quite well with the delivery options we have (although I do not use Instacart,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2021 at verbatim
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Hey, I promised you some recipes, didn't I? Well, I suddenly got bombarded with work deadlines and kind of forgot. We did make it up to Maine for the long weekend, which was lovely. I had to bring some work,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2021 at verbatim
Greetings! I have a backlog of posts to write because I kept waiting until the world didn't seem likely to end. I'm still not sure we're in the clear, but I'm going to take advantage of this lull. (And, again,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2021 at verbatim
Last year on December 30, I said to you all, "I will be very glad to put this year behind us!" Little did I know. At that time, what felt like the last straw in a bad year of medical... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2020 at verbatim
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I continue to find lots of great recipes over at Budget Bytes and urge you to poke around there—I haven't had a miss yet! Here are two recipes that have been in frequent rotation around here. The first I did... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2020 at verbatim
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A three-part blog post in which I pretend that the world isn’t going to hell in a handbasket and that my anxiety over the upcoming election isn’t getting the best of me… Part I: Music In 1982 Elvis Costello released... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2020 at verbatim
Hope everyone out there is doing OK. We are all still healthy (aside from heightened stress about the election and other related nightmares, which I do not want to discuss here, thank you very much!). Some of you might remember... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2020 at verbatim
You better be sitting down for this, because Andy and I actually took a vacation! This is a big deal not only because of covid, but also because this was our first week away since before Steph was born (1996)!... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2020 at verbatim
In which I pretend that there's nothing bad going on in the world at all, and instead give thumbs-up to a book, a movie, and a recipe. Remember how much I loooooved Circe by Madeline Miller? I immediately bought her... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2020 at verbatim
*Hopefully for the next 3 months, anyhow! What a spring and summer it was, with the house full of kids with pretty much nothing to do at all. Our electricity and water bills, our grocery bills, everything went up. But... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2020 at verbatim
Gee, hard to tell how happy you were that they visited! ;) Sounds like a lovely visit. I really liked Sea Wife--I thought the writing was fantastic, and both characters felt very real to me.
Toggle Commented Aug 11, 2020 on Love at Kingfisher Cove
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Hello, heat wave! I was thinking of things I'm saving money on during this pandemic, like restaurants and gas for the car, but another thing is sunblock. The only time I go outside is to take a walk, which is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2020 at verbatim