Oriental Duck Soup

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One of my dumb ambitions for Thanksgiving was to cook Turducken. I bought turkey and duck, let them both thaw, then decided the night before that turkey was enough, and the duck was a bad idea. So after we ate all the Thanksgiving leftovers, I recalled that I had a duck to cook, stat. I [Read More...]

The Thanksgiving Winners

The grown-up table, before food and people.

I cooked Thanksgiving dinner. It was my first time. I wasn’t sure if I’d pull it off, but I even (do I admit this out loud?) enjoyed it a little bit. Setting a table was fun. Family pitched in on the clean-up. The bird was fine to eat. The stuffing and the pecan bars, I [Read More...]

No Guilt, Ugly-As-Sin, Pumpkin Pie-ish Dessert

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Here’s something I don’t care much about: Halloween. I love the candy/ I hate the candy. I like costuming/I hate it when my kids beg for plastic drugstore costumes. Anyway, our town took a rain check on Halloween, and that’s fine with me. No trick-or-treating until tomorrow, and then only an hour of it, because [Read More...]