Monthly Archives: August 2012

What’s Edible?

This summer I encountered the “hand towel” versus “tea towel” distinction. Our new son-in-law is Canadian, a fairly English Canadian. When he came with our daughter Susan to spend a couple weeks in our home, Susan asked us for his sake … Continue reading

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Eat My Words

Current political campaigns are keeping a sharp watch for opportunities to make an opponent “eat his words.” That is, they are looking for embarrassing or damaging gaffes in speeches and interviews, like Todd Akin’s recent unfortunate remarks about rape or President Obama’s suggestion that small … Continue reading

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Gross Stuff

The pelican has long been an emblem of Christ. The connection comes from a mythical notion arising in the middle ages that when food was scarce a mother pelican would stab her own breast with her bill and feed her … Continue reading

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The Only Bread

I stared down at the unappetizing brown glop simmering in an aluminum pot over a little white gas burner, watching as an older boy mushed water together with white powder then squeezed that white glop into the pot. I was eleven … Continue reading

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Real Food

The current culinary climate is one of startling inconsistencies. Bombarded by food television of every sort, we may appreciate more than ever before good food made with fine ingredients. You would never catch an “iron chef” sauteing vegetables in margarine rather … Continue reading

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