Longleaf Stories

full circle in the hundred acre wood

So a couple of years ago I bought two adorable little All-Clad individual baking pans, thinking I would cook, I don’t know, individual eggplant parmigiana or crab casseroles. Instead, except for a couple of goes with roasted veggies, they’ve pretty much remained secluded in their adorableness in a cupboard under the island cook-top bar. That …

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Hot and humid, followed by tornado warnings, lashing slantwise rain, thunder rumbles that seemed to go on forever, and lightning strikes that lit up the chain link fence and scared hell out of the dog. I spent most of the day pondering and wandering. One of those days where I started in the foyer, opening …

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Last Thanksgiving I decided “enough” with all this cooking. It makes a mess, takes up a lot of time, and what’s the difference anyway, right? A roast turkey is a roast turkey. So I went to the dark side and ordered Thanksgiving dinner for eight from my local grocery store. A side dish called “ambrosia” …

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First frost of the season. Lou, our chocolate Lab, is eager to get out in it and explore. One more swallow of steaming black coffee and I’m ready, too. All three million olfactory receptors in her nose are on high alert. We head to the woods and enjoy a fine, brisk walk as the sun shoots bright …

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