Self (Publishing) Help: Food in Fiction

I’m proofing a book right now that actually makes food awkward. The book is set in a swank vacation spot, think resort Jamaica.  The food is so poorly imagined that I find it to be distracting.  Here’s an example: a three-course dinner at a 4-star restaurant is described as sausage soup, meat with Jamaica Style […]

America’s Test Kitchen Improves My Love Relationship

If you have not had the pleasure of watching America’s Test Kitchen on PBS, do.  Christopher Kimball, the show’s host: pictured above, is slightly knobbish, but the exhaustive care the show affords its innumerable cooking projects matches his strange, neurotic egotism.  It is a real joy. I bought Fella the Twenty Years of America’s Test […]

A Sunday in Humorous Anecdotes. (funny)

A thing about being a blogger is that about every third thing that happens in a given day is blog-worthy. Being a blogger in the first place requires some self-discipline.  I’m trying to have better self-discipline.  Fella would probably argue.  He says I am no good with suspending gratification.  But that is ungenerous since he […]

Macaroni & Cheese Masterwork

Should Thursday be Food Thursday? In addition to being a witty devil and a swell writer, I am also a fine cook.  Don’t be jealous.  There’s a lot of pressure that goes with being good at lots of things. But Macaroni & Cheese is one of my FAVORITE comfort foods, and I think I just […]

Xmas Sucks if you’re a grownup, or does it?

Let’s acknowledge something, shall we?  From Thanksgiving to January 2, everybody in America’s life gets appropriated by these festivities.  It doesn’t really matter what religion you practice, or if you don’t practice one. Every retail establishment is bonkers, it takes twice as long to buy shampoo or toilet paper if you are unlucky enough to […]

On Loving Zumba in Time for Resolutions

Zumba is a stupid amount of fun. Here’s what has happened to me: I WANT to exercise. When I think about it real hard, I’m still kind of in shock. But I go exercise, and even though I’m spending like 10 hours a week I would’ve told you I don’t have a month ago doing […]

Vacation Posts: What I learned about Dogs

This week, I’m going to do some blog posts about my recent vacation to Rehoboth Beach, DE. Little Pearl and I returned on Saturday, and this is my first day back to work officially. Lessons about Dogs Dogs are way, way cuter than people. People who have both dogs and children would prefer to talk about […]

Mellowcreme Pumpkins Are Delicious.

Some of you who know me might be surprised that I think so.  I’m really a salty, coffee-cream-only, once-a-month sugar cravings kind of gal.  I’d rather eat a steak, well, used to rather than a pile of sweets hands down.  Now, I’m more likely to have a Morning Star Tomato Basil burger with piles of […]

Halloween Cabaret

Brad and I have wildly differing tastes.  He’s all sci fi, fantasy, first person video games, goblins and zombies, mythology of all sorts, heavy metal, and runes and tarot and the goddess. I’m all literary fiction, folkish music with smart lyrics, Woody Allen, Wes Anderson, Northern Exposure, crafting, knitting, bohemian, feminist criticism, agnostic. Our aesthetic […]

Chronicles of Naan

I should’ve taken pictures.  I always remember when it is already too late. So I have this awesome cookbook.  It is a little confusing because the ingredients are given in metric and in US.  Sometimes the conversions are off, so I like to weigh all the stuff.  Also, there are often a few ingredients that […]


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