Andy’s Corner


Welcome to “Andy’s Corner” of Big Little Meals, where Andy has free rein (reign??) to get off script now and then.





Hoping for a Coo Coup: Confessions of a Bird Lover (Posted by Andy, 6/30/2020)

ShyAnn: Fierce Defender of our Home – or a Chicken? (Posted by Andy, 6/15/2020)

A Horse Named “Sugar” (posted by Andy, 5/19/2020)

Beans and Oligosaccharides: A Culinary Aid to Social Distancing (Posted by Andy, 4/20/2020)

Zero = P on the S: An “Aha!” Opportunity (posted by Andy, 4/7/2020)

More Debauchery – The Addams Family in our Basement (posted by Andy, 3/24/2020)

Spotted WHAT? (posted by Andy, 3/17/2020)

Ya Got Trouble – right here in Glen Ellen (posted by Andy, 3/10/2020)

I’m So Square the Rest of the World is Hip (posted by Andy, 2/11/2020)

Thinking About Soup-or Bowls? (posted by Andy, 1/28/2020)

New Beginnings: Moving from Higher to “Hire” Education (posted by Andy, 1/14/2020)

Avoiding the Kitchen-Clean-Up Blues – Andy’s 2020 Playlist (posted by Andy, 1/2/2020)

When You Turn 80 The Proof Isn’t Always in the Pudding (posted by Andy, 12/17/2019)

Making Swedish Pancakes is Not for Sissies (posted by Andy, 12/3/2019)

Oakley’s Secret: A Tailless Dog’s Tale (posted by Andy, 11/19/2019)

When the Crowd Went Wild: My Moment of Basketball Glory (posted by Andy, 11/5/2019)

55 Sierras of Romeo Chatter  (posted by Andy, 10/22/2019)

The Cupertino Effect and Basketball Lingerie (posted by Andy, 10/8/2019)

An Airbnb for the Birds (posted by Andy, 9/24/2019)

Bored Games and Turning the (Kitchen) Table (posted by Andy, 9/10/2019)

Ignatius Reilly and Lucky Dogs – Rediscovering A Confederacy of Dunces (posted by Andy, 8/27/ 2019)

I Blog Therefore I Am – Perhaps (posted by Andy, 8/13/2019)

Searching for Jerusalem Crickets (again) (posted by Andy, 7/30/2019)

Weight Lifting, a Baby Swan, and a Tea Bag Dinner Party (posted by Andy, 7/16/2019)

When the Coffee Wallah’s Daughter Crossed Over to the Dark Side (posted by Andy, 7/2/2019)

Coffee Wallahs and the Walking Dead: Notes from the Wild Rivers Cycling Tour (posted by Andy, 6/18/2019).

Gone Cycling: Have an Existential Breakfast Burrito on Me (posted by Andy, 6/4/2019).

Thomas the Tank Engine Goes to College (posted by Andy, 5/21/2019).

Toasting with an Empty Vessel and Other Violations of the Mess (posted by Andy, 4/23/2019)

Erratum for the Great Skateboard Caper (posted by Andy, 4/9/2019)

The D-o-g P-a-r-k Rules: All about Pooping in the Park (posted by Andy, 3/26/2019)

Tidiness and Maxwell’s Demon in My Workshop (posted by Andy, 3/12/2019)

Gag Me with a Spoon: The Trials and Tribulations of Childhood Discomfort Food (posted by Andy, 2/26/2019)

In the Beginning Was Raggedy (posted by Andy, 2/12/2019)

Is One Egg Un Oeuf? (posted by Andy, 1/29/2019)

Bike Lessons from Vietnam (posted by Andy, 1/15/2019)

WHAT IF Fortuna is More Than Just a Clever Name for a Cat? (posted by Andy, 1/2/2019)

Bidding STAIRwell to 2018: big little stairs with big little puns (posted by Andy, 12/18/2018)

Rabbit Ears and Yelping in the Ivory Tower (posted by Andy, 12/4/2018)

Andy’s Handy Dandy Milk Crate Pie Transporter (and possible jail time) (posted by Andy, 11/20/2018)

When Cowboys Grow Up (posted by Andy, 10/23/2018)

Existentialism, Doorstops, and Breakfast Burritos (posted by Andy, 10/9/2018)

Skateboard Scooters and Big Sister Justice: Maybe a Vivid Memory (posted by Andy, 9/25/2018)

A Tale of Two Kitties: The Best and Worst of Times (posted by Andy, 9/11/2018)

How to Bond While Chasing the Hatch with a Purple Haze Trico (posted by Andy, 8/28/2018)

Gone Fishing (posted by Andy, 8/10/2018)

Puppy Love in the Flower Garden (posted by Andy, 7/31/2018)

World Famous for 44 Seconds (posted by Andy, 7/17/2018)

Yukon Queenie: Swiftest and Strongest Lead Dog in the Northwest? (Posted by Andy, 7/2/2018)

Bicycles and the Hand of Clod in Amsterdam (Posted by Andy, 6/5/2018)

The Cowgirl and the Coach: A Somewhat Modern Fairy Tale (Posted by Andy, 5/22/2018)

My Biscuits in Print? Perish the Thought. (posted by Andy, 5/8/2018)

Cops and Cows: Chino in its Hay Day (posted by Andy, 4/24/2018)

Foxtail Tales (posted by Andy, 4/17/2018)

War Babies, Blackouts, and Other Cool Things About April (Posted by Andy, 4/10/2018)

Generational Limbo- Caught Between the Silents and the Boomers (Posted by Andy, 3/27/2018)

Should I Pair my Rich Green-Sauced Oysters Rockefeller with Sauvignon Blanc or Pinnotheres Pisum? (posted by Andy, 3/13/2018)

¿Cómo trabajo el @%&# control remoto? Or, Lost in translation (posted by Andy, 2/27/2018)

Is Love a Many Splendored or Splintered Thing? (posted by Andy, 2/13/2018).

From a Souped Up Lotus to a Lotused Up Soup (posted by Andy, 1/30/2018)

When the Rubber Meets the Road – or putting my acorns where my mouth is (posted by Andy, 1/16/2018)

It’s the Thought that Counts (posted by Andy, 1/3/2018)

Why I Don’t Crab About Fishing In Louisiana (posted by Andy, 12/19,2017)

A Nut By Any Other Name Would Smell As Sweet – Just Ask Any Squirrel (posted by Andy, 12/12/2017).

Chicken-Speak and Freeze-Dried Mealworms: How I Came to Love Local Eggs (posted by Andy, 11/28/2017)

Bear With Me: My Night Job as a Wildlife Photographer (posted by Andy, 11/14/2017).

Thinking Inside the Box: Hobgoblin of Little Minds or Avoiding Misery? (Posted by Andy, 11/7/2017)

Wildfires and Creamed Chipped Beef  (Posted by Andy, 10/23/2017)

Blogging to the Beat of a Different Drummer: Searching for Jerusalem Crickets (Posted by Andy, 9/26/2017)

Why I Sometimes Carp About Fishing (Posted by Andy, 9/12/2017)

Beans and Donuts: A Survival Story- Part II (Posted by Andy, 8/29/2017)

Beans and Donuts: A Survival Story– Part I (Posted by Andy, 8/12/2017)

Big Little Puns (Posted by Andy, 7/30, 2017)

Syrian Stew and Retsina: Sort of a Love Story (Posted by Andy, 7/16/2017)

Big Little Scrubbies: Reflections on the Meaning of Life in the Kitchen and Beyond (Posted by Andy, 7/2/2017)

White Bread or Brown Bread: A Matter of Taste or of a Great Social Divide? (Posted by Andy, 6/18/2017)

The Cook’s Dilemma: Tidy vs Messy in the Kitchen  (Posted by Andy, 6/4/2017))

When Simple Is Not Always Simple (Posted by Andy, 5/21/2017)


  1. theRaggedys says:

    Thanks for sharing your cat names, but I don’t know. It looks like you have number of clever names in the mix. Not that I would ever suggest that you may be an “attention-grabbing poser.” Also, do you know why the cat who was crossing the desert thought that he was at the North Pole? Because he looked down and saw Sandy Claws. So sorry about that. I have been waiting for many years for an excuse to tell that one.


  2. Carolyn Hall says:

    Pet names in our family (all cats): Mountolive and Mehitabel (guess what I was reading). Feiffer (for the cartoonist). Abner . . . because we liked it? Tigger (the most obvious, silly name, but by far the best pet ever!). Angelina Popolina Fineberg (named by four-year-old Jenny). Miss Kitty (feral cat not around long enough to “earn” a real name). Clara (after Clara Bow, the “it” girl). And Paws (current companion). He was “Claws” when we adopted him. We thought it a kindness to soften it to Paws. Next in line? Who knows.


  3. OMG – 2 of the highlights I experienced in Israel – Singing the Jerusalem “The Holy City” song as we entered the city on the bus, and the incredible food fresh from the farm. Can’t wait to try these recipes of yours, they look incredible. I started making hummus when I got home, still can’t make it as good as they can. What I had was from scratch. they make the tahini fresh in the restaurant blending the sesame seeds themselves. You could choose from 5 main courses cooked fresh in front of you! my mouth is watering. Thanks for sharing, I love your blog. When I retire I want to attend your private cooking school, or better yet just come visit and eat.


    • theRaggedys says:

      Thanks for the comments. Your Israeli trip sounds like a wonderful experience both food-wise and culturally. You are always welcome to visit (and eat). You will have to talk to Ann about the private cooking school; I am mainly the dishwasher around here.


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