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Epicure
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On Thanksgiving and food…

November 25, 2020
I originally wrote this in 2005. My opinions remain unchanged. With the gastronomic orgy that is Thanksgiving upon us, my thoughts, as ever, turn to food. Good food, to be specific. My turkey will be organic, free-range, brined, and the meat under the skin basted with a mixture of bourbon, brown ...
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    Several months ago I was retained as an expert witness on a fascinating, yet incredibly convoluted litigation.  My role is to be the expert witness for one of the defendants, yet to get the holistic view of what transpired I must look at evidence relating to all the parties involved.  It's fascin...
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  • TOTW: There’s a silver lining, through the dark cloud shining…
    August 2, 2020
    Well, for all the death-toll related to COVID-19, finding a good parking space is still a pain in the ass.  Staying in automobile-free Venice remains a joy, especially with the majority of the tourist crowd absent! Lady Wife and I have broken a record, having stayed together in the same place for...
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    Fat-shaming needs to make a comeback…
    August 1, 2020
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  • Wearing your mask properly…
    July 31, 2020
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    COVID-19 Culinary Musings…
    July 26, 2020
    We have officially been "in residence" in the United States for over 5 months - a longer period than ever in the last 20 years.   And with all the closings, we have dined out exactly twice in the last 4 months.  As much as we enjoy cooking, what was once seen as a "nice change"…
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  • Focus, people…
    June 1, 2020
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  • Mother Nature is a harsh mistress…
    April 25, 2020
    Mother Nature is a harsh mistress: weakness and mistakes are immediately followed by severe crippling wounds.  I think the current COVID-19 situation proves this point perfectly.  The weakness and mistakes in this case were the actions taken to quarantine people needlessly, thus destroying the ec...
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    Still lurking about…
    January 20, 2020
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