Monthly Archives: November 2012

Magic Hedge

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When a tree dies, it is no longer protected from the forces of decay. A dead tree, whether standing or fallen, becomes a nutrient-rich haven for insects and animals.

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After a tree falls, the rotting process hastens. The down wood sucks up moisture and holds it through the dry summer months. This reservoir of moisture attracts insects and fungi, which in turn draws birds and other wildlife. Its structure also provides cover and protection from prey.

Grandpere

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I learned about a technique to fortify sweet potato with limestone overnight, and then candy the sweet potato through seven days of cooking down in sugar. It works for other fruits and vegetables as well. This Monday I am taking the introductory class at the French Pastry School, with a gift certificate from my friend Laura.

feed chicago steak night blue cheese butter

Etta took me to feed for steak night. We got there right when they started serving, 5 PM- the early birds. For fifteen dollars you get a hangar steak and 2 sides. The steak is smaller but that means there’s crispy edges in every juicy bite. The tail end was so caramelized and lustrous. The blue cheese butter was tangy, rich and satisfying. For sides I got macaroni and cheese and French fries. The fries were handcut- damn good.

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For dessert I got one banana bread pudding for there, 2 to go, and 2 slices of confetti cake to go as well. The server asked if I was stocking up the for week. Not that I won’t pay $$$ for good cake, but my point is when do you get a piece of good cake for 3.50. You got to stock up.

Rutabaga

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Chef Rick said that the difference between the food at Frontera Grill and Topolobampo is like comparing a rustic, authentic meal found at a family’s table in a small town in Mexico to the modernist techniques on display at the new temples of cooking in Mexico City.

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Chef Rick said the service at Topolobampo is similar to that found at the three star Michelin restaurants in the French countryside, personable and warm- as opposed to the silent and crisp servers in suits at 3 star Michelin restaurants in Paris.

Live Tweeting the Election

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Bill Maher ‏@billmaher
I know everyone’s feeling stressed about the election – I suggest some deep breathing exercises – breathe in…hold the smoke..breathe out
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long lines nyc 3rdarm

Eric Ripert ‏@ericripert
8:43 PM New York in a looong line around the block on my way to vote…freezing cold but Cheers I will cast my vote..
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Matt Gross ‏@worldmattworld
I am hiding from #Election news behind a wall of pork and bourbon. Suggest you do the same.

Miss Darling ‏@MissDarlingXOXO
I ignored this election (for the most part) until today because it gives me anxiety to think about. Now its finally here and I have anxiety.

Arthur Mullen ‏@3rdarm
@MissDarlingXOXO “I suggest some deep breathing exercises – breathe in…hold the smoke..breathe out” RT @billmaher

Miss Darling ‏@MissDarlingXOXO
@3rdarm haha, I would but I’m preggers – no toking for me!!!

Matt Gross ‏@worldmattworld
My pork wall is crumbling RT @martinjmarks FLORIDAAA! 154,000 lead for Pres Obama, w 56% of vote counted!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! #election2012
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Arthur Mullen ‏@3rdarm
@MissDarlingXOXO my bad I heard its a boy way excited for you

Miss Darling ‏@MissDarlingXOXO
@3rdarm aww thanks!! i’m hoping it’s a drag queen personally haha

Arthur Mullen ‏@3rdarm
@MissDarlingXOXO then i hope she is is large, in charge, chunky, yet funky, bold and beautiful, like Latrice Royale!

Miss Darling ‏@MissDarlingXOXO
@3rdarm YESSS my favorite drag queen!!! hope she wins RuPaul’s All Stars Race!!

Nate Silver ‏@fivethirtyeight
On The Wall, The Writing.
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Arthur Mullen ‏@3rdarm
Re the wizard. He was right then, he is right now

Dylan Byers ‏@DylanByers
TWITTER: “just hit 20 million election-related tweets which makes today (election day) the most tweeted about event in US political history”
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Albert Brooks ‏@AlbertBrooks
CBS just called Florida for Bush.
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voting nyc 3rdarm

Eric Ripert ‏@ericripert
I DID IT!!!!!
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jodikantor ‏@jodikantor
When Romney lost to Kennedy he lay on the floor with a white lily and said “welcome to my funeral.” What will he do tonight if he loses?
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Barack Obama ‏@BarackObama
We’re all in this together. That’s how we campaigned, and that’s who we are. Thank you. -bo
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Barack Obama ‏@BarackObama
Four more years.
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jodikantor ‏@jodikantor
My friends downtown say the Empire State building just turned blue.
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Nate Silver ‏@fivethirtyeight
This is probably a good time to link to my book: http://www.amazon.com/The-Signal-Noise-Predictions-Fail-but/dp/159420411X …
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jodikantor ‏@jodikantor
Page one.
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Early Voting

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Etta and I stopped in Big Jones for dinner on a cold night, the eve of the election. Despite my heart being set on shrimp and grits, the family style meal called out to us. I was going to order more on top of that but the server rightfully suggested I wait and see how much food was coming. To eat we had not-too-sweet cornbread with butter, way buttery and cheesy grits, warm and tangy giant butter bean stew, well seasoned collard greens with ham and turnips, and the main event, fried catfish and hush puppies with remoulade and pickled slaw.

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The fish was classic and satisfying from the tasty batter to the spicy tang and crunch of the pickles and the creamy bite of the remoulade. For dessert the server again cautioned me to take it easy, and so I relaxed and ate the included piece of spice cake. And I ate most of Etta’s piece. To drink she had a manhattan and I had a stomach settling housemade ginger beer. With the dessert we split a glass of tawny port.