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Groundhog Day Cupcakes

by admin on February 13, 2010

Groundhog Day is my favorite holiday.

It is the only holiday that is not political, religious, or involves candy. I know there was a bit of inconsequential political agitation this year to replace my beloved Punxsutawny Phil with a robotic groundhog but that seems to have met with an appropriately chilly reception. If groundhogs could give the finger, Phil surely would have.  But instead, the Prognosticator of Prognosticators simply saw his shadow and muttered under his breath … F— You … six more weeks of winter. [click to continue…]


Ever on the lookout for ways to make a living as a writer, I’ve been exploring the food writing niche. And after some diligent research, I’ve come to the conclusion that it’ll be close to impossible to make any dough at it.  There are already a million would-be M.F.K. Fisher’s out there on Chowhound, Zagat, Gayot, Yelp, etc. etc. etc. all working for free. I did find an online posting for a paying job writing original recipes that feature beer but it only pays 5 bucks a pop with a five recipe limit.  Puh-leeze.

MFK Fisher - awfully skinny for a food writer

And even if I could land a plum job writing for a “real” media outlet, I’d have to cultivate that bizarre foodie wordplay favored by writers like Irene Virbila of the Los Angeles Times.
In a recent review about the pretty delish downtown bistro Church and State, Irene described the escargot as “witty.”  Well, I don’t know about you but I don’t necessarily want my snails to be amusing or clever nor do they need to hold their own at the Algonquin roundtable.   [click to continue…]


Brother Al Michaels: Never met a Vegetable he could call a Friend

I’m thinking about my brother today; peerless NBC Sports play-by-play announcer, Al Michaels.

I’m using his hockey tickets tonight since he’s still wrapping up after the last NFL Game of 2009; the Dallas Cowboys vs. the Washington Redskins on NBC Sunday Night Football and I’m thinking that he’s a pretty great sports announcer, a pretty great brother, and a pretty picky eater.
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