Archive for May, 2011

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TND – Irrational Fears

May 25, 2011

Some people are afraid of clowns. Some people have nightmares that one day their friends will suggest them as a contestant for “What Not to Wear”. I double check that the front door is locked before I go to bed even if I’ve just watched someone else lock it. I also sometimes wake up at 2am thinking that I’ve heard the doorbell ring. I then lie there for 10 minutes wondering whether (a) I hallucinated it; (b) it’s a really polite serial killer; (c) one of our friends having a crise de foie; or (d) someone who has been attacked, made it as far as our front door and managed to ring the doorbell but can’t go any further and when I leave in the morning to catch the bus I’ll discover a dead body on the doorstep and feel really guilty about how I didn’t get up to check. Then I usually roll over and go back to sleep. Read the rest of this entry ?

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TND – There are worse hobbies

May 24, 2011

It’s possible that my spice collection has gotten a little out of control. Between them the sweet spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, etc.) and the savory spices (cumin, thyme, paprika, and about 40 more) take up nearly an entire shelf in my pantry. It’s gotten to the point where the only spices I don’t have are the ones I don’t know about yet. And actually, as of about 3pm on Sunday afternoon that’s not even really true anymore because I now have a bag of dried fenugreek leaves and while I theoretically know of a lot of things to do with them I’m still a little unclear as to what they are exactly, or what flavor they’re imparting to a dish. Read the rest of this entry ?

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TND – No really, say what now?

May 11, 2011

I name dropped epicurious the other day at work and was met by an extremely blank stare and had to mentally rewind the conversation and remind myself that not everyone stalks the new content on epicurious.  Anyway, I moseyed on over to epicurious on Monday to see what was new and was greeted by a whole spiel on weddings – wedding showers, wedding menus, wedding registries, etc.  I clicked on the bit about the wedding registry because I have friends who are getting married in a few weeks and earlier this year they asked around at Dinner for kitchen registry recommendations – what we considered essential kitchen equipment, what kitchen equipment we coveted, and useful vs. useless kitchen gadgets.   Read the rest of this entry ?

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TND – Are We There Yet?

May 6, 2011

I find that I genuinely have nothing much to say this week about Dinner or food. Here are some unrelated things I’ve been cogitating about this week. Read the rest of this entry ?