Category Archives: Food

Merry Christmas!

It’s Christmas Day. I came home after a very successful Christmas Eve service at the Presbyterian church, and an intimate and joyful Midnight Mass in the village. Attendance was down at the latter because of storm warnings, but there was … Continue reading

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Turkey Soup

I can’t understand why we never made stock from the remains of the Thanksgiving turkey. It seems so wasteful in hindsight. I broke down the mighty beast the other day and boiled it with onion, celery, and a wilted head … Continue reading

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Dad and Me

This picture was taken about a week ago. A very nice couple–good friends and former neighbors in New Jersey–drove up to celebrate his birthday. We had a memorable lunch at a local waterfront place that emphasizes German food and culture. … Continue reading

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A Wonderful Summer

My second full summer in this beautiful place. It’s been wonderful. The magic of newness is still with me; there’s just so much left to discover, and country living agrees with me. Today, for example: a rare day off on … Continue reading

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Bruen Burgers

My dad was called “Bruen” all his life. It was his middle name–an old name in our family, and I’ve enjoyed researching it–but that’s not my topic today. Today we’ll talk about what I have dubbed Bruen Burgers. Hamburgers à … Continue reading

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Bread Recipe

French bread rising on counter. Here’s the formula:  . –1 cup, plus a splash, unfiltered New Jersey tap water –1 packet supermarket yeast –2.5 cups, Gold Medal Organic White Flour (adjust amount to preferred texture; I like a slightly slack … Continue reading

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Gros Pain

For years now, I’ve been trying to master the art of baking bread. It hasn’t been easy. Not for lack of trying, mind you, and not for lack of research. I’ve watched many a food channel on YouTube. I’ve studied … Continue reading

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