Friday, November 11, 2016


Here's my favorite for the holidays:

No ordinary meal
a sacrament awaits us
on our tables daily spread.
For men are risking lives 
on sea and land
that we may dwell in safety and be fed.

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Life Span

Extend the storage life of fruits and vegetables by treating all produce with the sanitizing sprays used to ensure that raw lettuce is safe to eat. Spray or rinse first with hydrogen peroxide and then with white vinegar -30-
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Wednesday, November 9, 2016


In 1968, Julia Child's television cookbook introduced me to vegetable-based soup enriched with pistou. The net is a mother lode of variations. Making this soup took several hours the first time I put it together. Over the decades in low and high tech kitchens, I have learned that any variation of any ingredient will produce a good bowl.

I came to suspect that pistou might have originated as a way for the cook to use odds and ends that were coming ripe at different intervals in the kitchen garden. Last week, cooking for one, I improvised a one-bowl version based on Japan's traditional ramen noodles.

I put enough water into an enameled cast-iron pot to cook one package of soba, added a vegan bouillon cube, one thinly sliced carrot and potato, and a handful of juvenile chard leaves. The noodles went in after the roots were just tender. When the noodles were done, I turned off the heat, added a dollop of pesto sauce, and chowed down. Total elapsed time including the harvest was five minutes -30-

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Great Moments In Housekeeping

In 1964, CBS gave me $5 to report election results from an Oregon precinct. Local residents kindly gave me a place to wait for the count, and I spent half an hour in an immaculate parlor.

The family son-in-law lit a cigarette and looked around for an ashtray. Finding none, he continued to smoke until a substantial length of ash fell on the floor. His wife's mother sent a death ray in his direction, and he made a one-handed grab at the house poodle to wipe up the ash with its gray fur -30- More after the jump.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Far From Chic

A sassy insulated vinyl lunch bag has become my favorite purse. The bag sits in the middle of the bottom of a sleek tote, holding various necessities front and center but out of sight. It makes a convenient divider. No more spelunking, and I'm set in case I decide to buy raw meat on an outgoing run rather than an incoming one -30-
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