Waifs down a mossy path: Dries Van Noten’s clothes for next spring.

Blue Ribbon Baking

Blue Ribbon Baking

Dear Kay, Not to be braggy or anything, but I did want to show off a bit of holiday baking I did this morning: It’s SO EASY, really! All you do is crack open a tube of aerosol-dough Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls-Not-The-Lowfat-Ones-Which-Aren’t-Sugary-Enough, quintuple the baking time, and you’ve got a great centerpiece for your Christmas dinner. Or fuel for the fire. Or a weapon. Gah. Merry Christmas, y’all! We’re...

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Thanksgiving: Turkey. Friday: Vietnamese

Thanksgiving: Turkey. Friday: Vietnamese

Dear Kay, Let’s just say that there’s still a half gallon of gravy in the refrigerator. We seriously overshot the gravy requirement. There are seven extra people staying at our house, which is great. This place is like a kibbutz. It completely maxes out the accomodations here, but having eleven people in a house makes for things that don’t otherwise happen. 1. Food. Somebody’s always fixing a meal in the kitchen. You...

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Misceloony

Misceloony

Dear Kay, I’ve been under the weather, hon, so apologies for the lack of blabbage. I don’t really expect you to read all this, but I’ve got to get it out of my system before it starts to back up. You know that bloggy backed-up feeling? So much to discuss. Up First: Disappointing Knitting Just terrible, I tell you. There is something about this swatch that absolutely fatigues me. I can barely stand to look at this thing;...

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The Runcible Crock Pot

The Runcible Crock Pot

Dear Ann, This morning, I was marching double-quick to Zabar’s to buy a slow cooker. Slow cooker is the new term for The Kitchen Appliance Formerly Known As Crock Pot. I guess the crock pot people are trying to distance themselves from the image damage that’s been done by gunky nacho cheese dip and weenies in bbq sauce. Why was I hellbent for crock pot? Because Mrs. Lear has taken up slow cooking. And whatever Mrs. Lear is...

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It’s Hard Being Orna

It’s Hard Being Orna

Dear Ann, So, I’m totally hung over. No, not from my birthday. I know this is a shocker, but a 49th birthday is something one really has to work at getting excited about. I always enjoy my birthday, mostly because of the wine. But still. 49. Woop-de-freakin’-do, if you get my drift. Don’t get me wrong–I’m happy to be here! Loving every minute! Cherish is the word I use to describe! What I am hung over from...

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Astronaut Night and Other Great Ideas

Astronaut Night and Other Great Ideas

Dear Kay, Too tuckered for much else except to say that tonight’s Theme Night Dinner, All Liquids Night, went well enough. The menu: chicken soup (which I didn’t have the heart to puree in order to be truly a liquid), apple sauce, a flight of creepy health smoothies that said alarming things like “42 GRAMS OF PROTEIN IN THIS BOTTLE.” The green one was going to be a hit until it was discovered that it contained broccoli....

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Cloudy Sunday

Cloudy Sunday

Dear Kay, Sunday is just about the best thing there is, don’t you think? I’ve been watching stuff pop up around the house. 1. Popovers The most fun you can have with flour, milk, eggs, and salt. Here’s a recipe that is just about the same as the New York Times Cookbook recipe I used. There are all these superfussy recipes, what with the warm-up-the-cream-not-milk, the use-a-cast-iron-pan, don’t-use-all-purpose-flour...

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Hanukkah: The Blogumentary

Hanukkah:  The Blogumentary

Dear Ann, My knitting continues in a scarfcentric drone, meaning I’ve made another one, but even I am sick of blogging about scarves. Aw, I’m lying. In truth, today the light is not good enough to capture the FRESH WONDER of my latest scarf tribute. I will hold back nothing. You shall see my new scarf and rejoice, ‘She scarfs yet!’ Meanwhile, we have been celebrating Hanukkah these past three nights, mostly with...

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Thankful

Thankful

Dear Ann, A couple of days ago, Carrie was doing a school project to ask family members what they are thankful for and write down their responses. She is my girl, so the asking part was just a formality; she supplied the answers herself. For me, she said, ‘”Family, knitting and my yarn.” I wasn’t about to argue. But today I’m extry thankful because….. 1. I actually made Norma’s Soup and it actually...

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We’re Here. We’re Gluten-Free. Get Used to It.

We’re Here. We’re Gluten-Free. Get Used to It.

Dear Kay, What a fine piece of planning for you to be out of town during all the hootenanny. I know you must be crushed to miss out on all the fun protesting going on in New York. I would have written sooner but I’ve been too busy trying to figure out what I want to protest. The good news is that I think I’ve found it: I’ve formed a nonprofit organization called Citizens for a...

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