Saturday, January 30, 2016

A friend on Facebook put this's true that the presidency ages people so much. I think Hillary would just emerge spitting out nails...she's pretty tough at this point.

I just saw bacon chocolate chip cookies on Pinterest. What is the world coming to?

Thursday, January 28, 2016

I just finished The Good Thief's Guide to Berlin, a mystery about a thief in Berlin, and part of a series. Always nice to find a new series.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Zoe really makes me laugh. Today she told me, "Benjamin spit at Erin." I said, "Why did he do that?" She said matter-of-factly, "He just seems like a crazy person."
Here's what I've learned on my diet: giving up dessert, alcohol and French fries wasn't too hard. Giving up carbs is much harder. So every once in a while, I have some ziti. And I love it. 

Thursday, January 21, 2016

I had to share another one...this is a squirrel on the border of a 16th-century Flemish text. And today is Squirrel Appreciation Day!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

This is turning into a food blog...but I made such a good broccoli and cheddar soup the other day. It was from a Deborah Madison soup cookbook. She owns the restaurant Greens, in San Francisco (it's right by the water).

Anyway, to make this, you need 4 broccoli trees - you chop the florets, then the stems (after getting rid of the tough exterior). You boil the florets for 3 minutes in a quart of water with some salt, and reserve the cooking water. Then you saute the broccoli stalks, some diced Yukon gold potato, celery and onion with garlic, marjoram, thyme and a bay leaf, in olive oil, for about 5 minutes. Add 3 cups of the reserved cooking water and cook for 10-12 minutes more, until the potatoes are tender. Then you add the florets and just heat them through. At this point, the soup will be pretty thick, so you can add some half and half. Then you take out the bay leaf, puree the soup, put it back in the pot, and add some Dijon mustard, salt and pepper. Very good.

(I have noticed that I am theoretically a fan of the Oxford comma, but almost never use it.)

Saturday, January 16, 2016

More marginalia. I love these little pictures. This one is a duel...a dog with a comb confronting a rabbit with a mirror.

Thursday, January 07, 2016

Taking my crockpot on its maiden voyage. Inside: veggie loaded baked potato soup.

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Happy new year!

Just made this scarf for a friend.