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NEW CONTENT: FICTION PAGE

I recently created a page to show some fiction. Yes, I occasionally write fiction. Not as often as I’d like to, but I thought it was worth sharing. If you like it, lemme know. I may post more or leave it as a failed experiment. In any case, I hope you enjoy it. I mostly write about places that are close to my heart and ...

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THE WHOLE POINT OF LIVING…

I find myself thinking a lot about death lately. Looking to nature, it is the time of year when the natural cycle of things is winding down—I recently ripped out my summer garden, which caused some odd feelings of shame and guilt even though the plants had become completely dormant (it’s an odd thing getting ...

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WHY YES, THAT IS MY 5LB SERVING OF PIG

I don’t really cook a lot of Mexican food. But rather, I require a lot of Mexican food. I chow down a lot of Mexican food. I tuck into it. Mexican food could be considered one of the base food groups in my own personal food pyramid. But I just don’t really cook it. I think this is because making your own Mexican ...

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NOTES FROM THE DESK OF MY BEARD

I’ve had a beard for the better part of a decade. For me ceasing shaving was an assertion of freedom and self-reliance. After years in the restaurant industry and a few years waiting tables, where I often had to shave twice a day, it was time to let my freak flag fly. No more ironing my black and whites, no more ...

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A SLIGHTLY OVERCOMPLICATED LOVE SONG: TO DEVILED EGGS

In my experience, there’s the things that are really, really good. And then there are the things that everybody likes. They aren’t the same things. The things that are really, really good tend to threaten or question the general way of things, and being as people like things the way they are, they tend not to like the ...

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MUSIC TO COOK BY

Music and food are something intertwined for me. One comes with the other. A day in the kitchen is a day set to music. For me, it’s something that aids in focus and exhorts the emotions that come out in the flavors that appear on your table. Here are a few albums I’ve been turning to lately. It’s not a top ten, ...

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IN THE FALL, THE OVEN IS ALWAYS THERE

  There’s something really, really nice about cranking the oven up when the temperatures start to dip into a fall disposition. And to my mind, there’s no better use of an oven in fall than roasting. I realize as I’m writing this that most of the country has been in fall for months and is now gearing up toward ...