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Traveling, Cooking, Reading, and Trains

I recently subscribed to Food Network magazine. Perusing my first copy I realized how spoiled I’ve become with Cook’s Illustrated and Cook’s Country. I think the Food Network magazine is more than half advertising. But I persevered and found a few recipes to try. This  week we tried the dumpling soup; a version of the …

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We had a great Thanksgiving; with quite and adventure with one of the turkeys. We figured we’d have about 16 people this year; which is pretty typical. But the good news is I’d have some of the extended Thompson clan to give a little balance to the Austin crowd. My nephew Carr came down and stayed …

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My best friend in junior high school was Bob Newlon (Bob where are you?).  We also were good friends all through high school. We lived maybe 4 miles apart; in junior high and would trek through the desert to one another’s houses. The trip was much easier in high school on our motorcycles. I had a Honda …

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Halloween 2010 I made gumbo a few years ago but was not at all happy with it. The roux never “took” and the okra made it pretty slimy. So, late summer when I saw a recipe for it in Cook’s Country (A version of the recipe is here) I was doubtful I could pull it off. But …

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