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Almond cinnamon shortbread cake Almond cinnamon shortbread cake By Out of the Ordinary 01/24/15 20:39 The other day I thought I lost a scrap of paper. It was just another scrap of paper with words on it, but it was worth fifty dollars, so I felt like an idiot for misplacing it. I searched for … Continue reading →
Small pies with french lentils and greens Small pies with french lentils and greens By Out of the Ordinary 01/18/15 19:54 American Mythologies #5: dress your way/EVERYBODY IN KHAKIS. I ordered some clothes from a certain company and now they are my best friend. They’re so friendly and attentive, and I know they like me a lot because they write to … Continue reading →
Art will out Art will out By Out of the Ordinary 12/31/14 20:23 One night I was laying down, I heard mama and papa talking. I heard papa tell mama, let that boy boogie-woogie, It’s in him, and it got to come out And I felt so good, Went on boogie’n just the … Continue reading →
Roasted butternut and yellow split pea soup Roasted butternut and yellow split pea soup By Out of the Ordinary 12/27/14 22:32 It’s the season for reflection, for looking back on the year just passing and taking a reckoning of all you’ve done or left undone. The wise men of newspapers and magazines are making lists of all the worst and best … Continue reading →
Tarragon pesto pizza with salsify and asparagus Tarragon pesto pizza with salsify and asparagus By Out of the Ordinary 12/21/14 21:59 American Mythologies, #4: Catcher in the Rye is a sophomoric over-rated novel about teen angst. The Catcher in the Rye is a 1951 novel by J. D. Salinger. A controversial novel originally published for adults, it has since become popular … Continue reading...
Potatoes poached with lemon and bay leaves Potatoes poached with lemon and bay leaves By Out of the Ordinary 12/14/14 21:37 A PASTORAL (With photographs) We’re heading into the dark season. Last winter was a particularly long, cold, brutal one, in this part of the world, and it’s hard not to feel a mounting anxiety as the days grow shorter. I … Continue reading →
Chard and goat cheese tart with a mashed potato pecan crust Chard and goat cheese tart with a mashed potato pecan crust By Out of the Ordinary 12/13/14 21:32 Today, friends, we interrupt our series of American Mythologies to bring you a tangential installment of our Films-of-1967 series. As you no doubt recall, David and I arewatching every film ever made in 1967. Every one! We’re making very slow … Continue...
Roasted mushroom and white bean soup (with smoked basmati rice, of course!) Roasted mushroom and white bean soup (with smoked basmati rice, of course!) By Out of the Ordinary 12/06/14 19:49 American mythologies #3: The end is nigh. In America everybody will try to sell you something. That’s how the system works. Your waiter wants you to buy another drink, at the food store they want you to buy a lot … Continue reading →
Smoked basmati rice!!! And smoky red lentil and pine nut croquettes Smoked basmati rice!!! And smoky red lentil and pine nut croquettes By Out of the Ordinary 11/29/14 20:14 Well, I’m still thinking about American mythologies, and today I’m thinking about our creation myths. Maybe because it’s Thanksgiving-time, or because I’ve been helping Malcolm study for his social studies test, I’ve been thinking about the birth of our...
Black rice, french lentil, roasted mushroom croquettes Black rice, french lentil, roasted mushroom croquettes By Out of the Ordinary 11/23/14 20:54 I like the idea of Roland Barthes’ Mythologies. Have I read them? I have not, not even a smicker of them, as our Malcolm used to say. Will that stop me talking about them? It will not! According to my … Continue reading →
Pizza with pecan sage pesto and roasted mushrooms and potatoes Pizza with pecan sage pesto and roasted mushrooms and potatoes By Out of the Ordinary 11/22/14 20:48 I’m feeling a little foggy in my brain lately, and if I’m being honest I’ve been in a bad mood. A terrible bad mood. (As opposed to my usual wonderful bad mood.) I’ve been epically discouraged, and I don’t really … Continue reading →
Roasted turnip, spinach and walnut pie Roasted turnip, spinach and walnut pie By Out of the Ordinary 11/10/14 22:30 Well, time is folding in on itself again. The boys had two days off school, and we went for a long walk to my favorite field, and I realized that this was the same weekend that we went last year, … Continue reading →
PIne nut and sundried tomato sauce PIne nut and sundried tomato sauce By Out of the Ordinary 10/26/14 22:41 When I was in high school, our English teacher handed us a xerox (or maybe it was a mimeograph, this was a long long time ago). It contained words in sentences, but there was nothing to identify it. No title, … Continue reading →
Kale, castelvetrano and pistachio purée (and croquettes) Kale, castelvetrano and pistachio purée (and croquettes) By Out of the Ordinary 10/18/14 22:34 Back in the summertime, I could, and probably did, start every post with, “Malcolm and I went for a walk after dinner.” We haven’t gone for too many walks lately. He’s in school, now, middle school. He’s a busy boy. … Continue reading →
Eggplant and sweet potato tart with pistachios and pine nuts Eggplant and sweet potato tart with pistachios and pine nuts By Out of the Ordinary 10/12/14 18:54 Last night I had trouble sleeping, as I often do, and I started thinking about thoughts. I thought specifically about how some thoughts are like mosquitoes. They buzz around your head, flying with sudden noise into your ears and eyes. … Continue reading...
Golden split pea and tomato soup Golden split pea and tomato soup By Out of the Ordinary 09/26/14 19:57 Isaac ends his sentences with an ascension. His voice travels upwards at the end of each thought. Sometimes it trails upwards in a lengthy and leisurely fashion. Sometimes, when he’s indignant, it rises sharply to unhearable heights. It sounds like … Continue...
Smoky eggplant-pistachio mince, and Turnovers with eggplant mince, white beans, roasted peppers and olives Smoky eggplant-pistachio mince, and Turnovers with eggplant mince, white beans, roasted peppers and olives By Out of the Ordinary 09/20/14 17:49 I have a new job. I like it a lot, but I still feel like I’m just getting used to it. I have these strange anxiety dreams that have nothing to do with the actual job–waitressing anxiety dreams, or middle … Continue reading →
Tarragon ice cream Tarragon ice cream By Out of the Ordinary 09/18/14 19:38 Many ages and ages ago, I told you that David and I are going to try to watch as many movies from 1967 as we can find. And I promised I’d tell you all about them. Well, we’re making a … Continue reading →
Eggplant croquettes Eggplant croquettes By Out of the Ordinary 09/13/14 20:58 If you’re familiar with The Ordinary at all, you’ll know we’re big fans of Square America, an online collection of found photos: the kind you see in yard sales and flea markets, the kind that make you a little sad, … Continue reading →
Almond tarragon cookies Almond tarragon cookies By Out of the Ordinary 09/06/14 21:04 It’s been such a strange week, with Malcolm starting middle school and summer coming to a close and me sort of starting a new job. I’ll tell you what I keep thinking about, the image that keeps playing over and … Continue reading →

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