Rosemary Pork and Shallot Apple Puffs

Rosemary Pork and Shallot Apple Puffs

I remember sitting on the floor of her bathroom, watching my mother unpack the pink compacts of Mary Kay cosmetics. I loved the way she wet the brush and applied a smoky blue shadow to her eyelids. She had a midnight hued dress, calf length with shoulder pads, cinched at the waist with a wide black belt and sensible… 

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Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pancakes

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pancakes

It strikes me as a desperate and last minute, the marketing of myriad packaged pumpkin products. It’s been a common complaint in the atmosphere this year; the glut of boxed and bottled items on the shelves of our grocery stores. Of course pumpkin flavor is really that of warm spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, allspice. Real,… 

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Spinach Bacon Artichoke Dip

Spinach Bacon Artichoke Dip

A notice would go home for make-up picture day sometime in late September. It was sent before picture day itself had even been mentioned or occurred. This piece of paper, like all dittos, would get crumpled up and bunched down into my backpack. As the dreaded day drew near I would become worried. What if… 

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Eggplant Veggie Burgers with Swiss Cheese and Shallot Jam

Eggplant Veggie Burgers

I like veggie burgers. I am not a vegetarian. I like meat and cheese and hot dogs. I know cheese is not a meat. What I really like is steak. And super delicious burgers. Flame broiled burgers, squishy sacks of roadside burgers, juicy and decadent double down burgers. Lamb burgers! I am good with all the burgers…. 

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Hazelnut Brownies with Espresso Mascarpone Cream

Hazelnut Brownies with Espresso Mascarpone Cream

There’s a quiet, leafy corner of New Haven where time stands still. Walk through a wrought iron gate into another world, down Wooster Street and back into a twentieth century America of Italian immigrants and working class families. My family often went there to visit our city cousins to share a few apizzas at Sally’s or Pepe’s, rival parlors… 

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Thai Coconut Curry Corn Soup

Thai Coconut Curry Corn Soup

I could go on about the perfection of fall for another forty years, and probably I will. Fall makes you feel. Eliot is of course right about spring, specifically April, mixing memory with desire. September, conversely, combines longing with nostalgia. It’s the same sort of sensations only deeply different. All things seem possible, hopeful in the autumn…. 

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Tri-Color Penne with Creamy Ricotta (and a Poached Egg)

Pasta with Poached Eggs

Malcolm and I moved in together for the first time in the summer of 2000. We sublet a one bedroom apartment from a graduate student that was convenient to my job at the head shop and Rudy’s, our favorite neighborhood dive bar. There was a crappy pizza joint up the street, where we went every… 

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Blackened Tilapia Tacos with Red Cabbage and Avocado Crema

Blackened Tilapia Tacos

A few weekends ago, we drove down to San Diego for Comic Con, the convention of nerds, creators, vendors, cartoons, costumes, comic books, big budget superhero movies, fantastic television shows, low budget science fiction, smelly crowds, uncool guys, sex-ay girls, and Stan Lee. It was a spectacular spectacle, even outside the venue. Across from the convention center,… 

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