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Chocolate pecan cherry cake Chocolate pecan cherry cake By Out of the Ordinary 07/22/14 20:24 Hello Ordinary friends! I hope everybody is having a wonderful summer. Ours is melting away in a dreamy succession of trips to rivers and creeks, just as summer should. I took another brief Ordinary sabbatical, and I’ll tell you why. … Continue reading...
Cool tacos for a hot day Cool tacos for a hot day By Out of the Ordinary 07/11/14 19:24 SUMMER JOURNAL I haven’t had much time to write lately. It’s strange how summer days can fill up with delightful clusters of nothing-too-important but something you wouldn’t miss. Of course I’ve been thinking of writing, and I’ve saved up a … Continue reading...
Chickpea flour, herb, and goat cheese “flan” (with chard, fennel and white beans) Chickpea flour, herb, and goat cheese “flan” (with chard, fennel and white beans) By Out of the Ordinary 07/06/14 17:16 On Independence day I read an article about American Expats the world over. It had a picture of a little boy with his face painted like old glory, and the caption said something like, “I’m not a gun-toting unthinking patriot,” … Continue reading →
Chard and fresh mozzarella tart with raisins and shallots Chard and fresh mozzarella tart with raisins and shallots By Out of the Ordinary 07/03/14 19:25 I always feel like I’m waiting for summer to start and then one day I’ll wake up and realize we’re already well into it. These days have been like that. It’s July! It’s sweltering! The boys are rolling around the … Continue reading →
Beet, arugula and French feta salad with pine nut, lemon, rosemary sauce Beet, arugula and French feta salad with pine nut, lemon, rosemary sauce By Out of the Ordinary 07/01/14 19:57 Most years we just grow a few tomato plants and a few herbs, basil mostly. We have a small yard and rambunctious boys and a berserker dog and it never seemed wise to pin our hopes on healthy intact produce. … Continue reading →
Pistachio tart with goat cheese, brie, fresh mozzarella and smoked paprika crust Pistachio tart with goat cheese, brie, fresh mozzarella and smoked paprika crust By Out of the Ordinary 06/27/14 19:00 I’ve been attempting to write query letters of late. I’m not very good at it. I’m not good at selling anything, especially if it’s something I made myself. I read a few rules for how to write a perfect query … Continue reading →
Almond cake with blackcurrants, cherries and bittersweet chocolate Almond cake with blackcurrants, cherries and bittersweet chocolate By Out of the Ordinary 06/26/14 21:38 We’re watching L’eclisse at the moment, so today I’m going to wander around town in low-heeled but surprisingly noisy shoes, looking serious and wistful but bursting into laughter at life’s absurdities. Also, it’s my birthday, so I’m going to claim … Continue...
Warm salad with potatoes, butter beans, spring rage, fresh mozzarella and herbs Warm salad with potatoes, butter beans, spring rage, fresh mozzarella and herbs By Out of the Ordinary 06/25/14 21:08 It’s movie week here at The Ordinary! I seem to be talking about a different film every day, and today will be no different. Today’s installment features Le Corbeau made by Henri-Georges Clouzot in 1943. The film is about a … Continue reading →
Beet and sorrel tart Beet and sorrel tart By Out of the Ordinary 06/24/14 22:15 Bruno is brash, buoyant, impulsive. He leaps into everything without thinking, he’s cheerful, likable, obnoxious. When we first meet him he’s zooming around a silent shuttered Rome in August; it’s a ghost town, everyone is gone already on vacation. He …...
Cashew-almond tamari sauce Cashew-almond tamari sauce By Out of the Ordinary 06/23/14 21:32 Seibei Iguchi is a low-ranking samurai in mid-nineteenth century Japan, in an era when the notion of Samurai as a way of life is fading, confused, dying out. He’s employed as a bureaucrat in a grain warehouse, literally counting beans. … Continue reading...
Peachy guacamole Peachy guacamole By Out of the Ordinary 06/18/14 20:51 Malcolm graduated from elementary school yesterday. Honestly, up until a couple of months ago, I wouldn’t have thought this was such a momentous occasion. A minor transition, maybe. But right now it feels like a huge big deal. I’ve gotten … Continue reading...
Potatoes with honey, sorrel, and lemony herb sauce Potatoes with honey, sorrel, and lemony herb sauce By Out of the Ordinary 06/14/14 16:21 Hello, Ordinary friends!! It’s been a while since we’ve had a Sunday interactive playlist, for the simple reason that we’ve been trying to observe screen-free Sundays. But I noticed a similar line in two songs that are on heavy rotation … Continue reading...
Tart with grilled mushrooms, potatoes and herbs Tart with grilled mushrooms, potatoes and herbs By Out of the Ordinary 06/13/14 20:00 This week, the Guardian UK had this bit of advice from a teacher to any and all parents. “Your kids are not your mates. Something I’m starting to hear with worrying frequency within the primary school setting is ‘my daughter’s … Continue reading →
Savory puffy pancake with chickpeas, tomatoes and chard Savory puffy pancake with chickpeas, tomatoes and chard By Out of the Ordinary 06/12/14 18:01 Some faces are more symmetrical than others. Some lips are fuller, some eyes are bigger, some skin is smoother or paler or tanner. (And, yes, some girls are bigger than others, and some girls’ mothers are bigger than other girls’ … Continue reading →
Out of the Ordinary Out of the Ordinary By Out of the Ordinary 06/11/14 22:26 This afternoon Clio and I walked to school to pick up the boys, as we always do. I looked down at her, and she seemed very serious, head down, ears bobbing as earnestly as ears can bob. Yes, she has … Continue reading →
White beans with sorrel and chard White beans with sorrel and chard By Out of the Ordinary 06/10/14 20:44 It’s so strange sometimes to be an American. In many ways we’re taught that we’re the center of the universe, the richest, smartest, most advanced, most imitated, most moral country in the world. With the biggest, best-prepared military. No amount … Continue...
Butterbeans with quince and caramelized onions Butterbeans with quince and caramelized onions By Out of the Ordinary 06/06/14 18:25 There is shadow under this red rock, (Come in under the shadow of this red rock), And I will show you something different from either Your shadow at morning striding behind you Or your shadow at evening rising to meet … Continue reading →
Ricotta pistachio tart with crispy eggplant and castelvetrano olives Ricotta pistachio tart with crispy eggplant and castelvetrano olives By Out of the Ordinary 06/05/14 19:25 The other day Isaac asked why gold is valuable, and we instantly answered, “because it’s rare.” By this same logic, it’s more thrilling to see a cuckoo than a sparrow or a wild rose than a blade of grass. When … Continue reading →
Chocolate chocolate chip almond, pear, and pimms cake Chocolate chocolate chip almond, pear, and pimms cake By Out of the Ordinary 05/28/14 19:43 May is bird watching season where I live. David and I have ventured out a few mornings into the wild and winding path that is the other side of the other side of the canal. We’ve seen some birds: parulas, … Continue reading →
Red quinoa& farro croquettes with roasted red peppers and hazelnuts (and hazelnut rosemary sauce) Red quinoa& farro croquettes with roasted red peppers and hazelnuts (and hazelnut rosemary sauce) By Out of the Ordinary 05/26/14 21:33 Hello, Ordinary friends! It’s been a little while, and I’ll tell you why. I gave myself a short sabbatical to finish my novel! And now I think it’s finished! What a strange feeling. Finishing a story feels like a real … Continue reading →

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