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SOME PIG

Sonofabitch. If there was a phraseology hall of fame, this would have to be an all time first balloter. What’s so brilliant about it is that it can apply to nearly anything. “Son of a bitch” is what you call someone who’s a jerk or just plain stupid. “Sonofabitch” is what you might say upon the realization ...

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JIMMY’S CASCADING DARK ALE

I’ve long been a proponent of eating seasonally. Tasty new green things like asparagus and favas are tastier in the spring. Roasty, braisey braised things are roastier and braisier and more satisfying when it’s cold out. Apples and pecans married with pungent cheeses and served beside this year’s gift of  Bambi or ...

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CHARCUTEPALOOZA CHALLENGE #5: SALSICCE, BY ANY OTHER NAME

There’s a picture of my grandfather, I think it’s probably taken in the 1970s, standing in a friend’s basement, smiling with a sausage grinder by his side and many, many links of tubed meat hanging from the rafters around him. I’ve always loved this picture of him, and when he died my mother found his old sausage ...

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CANNELLONI DI MELANZANE: AN APPRECIATION OF THE UNDER APPRECIATED

I feel like eggplants get a bad rap. I feel like even the people who like them or plant them in their home garden sometimes do so simply because they feel they should. On certain restaurant menus eggplant dishes can come across as either obligatory homages to immigrant roots or oddly shaped stakes in the ground for ...