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Finnish foods remind me of my father’s cooking

What are your earliest food memories? A pancake doused in maple syrup? The taste of your mother’s milk? The wonder of cotton candy? Mine I realize, are the foods of my father. Pancakes made on a large aluminum griddle that … Continue reading

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Anything you say will be held against you

Anything you say will be held against you. No, you are not among friends. We do not like you. Anything you say will be held against you. What part of that do you not understand? No, you do not fit … Continue reading

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A panther in the copse

If you don’t know what I mean about the hairs on your neck standing up, think about a cougar, a puma, a panther in a tree right behind you. It could be there. There are scratch marks on a live … Continue reading

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Pickled carrots and jalapeños/ zanahorias y jalapeños en escabeche

  Did you ever eat at Chapultepec’s on Bissonnet? I don’t know if it is still open or the same. But it used to start with a thin squash soup. The pickled carrots and jalapeños were on the table, slightly … Continue reading

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Why I won’t be shaking your hand

I feel bad, literally and figuratively, about shaking hands. I like greetings. I like the joy of meeting people new and old. I like giggling over whether we are in France with two cheek kisses, actually air kisses as you … Continue reading

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Discover the Texas Hill Country

The way people talk, you might think the entire Texas Hill Country has been divided up into 5-acre ranchettes, with towns like Fredericksburg selling faux Texana and cotton candy to Houston tourists in plaid shorts. Perhaps if you want to … Continue reading

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Japhet Creek, Houston jewel just north of the Ship Channel

What if we banded together to save a tiny corner of trashed Houston and brought it to natural beauty? The north shore of the ship channel might not be the first place you would think of, but then you would … Continue reading

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