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January 18, 2009

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Walking into Tamra's house for
dinner was like stepping into my
childhood kitchen--it was the smell
more than anything. She and Andi
were just finishing a two-day project:
boiling down big beef bones to extract
the marrow. When a child, my mother
and babi likewise converted cast-off
animal parts into nutritious food.
Gizzards, joints, necks, knuckles--
you name it. It was their Old World
way. Hell, as a kid I even liked
tripe, but I admit to being slightly
traumatized by the time I
looked into a big pot and
a pig head stared up
back at me.