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Giovanna Zivny
Portland, OR
Interests: Portland, travel, books, food, family, friends, conversation, coffee...
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Ruth, the reason the head was whole, on a plate in our refrigerator, is because the butcher refused to cut it for my husband. "The teeth ruin our saws." (Another husband might have thought that suggested the home tools wouldn't be up to the job, but mine just smiled and asked for it to be wrapped). The story quickly devolved from there--we had (and still don't!) no pan that would fit a pig's head. I believe a sledge hammer and our driveway were involved in the breaking apart. So come to think of it, a few neighbors probably also still tell the story. But the pig head did get cooked and served to our friends. And we are still friends--maybe because of stories like these, rather than in spite of the. So I guess all's well!
Toggle Commented Aug 13, 2015 on Some Pig from the Past at Ruth Reichl
We could have used this years back. I went out of town when my kids were little and left them home with their dad. Normally, he never cooked. But he decided to have friends over for dinner. Our eldest daughter came home from school, opened the refrigerator, and slammed it shut. On the top shelf sat a whole pig's head. To this day, she insists it was the most traumatic moment of her childhood. Meanwhile, I was visiting my parents, when the phone rang. My father answered, talked briefly, then handed it to me, a little disgusted. "Your husband wants to talk to you. He wants to know what pan to use for a pig's head." Our friends, our daughter, my father, and both of us still tell the story--each with some personal bias.
Toggle Commented Aug 9, 2015 on Some Pig from the Past at Ruth Reichl
Such a wonderful coffee cart...we Portlanders are indeed lucky (though we are paying our dues with a lot of cold and rain this summer!).
Toggle Commented Jun 16, 2010 on THE great Portland coffee cart at Ruth Reichl
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Jun 16, 2010