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I woke up this morning, as I often do, vaguely dissatisfied with my weight-loss efforts (or more correctly, the lack thereof in recent months). It occurred to me that exactly eleven years ago today, on December 31, 1994, I joined Weight Watchers for the thousandth and last time—I say “the last time” because I was ...Keep Reading
This’ll be quick, since I’m buried in freelance work and all I’m doing is procrastinating… Got leftover sour cream now that you’ve gorged on latkes? This recipe, adapted slightly from January’s Gourmet, is just the thing. They’re super-easy, and the end result is tender and soft, with a very mild flavor. To my taste, they’re ...Keep Reading
Is there any more wanton, more decadent, more soul-satisfying experience than biting into a potato pancake moments from the pan, still so hot it burns your fingers? The crisp exterior, starchy shards snapping, gives way to a sumptuously soft interior, fragrant with onions and a deep, earthy richness. You devour it greedily, shocked at your ...Keep Reading
For my birthday, I like to pick a restaurant we wouldn’t normally go to—one that’s gotten good notices and promises a memorable meal. The danger in choosing somewhere new over a reliable favorite, of course, is that you can never be sure of what lies ahead. Last year, we celebrated my birthday at Blue Hill ...Keep Reading
The holiday spirit has eluded us this year. Because of my surgery, we missed both S’s family Christmas get-together and my own family’s Hanukkah one. We didn’t even bother with a tree, which longtime readers will realize is kind of a big deal for this Christmas-loving Jew. S and I exchanged our gifts last night—we’re ...Keep Reading