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Gumbo, Graveyards, and Falling In Love

I’m back. Not from anywhere in particular, but here I am. I have missed you all as I have missed these pages on which I scribble my thoughts and my recipes. But for reasons that I’ll just call “life”, I have stayed away.   I was too busy doing not much of anything–too bored and apathetic […]

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Four Birthdays and A Funeral

July 28th is a special day in my life….So many birthdays in my family.   My BFF Lance. My cousin Evan. My quasi-cousin Jennifer. And it was supposed to be the day my first born came into the world.  But he had his own ideas, and arrived two weeks early. But most notably, today is […]

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Going Hog Wild, With Whole Hog

WARNING, WARNING, WARNING: members of PETA and those who do not eat meat, you should prolly keep right on scrolling past this post. I’m from Texas, and we love meat up in here. Fresh on the heels of my post about big (pork) butts, I thought now would be a good time to share with you […]

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But, You Should See My Butt

What is YOUR big but? “But, what? Everyone I know has a big ‘But…?’ C’mon, Simone, let’s talk about your big “But”. —-Pee Wee Herman What? Like you don’t glean little nuggets of wisdom from Pee Wee Herman? That eternally childlike, sexually ambiguous, suit and bow-tie wearing imp from stage and screen? Anyway, he is […]

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Pie Are Square, And Other Reasons I Hated Math

A blast from the past, to celebrate Pi Day……..   I was never good at math.  Like most girls, I excelled in verbal acrobatics and science, but math and history were, well, Greek to me.  Not surprising, I guess, since so much of what we know of math was first contemplated, theorized, solved, and proved […]

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Party Hardy, Mardi

So, today is Mardi Gras, also known as Fat Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday.  In New Orleans, among other places, there will be much revelry. Parades and parties will abound. Booze will be flowing, breasts will be flashed, and beads will be thrown.  I know this will come as a shock to some of you, but […]

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Speaking of Sex, Without Actually

As Valentine’s Day approaches, our thoughts turn to love—both romantic love, and the kind that requires red lace underwear. Love is simple, but it isn’t always easy.  In any intimate relationship, there is the need for both romantic love, and the red lace underwear kind.  The key to a successful relationship is in striking a […]

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Resolution, Schmesolution…..Gimme a Pizza!

Do you have your New Year’s resolutions ready to go? Why? This ritualistic vow has always seemed odd to me. I mean, really….If these life changes are so important, why don’t we start them the day that we’ve identified the need?  Why put off this necessary change until January 1st? Are you pledging to be […]

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A Pressing Matter……Of Duck

A few weeks ago, my grocery store had an unreal deal on duck breast….Normally, they sell a pack of 2 for $24.00,and they are frozen.  But on this day, they had single, fresh duck breasts for $5.00. For that, I could afford to experiment, and if my family turned up its collective nose at the […]

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How To Be Thankful For Boys

This is the month we are Thankful.  Not that we are supposed to be more thankful now than the other 11 months of the year, but this is the month that we actually make a group effort to reflect, recognize, and maybe even verbalize all that we have to be thankful for. I am thankful […]

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