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I love chocolate cake for breakfast. It sets me up for the day. A little decadence is good for the soul. — Peggy, in Menna van Praag’s The House…

plum cucumber salsa

Fresh and Spicy Plum Cucumber Salsa

My home has been inundated with fresh fruits and vegetables. As part of my β€œI’m short one organ so I’d better get my ass in gear” healthy eating…

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It was not her sex appeal but the obvious relish with which she devoured the hamburger that made my pulse begin to hammer with excitement. — Ray Kroc

Paralysis by Analysis: When All the Information Still Isn’t Enough

I can tell you lots of things. Lots and lots and lots of things. About how digestion works, about the gut microbiome, about how the gallbladder works (or…

strawberry shortcake with lemon whipped cream and strawberry-lavender-balsamic reduction

Strawberry Shortcake with Lemon Whipped Cream and Strawberry-Lavender-Balsamic Reduction

{We’re almost exactly a month in to my New Normal. My new, gallbladder-less existence. Things are going better than expected, food-wise. Physically, I’ve been frustrated β€” despite the…

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Grilling is like sunbathing. Everyone knows it’s bad for you but no one ever stops doing it. — Laurie Colwin

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Always eat grapes downward — that is, always eat the best grapes first; in this way there will be none better left on the bunch, and each grape…

Getting Stoned, Part Five: The Slightly Naughty Rabbit

{Two weeks ago I was cut into and poked and prodded and a part of me was taken out. This is the story of those two weeks, as…

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Once at least in the life of every human, whether he be brute or trembling daffodil, comes a moment of complete gastronomic satisfaction. It is, I am sure,…

Getting Stoned, Part Four: A Foodie Goes Under the Knife

Are you wet yet? From all of my tears coursing through the interwebs and through your screen and onto you? No? Okay, just give it a minute. You…

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The artichoke above all is a vegetable expression of civilised living, of the long view, of increasing delight by anticipation and crescendo. No wonder it was once regarded…

Getting Stoned, Part Three: Make Surgery Great Again

I’m in yet another doctor’s office. This one is a double-wide office space β€” one long counter, with nurses popping in from either side to call patients back….

ALS Bites! Campaign Comes to Columbia

Remember that ice bucket challenge that went viral a couple years back? (This is still my all-time favorite challenge video, by the way — few things in this…

Getting Stoned, Part Two: Nowhere to HIDA

{The gallbladder saga continues. If you missed Part One, you can find it here.} He (I’ve decided this bastard of a gallstone is a male, as well as…

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My son, Jaws II, had a habit that drove me crazy. He’d walk to the refrigerator-freezer and fling both doors open and stand there until the hairs in…