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A Tribute to the Ten Pound Losers

A Tribute to the Ten Pound Losers

Dear Kay, A quick moment to pay tribute to one of the most brave, stalwart, and persistent groups you will ever find–and no, I’m not talking about all you Nashville parents trying to help your kids go sledding in a half inch of snow. I’m talking, of course, about the Ten Pound Losers group over at Ravelry. Back in September, this group was formed after some amount of wailing on Twitter about the desire to lose ten pounds....

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Dye, Dye Enu

Dye, Dye Enu

Dear Ann, Passover is upon the House of Kay. My brisket is a-braising, my dried fruit compote is a-stewing, and my Streit’s matzohs are as dry and boardy as the boxes they come in. My favorite culinary moment so far came when I got a text from a friend in search of a good non-potato kugel recipe. Thanks to AutoCorrect, I bragged to her about my Fearful Stuffing. (I meant “farfel”: look it up.) We shall forevermore call...

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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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Permanent

Permanent

The sun is going down smoking A flaming testament Something has been broken And it feels permanent —from “Beachcombing”, Mark Knopfler

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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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“Supper”

“Supper”

Dear Kay, I’m so distracted with my two-handed Fair Isle practices that tonight I managed to burn a pot of boiling macaroni. Do you know how long a pot of macaroni has to boil before it gets to the burned-on-the-bottom stage? In other news of my increasing distraction, I bought a chicken the other day, intending to inaugurate the barbecue season with a festive grilled chicken. I am so busy thinking about my knitting that I punted on the...

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Gone Cooking

Gone Cooking

Dear Ann, I wish I could say I Have Finished Something (Alert the Media!). But every year as the Jewish New Year holiday of Rosh Hashanah approaches, my in-laws hold a secret meeting in which they vote unanimously that the festive meals (there are several) will be organized by Kay. (They will bring cake.) This gives me the chance to renew my acquaintance with that secular saint and angel, and all-around all-right gal, Julia Child. Much...

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The Challah Has Landed

The Challah Has Landed

Dear Kay, It is not often that a fresh-baked challah with raisins shows up on the doorstep via FedEx, wishing us a happy new year. Come to think of it, it has never happened. It’s BEAUTIFUL! What a spectacular surprise from Hammy and the whole lot of ya. The ChallahCam doesn’t do it justice. We send our southern-baked new year greetings your...

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