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Unplugged - My Nomophobia Revealed

Unplugged – My Nomophobia Revealed

The first time I dropped my pristine, gold-burnished iPhone 6 Plus on the garage floor I chalked it up to trying to be too efficient. My hands were full of work-related documents — not, despite circulating rumors, bags of new shoes — and the phone simply . . . slipped from my hands. I picked it […]

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Words with Friends Police

The Words with Friends Police

There is an ongoing discussion at our house about how much time one spouse may reasonably expect the other spouse to devote to playing Words with Friends, the Scrabble-based wordie addiction. What is important to remember is that certain of the previous words are interchangeable: replace “discussion” with “interrogation” and “devote” with “obsess over,” and you’ll be able to grasp hold […]

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Driving Ol Burbon

Driving Old ‘Burbon

You know it’s a bad sign when you’ve planned a road trip and one-third of your companions bail before the truck even leaves the driveway. I suppose the troop transport vehicle in which we were about to embark would fall under truck  category; even a twenty-seven year old Chevy Suburban should be allowed its dignity in old […]

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Veal Chops and Toasted Corn Salad

Veal Chops with Toasted Corn Salad

In the summer, I don’t want to think too much about what’s for dinner. That’s what the grill is for, right? Here’s a simple recipe that will make it to the table in less than an hour, but yes, you do have to wait that long. Let the chops marinate at room temperature with an oregano-salt […]

Pan roasted pork chops with capers

Pan-Roasted Pork Chops with Capers

Bone-in pork chops are an overlooked luxury. Chicken is touted as the healthiest animal protein, but pork, that inexpensive other white meat, according to a popular tag line, is comparable to chicken in calories, saturated fats, and cholesterol level. Plus, there is something special about pork that I can’t quite place: the luscious flavor, the crisped […]

Lamb chops with Cherry Sauce

Lamb Loin Chops with Cherry Mint Sauce

Fruit, mint, and lamb are a classic combination in cooking because lamb tends to have a delicate flavor, the perfect foil to add the sweet essence of fruit and a peppery bite of mint. Here, the lamb loin chops benefit from a short, room temperature marinating time with a mint-thyme rub. Sear chops in a heavy […]