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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 — 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…

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…

Getting Stoned, Part One: The Day My Gallbladder Betrayed Me

That’s it. Tomorrow I’m calling the doctor and we’re going to figure this shit out. I say this to myself while I lie in our guest bed, clutching…

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I must confess that fishing has never been a great passion of mine, as it seems to require more patience than I normally have on hand. But cooking…

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Of course the finest way to know that the egg you plan to eat is a fresh one is to own the hen that makes the egg. —…

19 Times Waffles Guest Starred on Parks and Rec

19 Times Waffles Guest Starred on Parks and Recreation

Because this is important information. Waffles are my latest Favorite Thing. If I had Oprah’s clout, and released a list of my Favorite Things every year, there would…

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It was obvious that the egg had come first. There was something dignified about a silent passive egg, whereas Aunt Irene found it difficult to envisage an angel…

Maryland-Style Scrambled Eggs with Old Bay

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Egg dishes have a kind of elegance, a freshness, an allure, which sets them quite apart from any other kind of food, so that it becomes a great…