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Last month, we went to Austin to see Joan Osborne. The show was nothing short of fabulous, and of course, we can’t go to Austin without a visit to Book Woman. It just isn’t going to happen. I don’t usually have any books in mind before going, but I always manage to find a few that pique my interest. This trip was no exception and I picked up the following: …

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For the month of April (and beyond, perhaps), Elizabeth and I have declared a moratorium on Starbucks. We love us some Starbucks, we really do. But we need a new fence. And if we were to go a year without Starbucks, our fence would basically be free. I know in some circles, talking about money is considered taboo, but I am not talking salary or mortgage here. Just delineating our …

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Not really, but it sure seems like it. I have been working on my Color Affection and will evaluate it tonight. It might be nearly done. From reading the pattern, I thought that the short row section went all the way to the second side, but having seen a few finished (and correctly) versions in person, I now know it doesn’t. I need to check and see if mine looks …

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I just had a bowl of the Chicken and Dumpling soup I made over the weekend. and oh my. The dumplings are so perfect, I hope I get it right every time I make this in the future. This recipe was originally from Cook’s Country Feb 2009 issue and I used it as is one time and then started playing. I have made it 4 times now and this weekend …

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The company is closed today and tomorrow, and half day yesterday, but that doesn’t actually change publication dates, so eb and I are at work. Thanksgiving just isn’t a big deal for us. In years past we have done the full production and really, I like all the preparations and cooking. I think the way in which we celebrate holidays has had a sort of natural progression that closely follows …

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I have been thinking about it all morning. The steak we had at Rancho Loma. It was stunning. It was sublime. It might just be the most perfect steak ever. And I want some more. Short of a return visit to Rancho Loma, I might just have to find me a meat market here in Houston. It isn’t like I haven’t looked before. I have. I just haven’t found an …

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It’s what’s for lunch. I worked on a second Remains of the Day journal. This one is 99% recycled materials. The cover is made from a piece of junk mail and an old blouse, embellished with stuff from the stuff stash. The pages are made from security envelopes salvaged from the mail trash and scraps of paper from various other projects. It isn’t what I want as an end product, …

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I am soon on my way to the grocery store to stock up for a weekend of eating crap. I haven’t had a total crap binge in quite a while, and the last time, I noticed I would have a few bites of something and then move on, so even though I am thinking binge and saying binge, it really won’t be a binge. Yay for me… The list so …

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The recent road trip moving chef Will back to upstate NY yielded a new stash of Arnold’s (my dad) old photos. One such photo offers documentation to a genetic predisposition toward Pepsi. Gott a love me some Pepsi, it’s in my genes! Of course this theory woulf naturally go on to illustrate a penchant toward cigars, but that just isn’t happening. I think the cigar gene skips a generation. This …

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There is a tea house we favor called House of Te. By we I mean Elizabeth and me, but also my group of knitter peeps. We often meet up there for tea, knitting, conversation… A while back I discovered a drink on their board called Immunitea. The description went on to say it was in general, a good immune system boost. One thing I have learned through acupuncture is that …

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What a weekend. I think what I am feeling has a deja vu quality to it, mostly because we had no heat two weekends in a row. The first weekend was by choice in that it was a holiday and all sorts of expense would be added to the final total because of that. It wasn’t brutally cold, nor was it forcast, so we decided to tough it out until …

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Maybe it’s the cold weather, maybe my efforts to treat my disease with acupuncture and herbs are finally catching up and paying off. Whatever it is, I once again have an appetite and am finding I want to be cooking more. I guess I have always cooked a lot, because I like it, but lately I have been wanting to really be one with the food. No shortcuts. During this …

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