Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Happy birthday to me! That’s my son Lucas cutting the cake — a yellow cake with orange glaze. My wife Julie made it for me from the King Arthur Flour cookbook. It’s a superb recipe. My daughter Nora is the big baker in the house, but she has been in bed all week with the flu.

I turned 52 today. Man. It’s a wonder I didn’t break a hip or nothin’.

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