Cornbread with Thai chilis

                  (Cornbread with Thai Chilis

A year ago this week I made a belated New Year’s resolution to only cook with non-processed food. Normally I scoff at the “eat better, work out more&rdquo… Read full post »

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MARCH 31, 2011 11:23AM

Cauliflower and proscuitto gratin

 Cauliflower out of the oven

  To me, pouring a cheese sauce over fresh vegetables makes as much sense as putting Cheese Wiz on Fillet Mignon. But, sometimes cauliflower wants a little company, and the addition of a cheddar cream sauce and crispy proscuitto is just the perfect compliment to an already… Read full post »

Live music

My husband came through the door one night in October and he happily announced the words I had been dreading.

“Band camp in Upper Jay, is ON!”

"Band camp" is what my husband and his band-mates call playing an out of town show. But, in this particular case… Read full post »

DECEMBER 14, 2010 2:36AM

Gawker, I have a problem


I spend too much time on Gawker in general -  too often during the day, and occasionally to the detriment of other things in my life. I know this because today, one day after they had been hacked (with user e-mails and passwords leaked onto the web) I clicked on… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 27, 2010 11:54PM

What an ear infection can make you miss

Embarrassingly enough I have been sidelined by a combination ear infection/sinus infection for the better part of a month.

A big part of it is my fault, I didn't go to the doctor until I was 2 weeks in – and by then the doctor had to give me a… Read full post »

OCTOBER 19, 2010 12:09AM

Apple and cilantro chutney

I love the idea of chutney:  on paper it sounds like it should be like a Chinese stir-fry, which has spicy elements and uses a little bit of sweetness to round out the rough edges. But, usually chutneys are three-quarters sweet with a tiny bit of spice thrown in to keep… Read full post »


Dan Savage, the wonderfully smart and hilarious sex-advice columnist, has focused on a serious subject recently – the rise in suicides by gay teens.

Gay teenagers are four times more likely to commit suicide than heterosexual teenagers. And it's even more difficult for teenagers in rura… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 24, 2010 12:37AM

Community: Where meta is the new Batman


Community was meta throughout its first season, so it's no surprise that the first episode in the second season started with Abed waking up for the first day of class saying in his Christian Bale voice to the camera, “We're back.”

The montage of our favorite study group… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 21, 2010 11:48PM

My first illegal book


book cover

It's that time of the year again – the leaves are starting to change – and it's time to celebrate books that have been censored, during Banned Books Week from September 25-October 2nd.

I love Banned Books Week, not because I'm a totalitarian, but/… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 16, 2010 5:06PM

Beets in a vegetable torte

  Mark Bittman has a fantastic column in the New York Times called The Minimalist, which generally lives up to its name. The recipes and accompanying video tutorials feature big flavors with very little or no aggravation.

  But earlier this summer he had a recipe for a grilled vegetable torRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 7, 2010 3:21AM

I had a really strange dream last night


Last night I dreamed that I was in a conversation at a restaurant kitchen I had never been in, putting away dishes I had never seen, when the cook asked the kitchen staff a question.

“What's the biggest budget indie mainstream movie you have ever seen?”

I… Read full post »

AUGUST 29, 2010 4:53AM

The radio waves are empty

 I have a strange confession – when I grew up we only had AM/FM radios. No iPods, no iTunes, no YouTube. I grew up with records, 8-tracks, and then when society became civilized, we had  records and cassettes.

If our parents were affluent enough we might have… Read full post »

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AUGUST 24, 2010 10:42PM

Avoiding cow carcasses to pour adults beer


Happiness and terror was being a child at my grandparents' house circa 1977. I was 7 years old, just tall enough that I had to duck under the kitchen table to play with their dog, Missy, and just old enough to be able to stay up for their parties… Read full post »

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AUGUST 18, 2010 10:12PM

Civil Unions 10-years later, and my imaginary revenge


The recent court battle over gay marriage in California reminds me of the battle for civil unions in Vermont. In the summer of 2000, the year that Civil Unions passed, my husband and I had just opened up a bookstore in the northern part of Vermont. And the civil… Read full post »
AUGUST 5, 2010 11:46PM

I was a 13-year-old porn writer


When I was barely tip-toeing into puberty I started writing “porn” for my girl friends on their birthdays.

I blame my cheerful sexual deviance on Ronald Reagan: he was the first divorced and re-married president and it was the early 1980s. I was young and impressionable.… Read full post »


  Through Jezebel I learned that on Facebook Anne Rice became un-born-again.

“For those who care, and I understand if you don't: Today I quit being a Christian. I'm out ... It's simply impossible for me to 'belong' to this quarrelsome, hostile, disputatious, and deservedly infamou… Read full post »

In my favorite pop-culture story of the day, William Shatner has uncovered new information from a closed homicide investigation.

The New York Times reports that our beloved Captain Kirk called Lee Boyd Malvo one of the convicted D.C. Snipers -  and within minutes found out that there… Read full post »

A bid to buy Casey's General Stores Inc., by unfortunately-named Canadian company, Couche-Tard was turned down on Wednesday.

Casey's, a mid-west convenience store chain, rejected the hostile bid by colossal Couche-Tard company: “(Casey's ) said Wednesday that its board unanimously recomme… Read full post »


              Back when I was a wee-child of 28, I decided that I was tired of being terrified of heights. My acrophobia kicked in when I was 19 and I decided to cure myself before I hit the 10-year mark.

    … Read full post »

In an irrational cost-cutting measure that would make George Costanza proud, Newark Mayor Cory Booker has declared that the city will stop paying for its employee's toilet paper.

Mayor Booker has also declared that the city won't pay for holiday lights or gas for non-essential city vehicles either… Read full post »

An anonymous group of “concerned citizens” in Utah have sent a list of people that they suspect might be illegal immigrants including: their names, the names of their children, Social Security numbers, phone numbers, home addresses, and work addresses to media outlets and law enforcement/… Read full post »

Long days, hot weather, green grass.

Summer is the golden child of the year. Everyone praises it and pats it on the head.

“What a wonderful season!” people say.

But it's not. If summer were personified it would be a mean girl… Read full post »

JULY 9, 2010 12:14AM

Conan gets Emmy nod over Leno


Today Conan O'Brien was vindicated. His seven month run on The Tonight Show was nominated for an Emmy. Jay Leno was conspicuously absent from the Emmy list, even with NBC's ad campaign. Meanwhile, TBS (O'Brien's future home) had put “The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien” up for coRead full post »

              ARIZONA: Mel Harris hadn't planned on having to pick lettuce on a 90-acre field this Tuesday afternoon: he was drafted. On July 30 Hispanic workers collectively told Arizona to kiss their “tiny heinies” and, en… Read full post »

With record heat in the northeast this week, an air conditioner is a necessity, not a luxury. So, around 12:30 a.m., this morning with our apartment still hovering around 87 degrees, my husband hauled our A/C, out of the closet to install it in the window. The decision to put an… Read full post »