All posts by Ned White

Ned White

About Ned White

Ned White is an author, photographer, crossword constructor, humorist, traveler through 49 states, and an avid cook. He lives with his wife in South Thomaston.

The Grand ah-WHOOM: the Big Bang, Inflation, and authentic Basque Sauce

The entire history of the universe right here (Wikimedia Commons image)

We’re surrounded by “the ultimate free lunch” that is our universe – but a lot of it really isn’t free. Some semi-geeky thoughts on the Big Bang, Cosmic Inflation, southeast Colorado, and two delicious-looking Basque recipes.

Peggy Sue, juiced, social capital in Maine, must-see dance event

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Smorgasbord today… Peggy Sue’s paradiddles in Clovis New Mexico, what’s really in your orange juice?!, introducing what social capital is all about in Maine, and a strong plug for a truly eye-opening, breathtaking dance performance next weekend at the Strom Auditorium.

Contact!, SETI, the “Wow” Signal of ’77, wild and weird New Mexico

The VLA in tight "D" formation. Three arms of tracks are each 13 miles long. (photo by Ned White)

What is New Mexico, anyway? A kind of sprawling “grand opera” of science, mystery, ancient tradition, and persistent puzzlement – seen through the lenses of wild-eyed physicists, dedicated astronomers, legions of New Agers and light-workers, centuries-old Spanish, Pueblo, and nomadic Indian cultures…

Classic French bread boules — A scatter of voices

Classic French bread

Overnight (but minimal kneading) classic French bread boules with crunchy crusts… and a collection of voices, recorded and live, that shock, calm, and entertain, with some fun audio samples.

Bourbon chocolate pecan cookies – a love letter to Cuprum, Idaho

bourbon pecan chocolate drop cookies

Deliciously addictive gluten-free (or not) chocolate chocolate chip cookies with bourbon, pecans, and coconut, and a memoir about two journeys to one of the smallest and remotest communities in the lower United States: Cuprum, Idaho.

Perfect pea soup — some Downeast directions, and crazy-*ss “coincidences”

Pea soup made with a hambone, ham, and half a can of evaporated milk.

A delicious pea soup recipe, Margaret checks in with memories of Theo Blake giving directions to out-of-state drivers, and two completely off-the-wall, crazy-making coincidences in my life that make you wonder if they’re *just* a coincidence. The jury’s still out…

Taste-tingling chicken parmesan — Escape to Sicily

chicken parmesan

A recipe for some very, very good chicken parmesan (sometimes presented as chicken parmagiana) – plus, some dumb Americans, a sojourn to Trapani, Sicily, and what does the term “marinara” mean, anyway?