“Food beyond compare, food beyond . . .

Belief.”  And we know not what goes in the mincer of the innkeeper, Thénardier, in Les Misérables.  The innkeeper cooked the goose in more ways than one.  From Victor Hugo’s masterpiece came the musical Les Misérables, performed this past weekend by local high school students.  We checked out our next-door neighbor’s performance.  Great job, fair bishop!  On my bookshelf, an English translation of this piece of literature which was begun in 1845 and completed when Hugo was living in exile.   Victor Hugo, 1802-1885.     




Chowder for the Wolf at the Door

When 10 pounds of potatoes and a couple dozen ears of corn show up unannounced, welcome them home to the chowder pot. After transforming our

Apple Soup Sendoff

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Peppered Corn Meal

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