Category Archives: ephemeral kitchen

Cleaning Out the Basement–Between Meals, An Appetite for Paris

Nostalgia for Paris, for a particular Paris, is rich territory. Were you there pre-war or post-war, and which war. It was always better before you got there–Belle Epoque, the Lost Generation, GI Bill expats, and now, perhaps even I can … Continue reading

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Happy New Year’s

There’s a bit of holiday still hanging around–draped garlands, more cookies than usual, and bits and bottles of fancy foods received as gifts. I’m not really one for resolutions. I’m a pretty sensible person who stays in the center lane … Continue reading

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S**t Our Grandmothers Used To Do

I know someone whose grandmother used to rinse chicken intestines and stuff them with chopped scallions. It sounds like heaven to eat and hell to make. But that’s what grandmothers used to do, make every scrap of food, fabric, and … Continue reading

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Why Your Bicycle Should Have a Basket

Warning, this post contains nostalgia. This post is about one of my favorite childhood meals, though it was hardly a meal at all. I was about 13 or 14–too young to get a job, but too old to run out the … Continue reading

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Personal Rituals–Dinner

You can’t possibly ask me to go without having some dinner. It’s absurd. I never go without my dinner. No one ever does, except vegetarians and people like that. ― Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest According to the … Continue reading

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It’s that Indian Pudding Time of Year

For us, at least. And though we’ve made Indian Pudding a Thanksgiving tradition for years, this is the first year we’ll cook the whole dinner. I’ll be figuring out the entire menu, which is a lot of pressure. I like … Continue reading

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I Love a Box!

I’ve always loved words. I ate up all the books I could get my hands on, and when I couldn’t get books, I read candy wrappers and labels on cereal and toothpaste boxes. –Judy Holliday I love words too, and … Continue reading

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