Category Archives: Food

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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Update on the Previous

Still just dipping one happy toe into summer… I’m outside by the Weber, enthroned in my Coleman chair; and applewood smoke is still gently rising along with the Schlieren (those heat-shimmers whose English name I don’t know).  The ribs are … Continue reading

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How I Spent My Summer Vacation, part 1

One week ago today I was on campus administering final exams.  Grading must always be done carefully and attentively, especially when a final exam and final grade for a course are involved. There were also final papers to read. Last … Continue reading

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Not bad at all!

The pork shoulder came out very well. It had a nice smoke flavor and was thoroughly done.  Next time, I will keep it wrapped for a longer part of the cooking time, as it was verging towards dryness.  It still … Continue reading

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Smoking a Pork Shoulder

Last week’s adventure in BBQ smoking–two fat chicken breasts and a brisket–went fabulously well.  I was thrilled to learn how a small, basic Weber kettle can do the same smoking job as a dedicated device, be it horizontal, vertical, charcoal, … Continue reading

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A Time of Stress

It’s a stressful time. The end of semester looms and much work is needed, urgently, for my professional organization.  On top of it, there have been very difficult funerals (both young men who had no business dying), a delightful wedding, … Continue reading

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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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