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Traveling, Cooking, Reading, and Trains

Stormy weather is soup weather. I dusted off an old favorite: Hearty Minnestrone. You can find the original on the Cooks Illustrated web site. I blogged about this back in November 2011. I’m updating now because I got a new external flash for my camera and this was the first time I used it in …

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The biggest benefit of commuting on the bus is the time I have to read; I get about 90 minutes of reading time each day. Add that to my semi-retirement and I set a personal best for books read last year. My goal since 2009 has been to read at least 8 books per year …

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Back in January I skillet roasted a chicken in my venerable cast iron skillet. The chicken was fantastic but it generated a lot of smoke in kitchen. The oven continued to smoke when we cooked something else in it later in the week. Clearly something needed to be done. Skillet roasted chicken. I had been …

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Since I semi-retired last spring I switched from driving to work to taking the bus. Getting to work and home is very convenient; there is an express bus that runs in the mornings and evenings. But our local transit agency, Trimet get real bungled up when snow hits. I don’t blame Trimet; this area just …

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