Monthly Archives: May 2012

Shake it off, and get right back on the bike

One of the new buzz words in education is “resilience,” and even though this notion of helping students build inner strength to deal with the obstacles, failures, and disappointments of life seems like a good idea, I wonder why it … Continue reading

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Double chocolate and banana tart: putting the pieces back together

For once, I thought I’d easily conquered not only the tart dough on round one, but also the entire multi-step process without incident, aggravation, mistake, or calamity. Surprisingly, despite the fact that I had to make an appetizer and the … Continue reading

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“oh antic God” By Lucille Clifton

oh antic God return to me my mother in her thirties leaned across the front porch the huge pillow of her breasts pressing against the rail summoning me in for bed. I am almost the dead woman’s age times two. … Continue reading

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Sticky business: pecan sticky buns

I made these pecan sticky buns from Baking with Julia so long ago that I barely remember what I need to say about them, except that despite my enduring love of butter, these buns had maybe more butter than I … Continue reading

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Provencal olive [sun dried tomato] fougasse

I love baking bread, and Dorie Greenspan‘s provencal olive fougasse recipe came at just the right time.  It was a challenge to mold the bread into a leaf shape — and my first attempt was satisfactory, but next time,  I’ll be … Continue reading

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Back to basics: almond flounder meuniere

One way to define basic cooking is as simple, unsophisticated, or plain. When I investigated the title of this dish, almond flounder meuniere (from Around My French Table) I learned that “meuniere” means “Miller’s wife” and thus refers to the rustic … Continue reading

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Hungarian shortbread: getting a workout

This recipe was not quite as simple as it seemed. First, I didn’t know much about rhubarb, having never cooked with it before.  The rhubarb I’ve seen in photographs looked much redder and thinner than the giant stalks I found … Continue reading

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