Daddy's medicine

Daddy’s medicine

During the World Cup, ESPN Senior Writer Wright Thompson became enamored with a hot sauce he found in Central America. Inspired (or, perhaps a little…

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How to make a Moscow Mule

How to make a Moscow Mule

The fiber swam—viscous, milky, sexual—on the other side of the amber glass. I pressed my eye as closely as I dared. My heart felt precious…

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Margarita shrimp tacos recipe

Margarita shrimp tacos recipe

The kitchen was a little short on supplies this evening when I went in to make dinner. I ended up experimenting a little bit with…

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Otis and the Pisco Sour

Otis and the Pisco Sour

The woman walked toward me with a plate of green balls. No story should begin that way. It’s the type of lead that conjures nightmares,…

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Pine Nut Mouth

Pine Nut Mouth

I blamed the banana, and I blamed it in a number of four-letter ways that would’ve made my mom wash my mouth out with brands…

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The peanut butter conundrum

The peanut butter conundrum

I was in my mid-teens before I realized that most people did not put peanut butter on their pancakes. Or waffles. Or French toast. This…

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Upon my return from Connecticut

Upon my return from Connecticut

Mystic Pizza is a real place. This probably comes as no surprise to people who are big fans of the movie. It probably comes as…

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Spring and savory

Spring and savory

Last week was a busy one. No time for shopping, planning, or menu-creation. Everything was on the fly. The wife went to Whole Foods to…

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Mastodon Weekend deconstructed

Mastodon Weekend deconstructed

“He probably has a whole generation of writers getting drunk and wondering why they can’t write like that.” –Roger Ebert on Charles Bukowski. In sitcoms…

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2010 Mastodon Weekend

2010 Mastodon Weekend

This morning I awoke to a text from Al. “Bad beat,” he wrote. “Room won’t be ready until 3pm.” He’d been on the road all…

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