Cooking grants you access to a variety of cook’s treats before you send food off to your family or company. These are your reward for standing in the kitchen while everyone else is drinking and scarfing down hor’s d’oeuvres, or finishing their homework. I used to feel guilty about popping some special morsel into my mouth […]

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After four weeks visiting birthdays past, for this final March post, it is time for a birthday present. On Friday I will turn 59, not a particular milestone, or great event, but another birthday I’m grateful to be celebrating. I am not only writing about the present tense but the present I am giving myself […]

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  • March 30, 2017 - 5:46 am

    Danielle - Happy birthday, Nancy! I think every birthday should be special and I hope this is your best yet.ReplyCancel

    • March 30, 2017 - 4:50 pm - Thanks Danielle. There are kids involved so it’s sure to be quite festive!ReplyCancel

  • March 30, 2017 - 9:36 am

    Peggy Gilbey McMackin - Happy Birthday Nancy! Wishing you a year of the best at 59! Have a fabulous trip in Boulder!!!ReplyCancel

    • March 30, 2017 - 4:49 pm - Thank you Peggy. I love Boulder, and am so happy to be spending my birthday here.ReplyCancel

  • March 30, 2017 - 11:04 am

    Ellen - Happy Birthday, Nancy! Here’s to many, many more! I love the paragraph that explains everything you love about your birthday.ReplyCancel

    • March 30, 2017 - 4:49 pm - Thanks Ellen.ReplyCancel

  • March 30, 2017 - 3:58 pm

    Melony - Happy birthday, Nancy! I’m sure the visit will be amazing, and you will feel lots of love while you’re there. <3 Here's to many many more!ReplyCancel

    • March 30, 2017 - 4:46 pm - Thanks Melony! I’ve just arrived and happy to be here!ReplyCancel

Learning to cook like learning anything is hardly ever linear.  I don’t remember a time in my life when I wasn’t interested in food—as more than just sustenance. My first culinary experiment was when I was about four, and if you’re a long-time reader you already know the story of the Oreos and the Amercian cheese […]

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I have no idea how long I’ll live, and though I doubt it I’ll make it to 100, turning 50 felt like the halfway point for me. As my birthday drew closer I was dreading it in a way that I never had before. It didn’t bother me when I turned thirty or even forty, […]

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  • March 22, 2017 - 7:05 pm

    Margaret - What a transitional moment. I hope you look back with pride that you were able to move on from this. Not everyone can.

    I do think there is something pivotal about our 50th year. I know a number of women, myself included, who have become more assertive and outspoken about this age. We know who we are and what we want.

    Your piece succeeds in making us feel that dull misery that you seemed to be going through. I’m happy to see in the comments that life has improved.ReplyCancel

    • March 22, 2017 - 7:06 pm - Margaret, I think you’re right. We reach a point when we think ‘I’m too old for this shit’ and we take action!ReplyCancel

  • March 23, 2017 - 5:59 am

    Danielle - The “so what” in your story is clear and we’ll-supported, Nancy. And I especially think the paragraph about waves in an ocean works. But I think this essay could have benefited from one more read through for comma errors.ReplyCancel

    • March 23, 2017 - 8:43 am - Thanks Danielle. I am a bit of a comma junkie, so I’ve been using Grammarly as a guide. Maybe it’s not so reliable 🙂ReplyCancel

If you’re looking for a great meatless Monday dinner, how about fish tacos? We have shrimp or fish tacos for dinner almost every week, though rarely on Monday. A few years ago we rented a house with some friends in San Diego and our agreed upon goal was to eat as many tacos as possible […]

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  • March 20, 2017 - 9:00 am

    Peggy Gilbey McMackin - Love fish tacos, and shrimp marinated and grilled with garlic, hot pep flakes and lime juice! The San Diego culinary taco challenge memory sounds great!ReplyCancel

    • March 20, 2017 - 9:44 am - Never met a fish taco I didn’t like!ReplyCancel

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