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Happy New Year from Scratch Baking

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A care packages of goodies from Scratch Baking Company arrived for us today; dog cookies, bagels and coconut cake. While Sallie went right in (she’s the boss, what can I say) all the dogs got a cookie. And dined later … Continue reading

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Alton Brown and me

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I like to eat. Alton Brown likes to cook. You would think this was a match made in heaven but so far, he has yet to drop by the DogWalk and make me a pie. Hmmmm… pie. But, he has … Continue reading

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Dern ye, ya shoulda taken d’pie

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When I was fifteen, I worked as a cook for The Viking Village Smorgasbord on Snelling Ave in St. Paul, MN. It’s not there anymore and someone long ago turned the building into a furniture store. A few decades have … Continue reading

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The analog still rules. My takeaway from #140conf NYC 2012

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The #140conf was held last week at the 92Y in New York City. We were there. It seems like every year, going to the conference is like being at Woodstock; the one in 1969, not the fake ones that tried … Continue reading

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We should be careful about filling people with ambition

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I had a pretty lively discussion with someone on the twitter this morning who had some strong opinions about how everyone should be self-employed and that we should quit relying on “The Man” for a job. I expressed some concern … Continue reading

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Visiting London on a Sunday morning

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“Do you drink coffee?” he asked me eagerly as soon as we shook hands. With a broad smile and cheerful flourish, he was already digging into his bag, giving me a pound of coffee from The UnseenBean. Gerry (Gerard) Leary … Continue reading

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The negotiation

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Zoey wanted the corner seat. This is her negotiating with Snickers the cat. Send to KindleTweet

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I apologize, Governor Kasich

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Dear Hon. John Kasich, Governor of Ohio; I apologize for my sight-sightedness with respect to my opposition to your state education budget cuts and SB5, which sought to limit bargaining rights for teachers. Clearly these were bills designed to give … Continue reading

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Fannie and her big blue car

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We had just moved into the big house on Van Buren Ave. in St. Paul in 1968. There were only four of us kids then, my two younger sisters were still babies. My mom didn’t know anyone in the neighborhood … Continue reading

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The black and white Girl Scout cookie

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Am I the first to discover this little secret? Take one Girl Scout Trefoil and one ThinMint. Put them back to back and they make the perfect taste combination. Did you know the Girl Scouts have a cookie-finder app? Me … Continue reading

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Living it up on St. Patrick’s Day

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This is us tailgating outside JD Custard, getting drunk on single scoop vanilla custard. Don’t worry; Rufus drove us home. And he didn’t eat the custard. Send to KindleTweet

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Mugging for social media

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If you’re gonna make a movie that features a dog and that movie wins Best Actor and Best Picture of the Year, we’re gonna have a thing or two to say about it. I’m talking about The Artist starring Uggie … Continue reading

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Living in the land of plenty

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I remember growing up in St. Paul, there was a donut shop on University and Dale that made the best raised donuts in the world. They were big and my favorite was a chocolate with crushed peanuts on top. We … Continue reading

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Hipster puppy

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Our intern Zoey is also a fashion-forward puppy. Here she is modeling a pair of hipster glasses. Send to KindleTweet

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Find your little heart place

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Yesterday, a friend of mine who lives in New York City sent me a box of cookies from Levain Bakery. If you have never had a cookie from them, go right now and get one.. or two. I’ll wait. Aside … Continue reading

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