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Hibernation Clam Chowder

New England Clam Chowder Pen and Palate

illustration: tram nguyen

 

A few weeks ago, while divvying up the grocery shopping, Rob and I accidentally doubled up on the bacon. I noticed this at the end of our excursion and tried to amend the mistake, but Rob balked, insisting that we were past the point in our shopping trip of putting things back (!!) and that we would merely have to live with our mistakes. To be fair, once I start second-guessing my grocery choices I am unstoppable in the “hold on let me just swap these six things super-quickly” department. In an effort to keep the peace, I snuck only one package back onto the shelves. So we ended up with four pounds of bacon.

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Smoked Bucatini Carbonara

Pen and Palate Smoked Bucatini Carbonara

illustration: tram nguyen

 

I spent last week in LA, where the plan was to do daily yoga, eat lots of kale, go surfing a few times, and otherwise stick to a very strict schedule of internet-free writing. Obviously, I did none of this. Instead, I spent the week sampling exotic ice cream flavors, wasting time on the internet, walking in search of everyday establishments like drug stores that seemed mysteriously few and far between, and gorging on carbs and Mexican food.

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