Monthly Archives: April 2012

Imprints: Jeanette Winterson’s musings on adoption

Jeanette Winterson has just written a memoir.  I’d read her first novel, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, a semi-autobiographic novel that begins with the protagonist’s revelation of her adoption.  I read Oranges in college, and despite Winterson’s memorable protagonist,  … Continue reading

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Sardine rillettes: when things aren’t quite what you hoped

I have to admit, when I saw this week’s French Fridays with Dorie, I wanted, more than anything to really like it, to be pleasantly surprised, to find a new gem to add to the menu.  I have never eaten … Continue reading

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The dog news

Monkey Man and Gorilla Girl invented a new game today called the dog news. Alternating turns, each of them invents a new “rule,” then laughs hysterically.  Monkey Man and Gorilla Girl played a round or two at dinner today, and … Continue reading

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Asparagus and bits of bacon: a good friday treat

Because I am a lapsed (fallen and baggage-hauling) Catholic, the fact that French Fridays with Dorie included bits of bacon on Good Friday must have been some cosmic coincidence.  I realize that many of us are posting this, and that … Continue reading

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Hey, Veruca, find any lost notecards down there?

My students are busily engaged in writing research papers.  For 7th graders, this is a new process, one that requires a significant amount of time, effort and energy.  This year, I have been impressed by their dedication to searching for … Continue reading

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Pizza rustica and love cakes

This weekend, I baked Pizza Rustica in Baking with Julia, and loved it.  I mean loved, as in, I could eat this every day if the cheese and egg count alone wouldn’t kill me.  It was amazing — sweet dough … Continue reading

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