Archive for October, 2008


WND – Rambling & Minature Corn

October 30, 2008

There are certain places that are quintessentially emblematic of a particular region or aesthetic.  It’s like they’ve been designed to fit a stereotype and they’re a little Stepford in how well they succeed in conforming to our expectations.

Gruyere in Switzerland is like that – although in fairness, a lot of Switzerland is a little Stepford.  Gruyere is what happens when Hansel and Gretel escape from the wicked witch and decide to go into urban planning.  There are cobblestone streets lined with neatly whitewashed houses with geraniums in every window box.  There’s a fountain in the middle of the town square, and there are flower arrangements in old wells (geraniums, of course – we knew my mother had lived in Switzerland too long when she started to buy geraniums for outside planters with a complete lack of irony).  In the winter, snow rims the eaves and icicles hang in neatly ordered rows.  Because this is Switzerland I’m sure that the inhabitants are trimming the icicles if they get longer than the regulation limit.

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WND – Becoming My Mother & the Promised Lamb

October 23, 2008

I had a mildly horrifying realization the other day.  I’m becoming my mother.

No offense to my mother, who is a charming and lovely lady of whom I’m quite fond, but I feel emphatically that I’m too young to turn into her.  Not the least of which because it means I’m that much closer to an unhealthy obsession with the temperature of my freezer.
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WND – Not Lamb Stew

October 16, 2008

This is the story of the lamb stew that wasn’t.

It starts with losing two members of Dinner for the foreseeable future – one to an internship at L’Espalier, and the other to rehearsals for a play.  On the one hand, those are obviously good things and we’re pleased for them.  On the other hand, we won’t get to see them as much and that’s sad.  And, on a third hand, they are coincidentally the two people at Dinner who don’t like lamb which means that while they’re off not coming to Dinner I can serve lamb to my heart’s content.

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WND – No Dinner

October 9, 2008

Dinner was cancelled last night due to me being sick earlier in the week, and while feeling better on Wednesday I was still decidedly unenthusiastic about food.


WND – Consoling myself with starch

October 2, 2008

I’ve been feeling disenchanted with the Food Network lately. It seems like every time I turn it on there’s a food travel documentary or the secret history of something or other airing. Admittedly I find the fact that carbonation is the secret ingredient in slurpees fascinating, but it’s not really what I’m flipping to the Food Network to watch. They have a roster of new shows and they all feel like they’re trying too hard. None of the new hosts really look at ease behind the camera, and none of them are endearing enough that I want to watch them anyway. This is a problem since they’re also not cooking any food that I’m interested in watching them make*. Read the rest of this entry ?