Howdy: let's just say that I've been very very busy.
One of the things I've been learning to do is to set up an eBay store: my ex-husband publishes my calendar, along with some beautiful ones of his own, and we've started a store. They're discounted: $10 each with discounted shipping for multiple purchases. (Thank God for Bob, who is otherwise a Luddite: he knows his eBay!)
Anyway, I hope to post more soon, but will be fairly scarce for the month of December, because work has to take a priority right now, and that includes selling the calendars.
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We had one of the best Thanksgivings ever, thanks to all our daughters being with us, and the very special presence in our home of Simon Majumdar, who is traveling all over the world, eating amazing things. Think "British Bourdain" if you will. He's writing about about all his experiences, which have been astonishing to date.
If you want to read a beautiful example of his writing, read "Finally Finland: A Feast from a Princessa." And if you want to read his account of spending Thanksgiving with us, go to his other weblog, Dos Hermanos.
(Pictured above is the 25-pound organic turkey I roasted for our party of thirty-plus. YOWSAH!)
Friday night, Simon came back over and cooked a Bengali feast for ten, and it was nothing short of exquisite. If you can think of anything to add to his remaining tour, contact him (leave a comment on one of his blogs, I'd say). I think he's done in the United States, but has Asia and Africa coming up next. Eight more months!
He is one of the most intelligent, companionable people I've ever met, and I can highly recommend him for his wit, his warmth, and for the breadth and depth of his culinary knowledge.
So that's it for now, and I'm working on getting an eBay widget installed here. I thought I was a good midlevel geek, but this new technology. Sheesh! Hey, you kids! Off my lawn!
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Another announcement, more great news. One of my best friends, Cynthia Sandberg, has a beautiful blog, GrowBetterVeggies.com. Cynthia's fame has spread far beyond Santa Cruz, where she was renowned as The Tomato Lady up in Ben Lomond. Now she's growing for one of the best-known restaurants around, one of only seven four-star rated San Francisco Chronicle restaurants, and with two Michélin stars. She's gone from organic to biodynamic growing, and the process has been fascinating. From no one else do I get phone calls asking me if I know where to find cow poop from a cow who has given birth. We were sitting in the audience waiting to hear Anthony Bourdain last week, and she got a text message from her assistant, "Ask Tana about horse manure."
(Please, none of you follow suit.)
Go subscribe to her blog and you might be the recipient of a pack of special tomato seeds. (But stay for the show: she really really really knows her stuff.) You can read more about Cynthia from the early days of this weblog: The Tomato Curator.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "They say the sun never sets over the British Empire, but it rises every morning. The sky must get awfully crowded." —Steven Wright
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