Category Archives: family

“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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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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Feeding the fever

Saturday was dreary, cold, and blustery. More like a gloomy day in early March than a nearly May Saturday. Monkey Man, Gorilla Girl, and I  were feverish for sunshine, warmth, and spring. Since the sun remained hidden for most of … Continue reading

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Riffing on a classic: navarin [boeuf] printanier

I’m usually inclined to follow Dorie’s recipes exactly, especially until I feel comfortable with the result.  This week, though, I had several reasons for making some signficant changes. Dorie Greenspan‘s navarin printanier sounded worth a try, but I have never … Continue reading

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Building nests: nighttime comfort and belonging

Monkey Man and Gorilla Girl have, for the last several months, even for the last couple of years, been traveling in the middle of the night from their beds to ours. We have developed several theories about why they insist … Continue reading

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The accidental friends: unexpected gifts of adoption

One of the coincidences of being an adoptive parent is that almost automatically, you have a bond with other adoptive parents. Most of us have many stories to tell about the whys and hows of our choice to build families … Continue reading

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Coconut friands: the mystery of the Vietnam tea cake solved

Thanks to Dorie, this week’s  coconut friands — otherwise known as  tea cakes –solved a mystery. The recipe was so simple that I whipped up not one, but two batches (one for a baby shower at my husband’s school). This … Continue reading

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Why we must stop for death, dear Emily

My students are working on Civil War projects, and obviously, the subject of death has been part of the discussion.  The Civil War is ancient history to them, and even to me, Matthew Brady’s intense images of the dead on … Continue reading

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Spring in a cake: lemon loaf style

Baking with Julia’s Lemon Loaf Cake, as everyone noted, was simplicity itself.  However, no one mentioned how hard it would be to find cake flour, nor did the simple list of ingredients include a reminder NOT to forget to add … Continue reading

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