This is Me on Brevity

I talk too much. I definitely eat too much. And I write too much.

Back in July I vowed to do shorter posts. Heh…see the novellas that ensued. But since the excess of Christmas looms, let’s try this again. We rented a cottage on Hood Canal for Thanksgiving. It was adorable, well appointed, a great deal and takes dogs.

BB did the bulk of the cooking, and I’ll respect his first rights to blog fodder as he brags about his insane short-ribs, lamb shank pasta, turkey and mashed potatoes. Much of them are already here at Eat. Think. Drink. but I think he should brag some more. If nothing else, about w’s crazy pumpkin cheesecake and ginger snaps.

I just wanted to share two things:
1) The grilled stix lunch / app we put together, inspired by snax at Biwa and Tanuki. Simple, quick, all using some combo of: lime, fish sauce, garlic, brown sugar, chili, soy. Pretty unanimously I think they ranked: pork belly #1, quail #2, tofu #3, scallops #4. Last-minute-pickled Japanese turnips, turnip tops and Chinese spinach added a bit of acid. Together, they were a nice complement to refreshing beverages provided by our in-house mixmasters.

2) The oysters, we plucked off the beach just steps from the cottage. The triplet we threw back.

The bowl we ate. At 10 pm. After a huge dinner. (Tides were super high during the day, so we had to wait til night.)

That’s cool: a dip in the icy waters and a salty slide down our throats is just what we needed to chill out between heated rounds of Mille Bournes.


  1. bb Said,

    December 11, 2009 @ 4:10 pm

    I can’t believe I didn’t see this post ’til now. You, my dear friend, have plenty to brag about. Yopur simple snacks were so simply delicious! I just brought leftovers and threw an old bird in the oven. I do agree about the bragworthiness of w’s desserts!

    BTW…that guy holding the triple oyster looks drunk!!

  2. Liz (price) shinohara Said,

    January 19, 2010 @ 12:22 pm

    It IS you!!!!! I recognize your picture. Just fell back onto the face of the earth and am trying to find my buds….. Mail me if you can and if you get this and if you forgive me for falling off


  3. Ernie Diamond Said,

    March 3, 2011 @ 12:35 pm

    Here I am! Please let me know what I can do to help pave the way to my purveyor of calvados in Bayeux. To hell with safe travels, have fun!


  4. Jake Dear Said,

    March 3, 2011 @ 8:15 pm

    Hello deniseds,

    This is Jake from Chowhound. I’m enjoying your blog (esp. the France posts). We live about 2 blocks from Butterfield in SA — “small world” indeed. I’d also like to see Ernie Diamond’s Google map pages for the Calvados farm as well — if you could pls send them to me. ( — you never know, we might swing by on one of our future trips . . . .


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