Category Archives: Cooking

Wanting to Wake Up

At retirement plus 19 days I thought I’d be more productive. Yesterday, after a shift at my desk and an hour-long visit with a neighbor and a team of surveyors, I took a nap… with long, deep sleep. Groggy when … Continue reading

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Late Winter in Big Grove

It is time to use up fresh onions, garlic and potatoes, then rotate the canned goods so oldest jars are consumed first. Winter means soup, casseroles, pasta and hearty meals made from pantry and ice box ingredients. As the ambient … Continue reading

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Jambalaya Reprise

In a throwback to my work at a major logistics company I made a batch of vegetarian jambalaya for this week’s lunches. The dish was born in Thomas County, Georgia as I was sequestered in a hotel for four months … Continue reading

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Gratin Dauphinois

Saturday I decided to make a gratin. We have storage potatoes although it will soon be time to plant them in the garden. I’d been thinking about gratin for a week. Scouring cookbooks for a recipe, the dish appears to … Continue reading

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Sixty Nine Days

It’s sixty nine days until what I hope is my last day of work at the home, farm and auto supply store… and “full retirement.” The paradigm upon which we based our life in Big Grove shifted. We settled here … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Chili Bowl

We discussed plans for Thanksgiving dinner exactly three minutes. It’s the two of us and we haven’t had chili with cornbread for a long time. We haven’t had an apple crisp this season either, so that will be our Thanksgiving … Continue reading

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Overnight Soup

In our search for truth and meaning there’s nothing like making soup. Each batch can be spontaneous yet based in traditional flavors and processes. Soup uses what comes in from the garden, is stored in the pantry and ice box, … Continue reading

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