Archive for July, 2009


WND – Not waiting on the time or the tide

July 23, 2009


I have a love/hate relationship with America’s Test Kitchen.  On the one hand any recipe you get from America’s Test Kitchen will be absolutely reliable.  It will work as advertised, and it will result in the quintessential version of whatever it is that you’re making.  If you’re looking for the archetypical beef stew, or apple pie, or blueberry slump, you cannot do better than referring to America’s Test Kitchen for a recipe.

On the other hand, in their quest for perfectly replicable results and classic recipes they often end up adding about seventeen more steps than I think are necessary, or am willing to contemplate doing.  I’m sure that their garlic bread with two kinds of garlic – slowly cooked in a little butter until sweet and nutty, and also sprinkled on raw at the last minute for punch – and eight steps is the best garlic bread in the world and if garlic bread had aspirations, this is what it would aspire to be.  But, I also think that’s a lot of work for garlic bread. Read the rest of this entry ?


WND – Who am I to argue with a birthday wish?

July 16, 2009

raspberry carton

Identity is made up of a weird and wonderful shifting mass of collected experiences, memories and adopted mores.  On any given day I will identify as any one of a wide variety of things, some of them mutually exclusive.  I am a graduate of a women’s college – in the case of Bryn Mawr, this is actually more like belonging to a benign cult than anything else.

I carry two passports, and while I don’t know that my world view is specifically Dutch, it is very definitely tinged by growing up in Europe.  I follow American politics with dismay and varying degrees of disillusionment.  I follow French politics with a bowl of popcorn and a fine appreciation for the ridiculous.

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WND – The Naming of Cats is a Difficult Matter

July 9, 2009

potato shells

In it’s greater wisdom, or possibly as the result of a new marketing consultant – and if you’ve ever watched Slings & Arrows you’re going to be tempted to ask if they’re named Froghammer – the Sci-Fi network has rebranded itself as SyFy.  It’s pronounced the same as Sci-Fi.  It has the same line up of shows as Sci-Fi.  It makes the same mind-bogglingly bad movie-of-the-week movies as Sci-Fi.  But now, they’re called SyFy.

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WND – Stupid stupid rain

July 2, 2009

apple cores

If I see one more Dunkin’ Donuts ad for iced coffee to “cool you off during those hot summer days”, or get another email from Anthropologie suggesting “sultry colors for spicy days”, or have to watch another episode of Barefoot Contessa where she picnics outside in the sunshine I may snap and do something drastic. Like move to England in search of the sun, it looks lovely and sunny at Wimbledon.

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