Today's show-off TV chefs would never have survived the Thanksgiving kitchens of my youth. The roasting turkey, oyster dressing, scalloped potatoes, tender rolls and sweet potato pie were all in well-practiced hands, so my Southern matriarch predecessors would have sent Bobby Flay packing - gracefully, I'll add. At a minimum they would would have dispatched … Continue reading Many hands, light work.
A few things you may not know about Lou Gehrig: Seven times - seven different seasons - he batted in more than 150 runs, an unparalleled feat in American baseball, to this day. Babe Ruth broke 150 five times in his career, Sammy Sosa only twice. Gehrig still holds the AL single-season RBI record (184), … Continue reading “Sure, I’m lucky.”
Some days involve dog vomit. Now, I know what you're thinking: "I don't have dogs. My days never involve dog vomit." But everyone has dog vomit days, I promise, even you people who don't have dogs. Flat tires, fallen trees, freezers that go on unannounced strike and leave behind a mess of melted gelato. Dog … Continue reading A priest and a rabbi walk into a bar.
To all the children getting prepped and ready to endure the annual torture of standardized testing, remember this: You are not a number. True, at many points in your life someone write your name and pair it with a number: Weight. Age. Credit score. Aptitude. Tumor marker. Income bracket. Zip code. Max VO2. The pairing … Continue reading You are not a number.
I know. You're thinking, "dear God, another dog story?" No, actually. This is a post about breakfast. But it starts with a (short) story about a dog. One of our dogs has become a banana thief. I write "one of our dogs" as if I don't know full well that it's the dainty female chocolate … Continue reading Yes, we have no bananas.
My friend Fredericka, Colorado native, retired horse trader, and daughter of a fresco painter, never left home without snacks. Fredericka and I met when we both taught at Noble and Greenough School in Dedham, MA. She looked pretty much like you'd think a Colorado native, retired horse trader, daughter of a fresco painter would look: … Continue reading Always pack a sandwich.
What would a Saturday morning be without a BuzzFeed quiz? How else would I know which actress will play the screen version of me (Emma Watson), the city match for my soul (Portland, OR), or my style icon (Jenna Lyons)? And yeah, I had to look up that last one, too; she's style director for … Continue reading Like what you like.
Before I conjure a tale of a silly daddy, wrong assumptions, finding your strengths, and (of course) dinner, I'd like to offer a warm welcome to new followers and gratitude to the WordPress team for my second Freshly Pressed nod. Howdy and thanks! Now, full steam ahead, eh? On y va. In my growing-up house … Continue reading Whan that Aprille.