You know those Szechuan green beans you get at Whole Foods Market, or at a Chinese Restaurant? They’re wrinkly and soft, but not overcooked. They’re so good you could eat them all day, every day, but you can’t seem to make them at home. Here is why; they’re blanched in the deep fryer. Yep, they […]

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Like I was four years ago, I  am caught up in this year’s election cycle, but this year I have no way out. In 2012 the contest between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney had me frothing at the mouth, gnashing my teeth and driving myself a bit insane. As I inched closer to going around […]

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  • August 17, 2016 - 7:33 pm

    Kay Roof - We have had bad candidate choices before as you point out, but man, oh, man they pale compared to these two. I’d like to hear more about your trip. Sounds amazing!ReplyCancel

  • August 17, 2016 - 8:23 pm

    Paul Brads - It’s a mess unlike this post, which is good. I have to say, I think they will fall silent, it takes too much energy to continue.ReplyCancel

  • August 18, 2016 - 5:53 am

    Danielle Dayney - Maybe we ALL need a trip to someplace fun this time around?ReplyCancel

  • August 18, 2016 - 6:20 am

    Melony Boseley - Your trip sounds amazing! Unlike the political race right now. I have mentioned a few times now that if Trump gets in I’m not coming back to Texas for another 4 years. HahaReplyCancel

  • August 18, 2016 - 8:37 am

    Peggy Gilbey McMackin - Ah Nancy, seems a relaxing place was a good place to get away from it all. I’ve my own little theory which goes that sometimes in life we need extremes in order to move the barometer to the middle ground of needed changes. This from everything to save the whales to improving the food system. Good things can always happen.ReplyCancel

  • August 18, 2016 - 11:25 am

    Hema - A Trump presidency is extremely scary! Justin Trudeau looks divine in comparison 🙂ReplyCancel

  • August 18, 2016 - 12:36 pm

    Ellen - I love the descriptions of your trip to Indonesia, and can feel your anxiety melting in the shimmering heat. I’m going to be doing my part to turn Georgia purple this year because frankly, Canada is just too cold for this southern girl. 😉ReplyCancel

  • August 18, 2016 - 2:14 pm

    Cyn K - I always think I should take up meditation but it seems like it would be easier in a place across the world, disconnected from real life. I guess we have to learn to make an oasis at home otherwise we could go nuts.ReplyCancel

  • August 18, 2016 - 9:48 pm

    Meg - I’m a 538 junkie too — less this year than in previous elections, probably because Hillary is so far ahead right now. This election defies every bound of normalcy. I love the details of visiting medicine men and fortune tellers — as if you needed miracles to happen.ReplyCancel

There are all sorts of ways to bake with summer fruits; pies, crisps, cobblers, and the buckle. They are all slightly different, and every one showcases the sweet, juicy deliciousness of summer’s bounty. The other day I got a case of white nectarines, which is a pretty irresponsible thing for a single person to do. […]

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Any  matchmaker will tell you it takes some trial and error to get a match just right. They’ll also tell you that sometimes it is an unlikely or unusual match that will surprise everyone when it works. I have never taken on matching up people but I love doing it with food.  This weekend I […]

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  • August 9, 2016 - 8:55 pm

    Peggy Gilbey McMackin - I’ll have to take your word- and matchmaking taste- on this one Nancy since I can’t quite wrap my brain around it. Looks nice and pretty in any event and hey, sometimes delicious specialties occur in the most unlikely of places.ReplyCancel

You know those people who when you ask them how they are say ‘can’t complain’? Don’t you admire them? Isn’t it awesome how they keep all their petty woes and first world problems to themselves? I think so. I am not one of those people. If you ask me how I am, you should prepare […]

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  • August 3, 2016 - 10:53 am

    Peggy Gilbey McMackin - Hope you have a better day Nancy! And that your computer issues will shortly be resolved. Bummer. I am admittedly not one to challenge ‘first world’ problems for I do believe wherever people live or how, all people suffer in some way, and not acknowledging peoples feelings doesn’t change in any way what individuals have no control over in any part of the world. So if it makes you feel better, no problem on the ranting about a tough day as far as I’m concerned. Cheers.ReplyCancel

  • August 3, 2016 - 11:12 am

    Suheiry - I’m sorry you had such a lousy day. I hope the rest of your week runs smoothly!ReplyCancel

  • August 4, 2016 - 9:39 am

    Patricia - It’s great that you can take a crappy day and spin it into a witty and entertaining post. You win!ReplyCancel

  • August 4, 2016 - 11:06 am

    Ellen - Oh, geez, when it rains it pours. I don’t hear too many people say “I can’t complain”, but I hear plenty of “fine” when asked about their day. I’m not sure which is the bigger lie, but don’t we all have something we can complain about? Hope your computer woes end quickly!ReplyCancel

  • August 4, 2016 - 3:50 pm

    Rowan - I love how you write when you let yourself just do it and don’t overprocess.ReplyCancel

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