winter

Up here in Scotland we’re in the middle of what one friend calls “the tunnel”. Back in November I bumped into him on the street in St. Andrews. He said, “We’ve entered the tunnel. We won’t come out until February.” Northern living is challenging at this time of year. The mornings are dark – pitch dark, bump-into-walls-while-making-coffee dark. The afternoons are even darker. Light seeps into the sky around 8:45 and starts to drain out again by 3:30. I’ve never been so acutely aware of the winter solstice. We actually count the days we achieved since December 21st. The good […]

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By Riki Shore As I write this, the Southern California sun is streaming in my dining room, bleaching everything it touches and raising the indoor temps to above 80 degrees. Crazy for January, no? And yet, I’m craving beef stew. It must be all the East Coast winters of my childhood that make me crave cold-weather dishes at this time of year. This stew is inspired by a recipe in Michael Psilakis’ wonderful cookbook How to Roast a Lamb. Everything I’ve made from that book is incredible, but he often calls for a long list of ingredients. I’ve simplified his […]

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