Tag Archives: food


By | October 19, 2019

We planted lots of chile and bell peppers in every color and size and degree of hotness (well, just about) and chopped them all up into a container of, well, chile hash — which we then used today to make 12 quarts of salsa. Ideally, we’d have used homegrown tomatoes as well, but we didn’t focus on paste tomatoes… Read More »

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Pumpkin Spice Spam

By | September 29, 2019

Pumpkin Spice Spam was a thing — for about four hours on September 23, 2019. Then it was sold out, gone, possibly never to reappear on the national scene. Hormel made Pumpkin Spice Spam available in two-packs from their own website — with a limit on one two-pack per customer — but also sold it through the Walmart.com… Read More »

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By | September 11, 2019

I don’t do Facebook much — that’s why I tend to be ignorant of news like “oh, alligators ate my left leg a month ago” until everyone else on the planet, up to and including the pool guys in cities a thousand miles north of the alligator line, knows the story. But I do find a few things… Read More »

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The Wienermobile

By | January 11, 2019

There are people in this country who do not own a large stuffed Wienermobile. I am not one of those people. (For what it’s worth, I’ve had this thing for years and years. Bought it off eBay. It came with strings attached to hang it from the ceiling of a store or business, but mostly I’ve just left… Read More »

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Depression-Era Values

By | January 29, 2017

Mom was a child of the Depression. She was born two months before the market crashed and she grew up one of eight kids in a rural Florida family where the father was frequently unemployed and the mother was frequently in mental hospitals. A large percentage of what they ate, they grew or raised themselves. One simply didn’t… Read More »

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The Politics of Dancing (Waring Blender Edition)

By | July 31, 2016

Just killed my red Waring bar blender trying to make Carole a smoothie with skim milk, frozen berries, and frozen yogurt chunks (which she’d prepared in advance in a silicone cube tray). Apparently there are some things that are too much for a Waring blender — deep frozen 1 inch cubes of frozen vanilla yogurt, for one, and… Read More »

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The Unbearable Lightness of Ice Cream Cakes

By | March 24, 2014

Carole really likes ice cream cakes. I mean she really, really likes ice cream cakes. Even though I can take them or leave them, she used to try to twist my arm into consenting to have an ice cream cake for my birthday every September. It just seemed like such a waste to have a cake-eating occasion and… Read More »

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By | March 23, 2014
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Wherein Elizabeth Reid Is A Very Cool Person

By | December 12, 2013

Life hasn’t been easy this week. My father had a stroke on Sunday, and a couple of other family members have had a significant and upsetting upheaval in their lives. I’ve been wandering around feeling sort of shell-shocked. One of the unfortunate things about life as a trainer who travels 40+ weeks out of the year is that… Read More »

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A Pimento Cheese Kind Of Day

By | September 16, 2013

Today is a pimento cheese kind of day. Or, to be more specific, a grilled pimento cheese sandwich kind of day. It’s cold, blustery, wet, dark, and all in all the kind of day you’d like to spend indoors with something fun to read and something comforting to eat. For me, that sort of day brings unbidden thoughts… Read More »

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