Posts Tagged ‘comfort food month’


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Go ahead, take a bite.

Yeah, I know. They’re so not good for you. They’re deep-fried balls of dough coated with an obscene amount of sugar, averaging at least 300 calories each. And that’s not counting colored sprinkles or a dip into a luscious, velvety chocolate bath, or being shot in the middle with custard, cream, or jam.

But, OH! Who can resist a friendly doughnut? What’s that? You’d prefer a honey glaze?


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(Chronicle Books, 2009), PB ages 4-8, 40 pp.

Holy Pepperoni!

Have you ever seen Tony Gemignani toss pizza dough?

He’s a veritable legend and superstar, a master of pizza acrobatics that will make your jaw drop as he flips, twirls, whirls, rolls and spins pizza dough. Flying high with no fewer than nine World Pizza Championships, Tony first gained fame as a tosser, but later earned serious chops for creating the winning Neopolitan pizza at the World Pizza Cup in Naples, Italy. This made him the first non-Italian citizen to win this highly prestigious prize in the city where pizza originated.


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“I believe 100% in the power and importance of music . . . I don’t know much about God. But if everything does originate with God, then certainly songs do as well.” ~ James Taylor


So, it’s all about comfort here at alphabet soup this month, and whenever I want to lick my wounds, find my center, or just kick back and reflect, James Taylor, who turned 61 yesterday, is my man.

Not too long ago, a fan forum on Facebook asked us to name our top five James Taylor songs. Immediately, these came to mind:

Carolina in My Mind
Sweet Baby James
Close Your Eyes
Long Ago and Far Away
You’ve Got a Friend

All but the last are Taylor’s own compositions. Each is gorgeously lyrical, calming and reassuring. His unmistakable, warm baritone voice has been described as the equivalent of a photogenic face. Some things just come to this world whole and perfect.


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