Category Archives: Food

Frost

There were needles of fine frost on Burt, the apothecary’s rose, this morning. So much for “once blooming”!  My fine specimen of Rosa gallica officinalis, the ancient and unmodified Red Rose of Lancaster (and of Martin Luther), has blossomed repeatedly … Continue reading

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The Taco Bowl

Or, Jonathan Goes to Trump Tower. Or, Facts Matter. * I read Vanity Fair‘s mean-spirited 2016 piece about the Trump Grill(e) and its (in)famous Taco Bowl.  To paraphase the author’s quote from Fran Lebowitz, it’s a dumb person’s idea of … Continue reading

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Elias Ashmole

Elias Ashmole, founder of the Ashmolean Museum, mentioned that King Charles I had been served “ice cream” in 1671.  This was in his book on the Order of the Garter, published 1672. So “ice cream” is really the earliest citation.  … Continue reading

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Iced

In ordinary speech, when I say “iced tea” it comes out sounding virtually identical to “ice tea.” That’s because of the two consecutive dental consonants, the voiced D followed immediately by the unvoiced T. Mind you, I am thinking of … Continue reading

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Jerusalem Artichokes

The Jerusalem artichokes on the property are in full (belated) bloom.  I hope for some good, tasty tubers this year. Just a reminder:  the Jerusalem artichoke is native to the eastern United States, and its name is a colorful misnomer.  … Continue reading

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Barbecuing in the Rain

Several times this summer I have doggedly grilled or barbecued despite rain.  Today is turning out to be one of those times. I have pork chops on the Weber getting a bath in hickory smoke.  A few drops have fallen … Continue reading

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Whiskey Review: Westland

Last fall, for my birthday, I got a bottle of Westland Sherry Wood American Single Malt Whiskey. (Be legal before you click!) I loved it, and before I knew it only two fingers were left in the bottle.  They’ve lasted … Continue reading

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Dinner

I’m smoking a rack of ribs for dinner.  I’ve gotten good at ribs.  I marinated them in cider vinegar and rubbed a dry “Kansas City” rub on them, then put them in the Weber kettle over a pie tin full … Continue reading

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As May Ends

There have been many rainy days, and I’m told more are to come.  This morning is perfect.  It’s summery, sunny, a little humid, the kind of morning where gardening is a pleasure. The irises are doing great (except one that … Continue reading

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Jerusalem Artichokes

It was one of those hilarious-infuriating moments where you just have to bite your tongue and then top up your cocktail. “They’re not Jerusalem artichokes, they’re Israeli Sunflowers,” I was told forcefully. There’s no such thing as an Israeli Sunflower, … Continue reading

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