Category Archives: Appetite

Blue to My Elbows

We all cook for different reasons: to experiment with something new, to perform a political act, or simply to alleviate the growling of our stomachs. Lately, I’ve been cooking for the feeling that I’ve created something: for the tactile pleasure of working with my hands, and for the tangible results. When you follow a recipe […]

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Making Sal Proud

No matter how many candles accumulate atop my birthday cake, I still find that nothing captures my imagination better than a really well-written, well-illustrated children’s book. A properly-told story captures the freedom and whimsy that came naturally to us as finger-painting, play-acting toddlers. There were seasonal favorites in my little-one library; I still get the […]

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On Treading Water and Pushing Forward

Ask a little less of yourself. When was the last time someone said that to you? Because I have the sneaking suspicion that the minute I learned how to crawl, society started wagering about when I’d get on my feet and walk already. Whenever I accomplished something big, it was celebrated sincerely, and then assumed […]

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It’s a Mad, Mad World

Do you ever wish that you were born into a different era? That you could experience the lawless underground of the 1920s, or revel in the gum-smacking, bell bottom-laden, disco ball ’70s? To me, that sort of time travel would be a thrilling proposition. And not only for the adventure; sometimes I feel I would’ve […]

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CSA Haul: Week Seven

The corn-and-tomato inundation has begun, and every week, my CSA share gets heavier and heavier. Last Thursday—pick-up day!—the plastic handles of the bucket-like bag dug themselves deep into the creases of my bent fingers. And in order to make it from the drop-off cooler back to my car, I had to lean to one side, […]

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