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Right now I’m reading The Making of a Chef: Mastering Heat at the Culinary Institute by Michael Ruhlman. First published nearly a decade ago (I picked it up recently at a used bookstore in Maine), it’s the story of how Ruhlman, a journalist, fared at the CIA—he enrolled intending to write the book, so he […]
I lost 2.8 pounds! I’ve missed every meeting since my Exile in Fatville post–for a variety of reasons, all legitimate–so I was a little nervous. Usually missing meetings does not lead to good results. But I actually managed to stay fairly focused on what I was eating, and hit the gym five times a week. […]
And again, it started with the tomatoes. I came back from the farmer’s market this afternoon with six beauts: two each of yellow, regular ol’ red, and Cherokee purples. As usual, I had no idea what I planned to do with them, but I did know that tomorrow morning I’m getting on a scale at […]
Lately I’ve been struggling with a certain ennui regarding the overwhelming abundance of tomatoes at the farmer’s market. On the one hand, I feel I should be sampling every variety, scarfing down the juicy, rosy globes while the getting’s good, but on the other hand . . . eh. They’re just not exciting me. This […]
And now, it’s time for another installment from my husband and guest writer, S: As I wrote in my prior guest appearance, I was raised on Italian food. Well, mostly spaghetti, with wonderful homemade sauce. About once every two months, my mother would make ravioli, which was a real cause for celebration. Round or square, […]