Archive for September, 2010

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WND – For His Heart Was Pure

September 23, 2010

Most dinners, no matter how simple they are, seem to produce a disproportionate number of dishes. Even just grilled chicken with greens and roasted sweet potatoes, which is close to the easiest dinner I can think of, requires two pans and a baking sheet to cook. That doesn’t even take into account the prep tools (grater, knife, dish to marinate the chicken, chopping board), or the serving dishes. The cooking part of dinner I quite enjoy, the cleaning up portion of the evening less so. Thus, the meal that can be made in one pot, contains all the elements of a balanced meal – protein, starch, vegetable – and, as a bonus, can be made in 45 minutes or less is the holy grail of week night cooking. Read the rest of this entry ?

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WND – Recipes & Advanced Math

September 17, 2010

When they teach you things in school they never tell you why they’re going to be useful. I think this is a failing. I mean, I was the kind of kid who generally speaking liked school, and was never particularly averse to learning things just because, but even I might have been more enthusiastic about certain subjects if they’d been prefaced with some kind of practical application.

Granted, I never needed a real world application for learning about post Enlightenment revolutions in Eastern Europe or reading Jane Austen. This is probably a good thing because I’m not sure that 10th grade me would have been convinced by the argument that I would desperately need to know 19th C European geography in order to read a newspaper one day. I might have been on board with the idea that learning how to parse an English text would stand me in good stead for critical readings of Ethan Allen commercials and the problematic racial narratives of wildly lucrative, if not very good, movies in later years. Then again in 9th grade I didn’t pepper my conversation with words like agency, heteronormative and paradigm, so maybe not. I did, however, use words like parse, because see above about being that kind of kid. Read the rest of this entry ?

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WND – Each Peach Pear Raspberry?

September 9, 2010

The first week after Labor Day always makes me feel vaguely misanthropic. I wander around Boston thinking, ‘who are all you people, and why are you cluttering up what was my nice empty city?’ Double that sentiment for every time I have to avoid the hordes of students who have invaded. I’ll get over this in a week or so, but right now I’m still wishing it was summer and the city was empty and you could be guaranteed that nothing useful would happen after 11am on Friday. Read the rest of this entry ?

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WND – Resistance is Futile

September 2, 2010

I had ambitions towards an entire meal from the farm stand – tomatoes, corn, zucchini, salad, melon, nectarines. I was doing pretty well – tomato tart, corn & zucchini salad, salad with nectarines, melon – and then I got to the soup, at which point it all fell apart. My problem was not a lack of summer soup recipes. I have stacks of summer soup recipes. My problem was that I was already using so many summer ingredients in the rest of dinner that there weren’t really any leftover to use as a base for soup without repeating myself. Read the rest of this entry ?