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Dastardly Dropsies

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

A couple weeks ago, I had an unfortunate bout of the “dropsies.” No, not dropsy as in the old word once commonly used for edema (swelling), rather the colloquial kind whereupon you clumsily drop everything you touch. Sadly, two of my favorite pieces of kitchenware met their fate in as many days.

The first to swim among its brethren was my beloved Pisces coffee cup from, heck, at least my teenage years. The next day, my garlic dish for grating fresh garlic with no risk to the knuckles and easy-peasy cleanup. Both, gifts from Mom.

The front of the mug says “The Fishes” on the top piece, Pisces at the base. Here’s what the back reads:

Pisces, February 19 – March 20
Jupiter – Planet
Water – Element
Virgo – Complement
Generous, Sensitive and kind, You are an imaginative person
- i.e., Elizabeth Taylor, Caruso & Jackie Gleason,
Gem – Aquamarine
Flower – Jonquil
Color – Azure
Numbers – 9, 12, 33

What’s kitchen item have you broken that made you the saddest? What’s its story?

Hummus Helper

Monday, July 11th, 2011

The other day my Dad was telling me how his most recent experience with store-bought hummus was a huge letdown. He described it as being too thick and… I don’t remember all the adjectives, but suffice it to say, he thought it pretty bad.

In the future, he said he’d be getting it from Neomonde‘s. I think I mentioned them before. They make real Mediterranean food. It was a big container of their sinfully delicious hummus and a bunch of cut up veggies (ok and some dark chocolate) that sustained me on the ~15 hour drive back home from my visit in North Carolina earlier this year.

Anyway, here’s a great tip for those times you have cruddy hummus, i.e., you didn’t have the time to make your own or get some real stuff. I actually don’t mind the brand with which he had the negative experience, but there are definitely some I avoid. One was like whipped hummus or something, though they didn’t tell you that. It was the reverse of the thick and pasty issue, instead being super airy like it came out of an aerosol can. Yuck.

OK, back to the hummus helper: Simply grill up some peppers — red, orange, and green — and throw in a hot too, if you like. This was just delicious and makes for a super-simple repair job.

The little round ones with the seeds poking out are thai chilis. :)


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