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Guy Fawkes Day, 2019

Guy Fawkes Day November 5, 2019 In the late afternoon the shadows of trees and plants are projected onto the adobe walls where I live. Is the shape of a thing is clearer when all detail is removed?

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Chipot-loaf

CHIPOT-LOAF A savory breakfast sort-of loaf without flour: 9-inch glass pie plate, assorted bowls and implements 1 cup roasted tender Hannah yamone-quarter onion diced fine3 T avocado oil2 eggs1 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice 1 cup almond meal1/2 teaspoon salt1/2 teaspoon...

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The All American Shootout

New rule for Lone Gunmen Terrorists: they are not allowed to wear bulletproof vests. It's just not sporting. The Good Samaritans deserve a fair shot. And yes, "Good Samaritan" is the expression used to describe the neighbor who got his gun and went after the Texas...

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Civic virtues, 1

Civic virtue 1: know the opposition. Know their positions, know what motivates them, know what is underneath the lies (because yes all politicians lie), know what gets under their skin, and above all, never underestimate them. When I can stand it, I visit FoxNews...

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Cowards and liars

It is kind of a relief after all these years feeling ashamed at how cowardly and spineless the Dems were, to find out that part of that cowardly outward appearance was in fact that mainstream Dems supported right wing economic policies. It hadn't occurred to me. And...

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Quality counts

As in governance, so in food: quality counts and will out. I am clarifying butter at the moment. I do that regularly. It is cheaper than buying clarified butter, and I can control the end result. I like the clarified butter to be ever so slightly caramelized. All...

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Massimo Bottura’s Amazing Risotto

Another wonderful episode on "Chef's Table," the first one, features the delightful Italian chef Massimo Bottura. An earthquake in Modena put hundreds of thousands of pounds of Parmigiano Reggiano at risk... here's the story, from Saveur's website: "Massimo Bottura's...

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Kuyashii: motivation to succeed

I have been watching the Netflix series "Chef's Table." Love it! Beautifully done and totally fascinating for a cook like myself. David Gelb, who directed the wonderful "Jiro Dreams of Sushi," is executive producer of the series. Chef Niki Nayakama is featured in the...

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The Reason for Skylarks

Let not the perfect be the enemy of the good! At this moment in my life I have the luxury of time. I spend a good deal of it worrying how I may best overcome the obstacles my nature presents in order that I may put my best self to use. The other day over dinner with a...

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Empty witness

I went to see The Bee at the Utah Arts Festival last night. The Bee is a storytelling event. A woman got up and told a story that was wrenching and still so raw in her that things were left out for us to fill in, not details, not the reality we had not witnessed with...

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