Category Archives: cooking

no point.

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 bakers are complaining that something is amiss with hershey’s kisses.the chocolate candy’s trademark tips have been mysteriously missing from batches around the country. they have taken to social media to complain that the lopped-off tops are ruining the look of their holiday treats. without their points, the chocolate candies are left with flat tops.

the hershey company responded to the disgruntled bakers after hearing of a facebook post by the wedding cookie table community group that detailed the problem. company spokesman jeff beckman says they’re reviewing the issue. beckman says hershey has donated baking items to the group as a thank you for pointing out the issue. the candy company has yet to explain what’s causing the missing tips.

“there’s no point in getting too worried about things,

because life is too short.”

-dolores o’riordan – the cranberries (rip)

credits: ap photo/matt rourke, hershey chocolate company, huffington post

soup.

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time well spent

on a cold and sunny day

 listening to music, reading words, and making soup.

 

“there ain’t a body, be it mouse or man, that ain’t made better by a little soup.” 

-kate dicamillo

 

 

 

image credit: jess stockham, illustrator, flip-up fairy tales

 

ninja vs. peaches.

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when i received my ninja 1000

as a wonderful gift

i (aka peaches) was elated

ready to chop, dice shred, blend, puree..

but right from the beginning

it was clear that my ninja had the same plans for me

 every time i used it

my fingers would somehow end up sliced

 everyone i asked who had one

said this had never happened to them

and it was obvious to me

that the ninja was winning.

in my own ninja counter move

i have decided to pass him on

to another potential victim

with the user’s manual, a box of ‘my little pony’ bandaids,

and a wish to both of them for the best of luck.


*tangent: during this saga, i was reminded of the pink panther movies

where peter sellers and his manservant/ninja, cato

were constantly battling in surprise situations

in an effort to keep inspector clouseau in top form. 

*Cato Fong is Clouseau’s Chinese manservant, trained to attack him regularly to keep him alert and skilled in martial arts. Cato and Clouseau have a love-hate relationship, with their fights being long and vicious, as well as destructive to the furniture, and always interupted by the telephone ringing, at which point they will become civil again. Cato puts a lot of effort into taking his employer by surprise, and Clouseau never really feels safe as Cato will stop at nothing. A running gag is Cato attacking Clouseau during a romantic moment, or else Clouseau going away and Cato transforming the apartment.

“only a ninja can stop a ninja”

-sho kosygin

 

 

 

 

credits: united artists, pink panther films

one hot mess.

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french-onion-soup

made a big pot

of bubbling hot

french onion soup

ladled it into little bowls

topped it with

buttered french bread slices

gruyere cheese

broiled it until it was just so

fully enjoyed it

though i knew

my big pan

was going to be tough to clean 

after caramelizing the onions

and 

cooking it for

such a very long time

to create a rich flavor

so 

after our meal

and

emptying out

the rest of the soup

i remembered 

an old kitchen trick

 reheat the pan

on low

with a little

water and dish soap

to unstick the brown bits

making for an easier cleanup

and

went off to work

on an art project

in the other room

music playing

windows open

nice breeze on a hot night

a familiar scent filled the air

wondered why the neighbors

were grilling out so late at night

took a break from the art

to get a drink of water

realized the 

‘grilling’

was going on right in my own kitchen

apparently

i’d forgotten about

my clever cleanup trick

that was fully in process

the water had cooked down long ago

the pan was almost on fire

inside was black and crackling

IMG_0866i quickly turned off the heat

grabbed the pan

with hot pads

put it into my sink

too hot to add any water

let it cool down overnight

in the morning

finally decided to

tackle the scrubbing job

now made so much harder

with the ultra char-grilled pan

went to pull it out of the sink

it seemed a bit stuck

wrestled with it a bit

finally used all of

my upper body muscle power

snapped it out of there

 flipped it over to see why

it was sticking

and

voila!

it had been so hot

that it had melted right to my sink

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and when i yanked it out

it took some of the ceramic with it
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 now

i need

a new pan

and

a new sink

but

damn, that soup was good.

“the only real stumbling block is fear of failure.

in cooking you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude.”

― julia child

 

‘let’s just make something quick ‘n easy.’

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(actual brick, not the frozen chili brick, but a very close resemblance)

it was a blustery night

mg and i had gone out early for a bit 

then later

as we settled in

for a movie

and a place on the couch

in warm pajamas

we had the great idea

to make

something

to eat

that was

‘quick ‘n easy’

we were 

too tired

to even

make sandwiches

and

that’s when

we found it

the massive

frozen brick of leftover chili

the perfect solution

no effort involved

no trouble at all

but

first

we had to get it out

of it’s plastic container

and thought

it would pop right out

but

it was frozen solid to the sides

we used hot water 

and knives

and all kinds of sharp objects

and we wrestled with it

and looked for the scissors 

to cut the container

off of it

and finally

coaxed it out

and

into the pan

where it refused 

to return to it’s original form

and we scraped it

and flipped it

and splashed stuff all over

and tried to chop it up

and chipped away at it 

yet

the brick held fast

and i wished 

we had

a blowtorch

and we were almost sweating

from all the exertion

and we could not stop laughing

at this quick ‘n easy solution

and i heard things like:

‘maybe a sandwich would have been easier after all’

and 

‘i think we’re making some headway with the edges’

and 

we laughed even harder

as it steamed

and simmered

and sputtered

and finally:

‘i want to be positive and not negative, but there is still a lot of it that is frozen…’

and 

it held fast

and we decided to walk away for a time

and when we returned

it had

somehow

transformed

back

to its 

liquid state of being

at last

and 

we poured it into bowls

and it was hot as all get up

and our tongues were on fire

and it 

hadn’t exactly been

‘quick ‘n easy’

but 

it was so worth it.

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leftovers in their less visible form are called memories.

stored in the refrigerator of the mind and the cupboard of the heart.

-thomas fuller

too many cooks make a fine soup

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how do

a dozen adults plus teenagers, toddlers, babies and dogs

all in one kitchen

end up with a perfect meal?

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m and j actively working on their teamwork skills

as the fine web

of family connections

spins and grows

the communal vacation kitchen

thrives and glows.

philmon

“in the long history of humankind…

those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.”


~ charles darwin