KITCHEN WISDOM

  1. Preheat the oven. Nothing in life that matters, or that is worth it, happens without putting in a little time to get things going. By the same token, any new endeavor will need time to get rolling properly. Never judge anything too soon.
  2. Baking powder and baking soda sound alike, but they are not the same thing. The same is true for people. No two people are just alike. We make disastrous comparisons if we think someone we meet who reminds us of someone we know will be just like the other person. No matter how alike they sound and look, they are not the same thing.
  3. Use fresh ingredients when you are able. Every cook from time to time has to use frozen or canned ingredients. Nevertheless, fresh is always better. Whatever you are working at, avoid the trap of copying someone’s canned or frozen work. Use your own fresh ideas. It is always better.
  4. You probably need an emulsifiedownloadr. An emulsifier is milk, eggs, butter–something to help things blend together. In groups of people, and systems of people, it should be someones job to make certain everything blends well. If no one is doing that, you might have to be the one.
  5. You may need something acidic. In cooking, my two favorites are vinegar and lemon juice. These ingredients are not something you taste in the food, but their acidic content brings out the flavors in the ingredients. People who conflict with us, or who challenge us, are acidic agents that can be useful in helping us define who we are and establish our priorities. They make us taste better to an unsavory world.
  6. Try some fat. Fat is a dirty word in health circles, nevertheless, fat is loaded with flavor. No life can be emotionally or spiritually healthy if there is not a little ‘fat’ in it.
  7. Do not cook in a hurry. If you do, chances are greater you’ll burn your food or miss an ingredient. Take your time and enjoy the process. It is a crime against our own humanity to rush through the stages of life, always anxious for the next big thing. Enjoy the moment, and give thanks for it.
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    FISH AND SLAW SANDWICH

    Cook alone, eat with someone else. The purpose of cooking is eating, and eating is a spiritual endeavor. We were meant to live in community, not isolation.

GREENBEAN’S 2011 FAVES #2: COOKIES

We’re counting down my favorite blog posts from 2011.  As I said in the previous post about alien movies that the top three really all tie for first.  This one makes the cut just because I had so much fun writing it.  Tomorrow, the #1. 

UNFORTUNATE COOKIES (original blog title)

Today my beautiful wife, Mrs. Greenbean, accompanied me to lunch at one of our favorite local eateries.  The theme of the cuisine is Asian and I find their beef yakisoba noodles the best in town.  Mrs. Greenbean enjoys the shrimp fried rice.  When our meal was over, the wonderful server brought our tab along with two fortune cookies.

I, as always, gave mine to Mrs. Greenbean.  I hate fortune cookies.  It is the only cookie I do not like.  What is there to like about it?  Fortune cookies have the consistency of porcelain and the taste of Formica.  I bet they are even held together with asbestos.  I deplore them.

I find nothing fortunate about being given such a tasteless wafer that I, spontaneously today, told my wife that these were really “unfortunate cookies.”  Suddenly the thought occurred to me that I should make and sell by the large bundle “Unfortunate Cookies” which had messages of doom inside of them instead of the flighty optimism of fortune cookies.  I bet someone else has already thought of it, but just in case no one has I spent some time and a little gray matter working on what I might shove into my mass marketed “Unfortunate Cookies.”

  • Today, someone will think of you and swear under his/her breath.
  • Watch out, the IRS is aware of your presence.
  • It is likely that something in your home, car, or yard will break this week.
  • Your children are probably doing things they shouldn’t.
  • There is an unpleasant medical test in your future.
  • If you were better looking, you’d probably make more money.
  • Chances are the meal you just enjoyed was prepared by someone who doesn’t wash hands after using the potty.
  • Is your tetanus up to date?
  • While you were eating your boss checked your work area and examined your productivity.
  • Do you know a good lawyer?  You might need one soon.

It was a surprise to me how much fun and delight I had thinking of these ‘soft’ curses.  I felt like Balaam from the Old Testament.  I suppose if the “Unfortunate Cookie” business doesn’t work out, I might be able to carve out a niche as a gloomy greeting card writer?  One can only dream.

UNFORTUNATE COOKIES

Today my beautiful wife, Mrs. Greenbean, accompanied me to lunch at one of our favorite local eateries.  The theme of the cuisine is Asian and I find their beef yakisoba noodles the best in town.  Mrs. Greenbean enjoys the shrimp fried rice.  When our meal was over, the wonderful server brought our tab along with two fortune cookies.

I, as always, gave mine to Mrs. Greenbean.  I hate fortune cookies.  It is the only cookie I do not like.  What is there to like about it?  Fortune cookies have the consistency of porcelain and the taste of Formica.  I bet they are even held together with asbestos.  I deplore them.

I find nothing fortunate about being given such a tasteless wafer that I, spontaneously today, told my wife that these were really “unfortunate cookies.”  Suddenly the thought occurred to me that I should make and sell by the large bundle “Unfortunate Cookies” which had messages of doom inside of them instead of the flighty optimism of fortune cookies.  I bet someone else has already thought of it, but just in case no one has I spent some time and a little gray matter working on what I might shove into my mass marketed “Unfortunate Cookies.”

  • Today, someone will think of you and swear under his/her breath.
  • Watch out, the IRS is aware of your presence.
  • It is likely that something in your home, car, or yard will break this week.
  • Your children are probably doing things they shouldn’t.
  • There is an unpleasant medical test in your future.
  • If you were better looking, you’d probably make more money.
  • Chances are the meal you just enjoyed was prepared by someone who doesn’t wash hands after using the potty.
  • Is your tetanus up to date?
  • While you were eating your boss checked your work area and examined your productivity.
  • Do you know a good lawyer?  You might need one soon.

It was a surprise to me how much fun and delight I had thinking of these ‘soft’ curses.  I felt like Balaam from the Old Testament.  I suppose if the “Unfortunate Cookie” business doesn’t work out, I might be able to carve out a niche as a gloomy greeting card writer?  One can only dream.