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Spinach, tarragon and ricotta quiche with a pecan crust Spinach, tarragon and ricotta quiche with a pecan crust By Out of the Ordinary 04/18/14 21:58 Today is spring break! Just today. They were supposed to have a whole week, but after all of the snow days this winter they’re left with just this one day. So we’ve packed a whole week’s worth of fun and … Continue reading →
Crostini with roasted red pepper/hazelnut sauce, capers, and olives Crostini with roasted red pepper/hazelnut sauce, capers, and olives By Out of the Ordinary 04/16/14 17:34 Malcolm yelled “Good luck!” to the bald eagle. Before work on Sunday, the first and only really lovely spring day this year, Malcolm and Clio and I went for a “run.” It was more of a fast walk, because he’d … Continue reading →
Toasted almond shortbread cake Toasted almond shortbread cake By Out of the Ordinary 04/11/14 22:26 There’s a crow in my backyard making the strangest noises: throaty, urgent, with just an edge of rudeness. They’ve been all around my house all day, these crows, calling to each other, calling to me, trying to tell me something. … Continue reading →
Pizza with chard, golden raisins and pine nuts Pizza with chard, golden raisins and pine nuts By Out of the Ordinary 04/09/14 20:29 “O day and night, but this is wondrous strange!” “And therefore as a stranger give it welcome.” I love this exchange. It is, of course, spoken by Hamlet and his friend Horatio, and it is, of course, followed by “There … Continue reading →
Thin sliced roasted potatoes topped with goat cheese, pistachios, olives and capers Thin sliced roasted potatoes topped with goat cheese, pistachios, olives and capers By Out of the Ordinary 04/07/14 20:46 We’re having a sleepy sort of day here at The Ordinary. It’s drizzly and cold and Isaac is home sick from school. He’s mostly feeling better, but he’s subdued and quiet. I found him lying on his brother’s bed, feet … Continue reading →
Pecan & coconut brownies Pecan & coconut brownies By Out of the Ordinary 04/03/14 17:38 There’s an ad I’ve been seeing a lot lately, when I try to watch my shows on the computer. It promises an “all new more everything plan,” and it’s only a slight exaggeration to say that it has me teetering … Continue reading →
Roasted mushroom, pine nut and olive pizza with a mashed potato crust Roasted mushroom, pine nut and olive pizza with a mashed potato crust By Out of the Ordinary 04/01/14 21:05 Sleepy John Estes had a “…tendency to withdraw from his surroundings into drowsiness whenever life was too cruel or too boring to warrant full attention,” according to blues historian Bob Koester. In a strange way, when I read this I … Continue reading...
Roasted butternut, spinach, raisin and pine nut pie Roasted butternut, spinach, raisin and pine nut pie By Out of the Ordinary 03/27/14 17:32 I’m writing a novel. If you’ve spent any time with me you know this fact, because I go on and on about it to the point of tedium; ad nauseam, ad infinitum. I talk about it frequently, I think about … Continue reading →
Salty caramel almond, hazelnut, chocolate chip blondies Salty caramel almond, hazelnut, chocolate chip blondies By Out of the Ordinary 03/24/14 16:59 We’re experimenting with a “screen-free Sunday.” No TV, no computer, no video games. I’d imagined it would be something like the scene from the Simpsons: all the children of Springfield stop watching television and they all venture outside into the … Continue...
Malcolm’s strawberry surprise cookies Malcolm’s strawberry surprise cookies By Out of the Ordinary 03/20/14 21:00 I like most flavors. I love some more than others, obviously, but there aren’t many that I actively dislike. I suppose this is why I’ve always been impatient with picky eaters. I just don’t understand not liking food! And then … Continue reading →
Pizza with olives, capers, caramelized onions and sweet potato mash Pizza with olives, capers, caramelized onions and sweet potato mash By Out of the Ordinary 03/19/14 18:06 Yesterday Malcolm told me that my nickname is “dictionary.” I love it! I more than love it, I’ve decided that I want to be a superhero called “The Dictionary.” I wouldn’t be a snarky sort of superhero who went around … Continue reading →
Colcannon Croquettes Colcannon Croquettes By Out of the Ordinary 03/17/14 21:16 Happy St. Patrick’s day. As far as I know, I’m not Irish in any way, so I probably have no right to celebrate St. Patrick’s day, but that hasn’t stopped thousands of green-beer-drinking Americans, so why should I let it … Continue reading →
Roasted butternut, mushroom and white bean tostada with pecan chipotle sauce Roasted butternut, mushroom and white bean tostada with pecan chipotle sauce By Out of the Ordinary 03/13/14 19:18 Weathered bones just thinking of the wind it pierces my body - Basho All night long the wind seemed to shake the house. It sounded as though it was rushing through the neighborhood, rattling chains and knocking things over. It … Continue reading →
Cadbury mini-egg clafoutis Cadbury mini-egg clafoutis By Out of the Ordinary 03/11/14 16:57 Malcolm was a little cantankerous last week (to use one of his vocabulary words). He was slightly brittle. He became upset and annoyed very easily, he yelled and cried over the slightest things. He goes through these moods sometimes (don’t … Continue reading...
Yellow split pea and freekeh soup Yellow split pea and freekeh soup By Out of the Ordinary 03/08/14 16:20 “After the second day’s march Pierre, having examined his feet by the campfire, thought it would be impossible to walk on them; but when everybody got up he went along, limping, and, when he had warmed up, walked without feeling … Continue reading →
Crepes with chard, olives and tarragon-almond “ricotta” Crepes with chard, olives and tarragon-almond “ricotta” By Out of the Ordinary 03/06/14 22:32 Apparently it’s National Book Day! In keeping with the situation, we’re going to have another installment of our award-winning series, Minor Characters from Major Works of Literature. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about Pierre Bezukhov. Needless to say,...
Mushroom and black bean “meatballs” Mushroom and black bean “meatballs” By Out of the Ordinary 03/04/14 21:28 I have a shocking confession to make. Every morning in the wintertime, when it’s too cold and icy to scamper on the towpath, I exercise by jumping up and down and waving around two cans of beans. As embarrassing as … Continue reading →
Chickpea and farro soup with spinach and tomatoes Chickpea and farro soup with spinach and tomatoes By Out of the Ordinary 03/02/14 16:46 When I was studying film in college, I would make short, strange films. When it came time to show them to the class, I’d stand in back giggling at all of the jokes in my film, looking forward to the … Continue reading →
Savory cake with mushrooms, chard, pecans & pistachios Savory cake with mushrooms, chard, pecans & pistachios By Out of the Ordinary 02/28/14 20:16 “Mom? Someday? Can we go to a junkyard? And bring home junk? And make sculptures with it? What are those things called?” “Sculptures?” “Yeah.” “Um, they’re called sculptures.” “Yeah. You know a lot of people think junk is just junk, … Continue reading →...
Semolina dumpling ring with roasted butternut, butter beans and spinach-almond-asparagus pesto Semolina dumpling ring with roasted butternut, butter beans and spinach-almond-asparagus pesto By Out of the Ordinary 02/27/14 20:45 “I doe now publish my Essayes; which, of all my other works, have been most Currant: For that, as it seems, they come home, to Mens Businesse, and Bosomes.” This is how Francis Bacon prefaces The Essays: or Counsels, Civil … Continue reading →

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