Magic Green AP Sauce

I haven’t been in school for over ten years, much less in full-on “Back 2 Skool” mode. And yet, like clockwork, every September rolls around and I’m eager to get back to the mellow routine of whatever a schoolyear without anyone in actual school might feel like. (We do call Jack’s wonderful daycare “baby school,” […]

Cheap Chic: Return of the Lobster Carcass

You guys remember this. Summer of Terror, 2009: Death and Lobster Rolls. Welp after a six-month deep freeze, I’m hauling out the variety bucket of lobster-carcass-parts and, um, dead lobster juice. I mean, that is, the – theoretically very tasty – water in which we cooked the lobsters. And I’m making lobster stock. Because, buddies, […]

Cioppino, or: return of the lobster carcass

You guys remember this. Summer of Terror, 2009: Death and Lobster Rolls. Welp after a six-month deep freeze, I’m hauling out the variety bucket of lobster-carcass-parts and, um, dead lobster juice. I mean, that is, the – theoretically very tasty – water in which we cooked the lobsters. And I’m making lobster stock. Because, buddies, […]

Gra, SJ

A few months ago, I learned that my good friend Joe from college was living in Chicago. ┬áHe had come to town after finishing the Jesuit novitiate and starting seminary at Loyola, and when we met up shortly before the holidays, we hadn’t seen each other in at least a year (probably more, now that […]

“I want to move in with this salad,” part deux: Le Nicoise

Another salad that is a true jam: The Nicoise. Once upon a time I’d look upon this and think, “Random assortment of boiled and brined vegetables. Plus tuna. Hm. Undesirable.” But I’ve since become quite fond of certain olives (except those gnarly black ones from a can, actually… are my tastes so subconsciously ensnobbed that […]

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