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Monthly Archives: May 2024

I found some celeriac!

Mashed celeriac A few weeks ago, I wrote here about my curiosity about the root vegetable celeriac, which I had never had. I was thrilled to find some yesterday at the Whole Foods store in Winston-Salem. I bought two of them. I understand that celeriac can be prepared in many ways, raw or cooked, including […]

C.J. Sansom’s Dissolution

I was not aware of C.J. Sansom until I read his obituary in the New York Times. I immediately ordered his first novel, Dissolution, and read it pretty fast, because it was quite good. There are seven novels in the Shardlake series. Matthew Shardlake is a kind of Tudor-era detective and lawyer who (at least […]

Cabbage rolls

Some of the most beautiful leaves in the garden are the outer leaves of cabbage. They’re usually wasted, though. Some are removed at the farm, some at the grocery store, and some at home. But if you can get them fresh enough, there are things you can do with them. Last week when I picked […]

Hazelnut chocolate bombs

Recently a friend gave me a pound of California hazelnuts. What to do with them? I hit upon making no-bake hazelnut chocolate bombs. Whiz equal parts (by volume) hazelnuts and dates in a food processor. I used about a cup of each. Add cocoa, and, if you have them, some chocolate chips. I added enough […]

A John Rawls recipe book

Free and Equal: What Would a Fair Society Look Like? Daniel Chandler. Penguin Random House, 2023. 404 pages. As the jacket blurb says, this book about the philosophy of John Rawls aims at “dragging his theory of justice down from Harvard’s ivory towers and into the streets with the people.” For those already familiar with […]

A scene from Mississippi

I apologize for being just another person out to make a political point from what’s happening on university campuses. But I do think that everyone needs to see this video. It was shot May 3 at the University of Mississippi. According to news reports, counter-protesters — mostly white males — greatly outnumbered the protesters. I […]

The first box of 2024 produce

Bok choi, snap peas, green onions, cone cabbage, lettuce, and broccolini It’s only the 3rd of May, and I just picked up my first box of 2024 vegetables. Again this year, I’m outsourcing the gardening. A young couple who live about two miles away, who moved here from Chicago, are making a living from their […]