House and home Category

Up-stares Down-stares

OK, everyone, I feel badly. It has been how many weeks since I last posted? I admit it. My schedule has been overwhelmed and I don’t know with what really, as things have been somewhat unremarkable but jam-packed. I am back up at our main place in Valencia and have had a chance to recover […]

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SLO-bound

It’s time for some more newsy miniutiae about the summer and my schedule.  We have been running all over the Central California coast, previewing places to take Anna while she is here this summer and at Christmas.  Our destination last week was San Luis Obispo (SLO, as the signs say all over that area). I will […]

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Neither ruthful nor …

… veracious. After we listened to Obama’s SOTU, I forced myself to sit through one of the multifarious opposing “responses”. Geoffrey walked the dog, unable to stomach what followed. It was no response at all, of course. Clearly they write this flummery without acknowledging what the President actually said, even though I am fairly sure […]

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Butter cookies

After all the sturm und drang in my recent posts, I thought it was time for a Master baking formula. There are a few professional formulas that I can point to, which I have mastered myself, that I know are utterly fool-proof, and produce a perfect product, every single time.  That is, as long as you […]

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Savory autumn pie

I like to collect recipes that I can keep in my head, so if I am traveling or visiting, I can put a meal together without resorting even to the index-card ring sets that students carry in culinary school. One of the easiest and most versatile dishes I make (when I cook!) is one I […]

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