Can’t Talk, Eating – Again

August 7, 2018
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It was our turn to host Can’t Talk, Eating, the quarterly dining club we share with three other couples. Due to scheduling conflicts, we once again had the summer slot, which was the season for our first meal in the series. Not wanting to repeat the “summer harvest” theme of that dinner, we arrived at […]

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Ninth Annual Birthday Dinner

May 18, 2014

The date for the 9th annual birthday dinner for She Who Must Be Obeyed had been chosen months ago. Two weeks before that date, it was decided that the web site for Secret Internet Project (post to follow, I promise) would go live on May 1. My menu planning up to that point had been no more […]

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Eighth Annual Birthday Dinner

June 11, 2013
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I have been busy as of late due to a new full-time job, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been cooking. The cooking has continued, I just haven’t had the time to write about it. When I realized a month had gone by without my posting about the annual birthday dinner for She Who Must Be Obeyed […]

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Seventh Annual Birthday Dinner: Menu

May 12, 2012
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I‘ve been busy, preparing to host the seventh annual birthday dinner for She Who Must Be Obeyed. I’m trying something different this year, focusing on a “whole hog” dinner theme instead of a longer series of smaller, labor-intensive courses. Here’s the menu: Charcuterie   Green Eggs & Ham Primevo Lambrusco di Sorbara Pig Kidneys, sage, leeks, potatoes […]

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Staff Meal

September 7, 2011
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Although I do the majority of the cooking at Chez Belm, I don’t do all of the cooking. Occasionally She Who Must Be Obeyed steps in and cooks something that she likes that isn’t something I usually think of when planning dinner menus. Such was the case when she announced that she wanted to make gazpacho. […]

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Fun with Wieners, or Charcutepalooza Challenge 6

June 10, 2011
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I want to go on record as having decided to make hot dogs weeks before some idiot named Wiener thought he could lie about how Twitter worked. He should have “The Internet is Forever” tattooed backwards across his chest like Leonard Shelby in Memento; a permanent reminder that The New York Post will find any […]

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An Angry Bir(d)thday

May 2, 2011
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Left to his own devices, Who Will Not Be Ignored would play Angry Birds obsessively until he dropped from exhaustion. That doesn’t prevent him from thinking about the game when he’s not playing it, or calling our attention to this YouTube video. The less than subtle hint was that he hoped we could produce a […]

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The View from the Hill

January 4, 2011
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I‘ve previously written about the history of the hill on which I live; it was the location of a fort that was instrumental in preventing the British from advancing into Boston and Cambridge. You can read a brief history here, and view a period map here. This year the unseasonably warm weather drew us out […]

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Bent Out of Shape

December 7, 2010

He Who Will Not Be Ignored came home yesterday with another reading comprehension homework assignment, the usual “read the story and answer questions” exercise that bores him to tears. Sometimes the story is just that – a short piece of fiction – but sometimes it’s a factual article or news report. Regardless of the content, […]

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Cookies Are Not Causation

October 22, 2010
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He Who Will Not Be Ignored will not eat M&M cookies; he believes that they make him sick. It’s not a decision he arrived at arbitrarily, it is, in his mind, supported by hard evidence. Four years ago, while driving him home from a doctor’s appointment, I offered to buy He Who a cookie as […]

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