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…turkey…

It’s that magic time of year when turkeys suddenly fill the meat case at the grocery store and you’re expected to procure one and cook it for people in a way that says you know what you’re doing…  Of course, there are all sorts of ways to cook them, and I’m sure you’ve tried at … Continue reading

…chicken skin…

 I’m fixated a little bit on philosophy tonight – for no particular reason other than my mind wanders there from time to time.   I’d like to say I know exactly where this all started, though that would never be completely accurate.   All of these thoughts have been lurking around in a sort … Continue reading

…love, from a different perspective…

Someone once said (and I am paraphrasing), that writing a book is like taking a long distance trip at night. Your headlights only shine so far – a very scant distance – and yet you go, without really knowing all that lies ahead. You can see only a little bit in front of you. Really, … Continue reading

…fuck dat…

This is a story I’ve debated about sharing here. Among other reasons, I simply love savoring little secrets to myself. While I am not afraid to spill my thoughts, or expose myself in any particular way, sometimes I just don’t and won’t because I like having things that I own, that are my own… It’s … Continue reading

…making lox…

There are, quite rightfully so, unwritten rules to life. One of them is about traveling. While making Lox has little to do about traveling, it is in the same vein of reasoning… Recently, I re-visited Italy, France and some Germanic regions that lie between (Austria, Munich, and Switzerland). Only on the second trip did I … Continue reading

…cathecting upon cassoulet…

I am always, in the back of my mind, pondering things such as cassoulet. I ponder about cassoulet for reasons other than eating it; it is a small journey, as all good cooking should be, taken in the kitchen with things you make and collect over the course of weeks and months leading up to … Continue reading

…the joy of getting old…

“Beware when casting out your demons, lest you lose the best thing in you” (F. Nietzsche) I can’t help but think lately, that I really like getting older. I’ve changed – though maybe not at all really – maybe I’m just getting better at being myself. Or maybe I’m just getting lazy enough to become … Continue reading

…wine cured bacon…

I am sometimes in need to totally withdraw from life as I know it. I’ve found that over the years people do not quite get this or understand what it means or why I need it. Maybe it is a character flaw – or maybe it is a flaw in people who don’t understand it. … Continue reading

…musing about my muse…

Life is beautiful in that it unfolds in ways you never quite imagine it will. Often there is grief and pain and it seems as if it is all one big shit pile – ein haufenmist (die schönheit!) – when suddenly lovely flowers grow out of it. In fact, that idea alone; that flowers really … Continue reading

…roasting quails, and other thoughts…

It is a first for me to find, let alone try and figure what to do with quails – they are tiny! They are fragile and yet very long and svelte. I found them one day in the local Asian/Mexican grocery store I stop in every week to buy ducks and other odd bits of … Continue reading