- I've paid off the last of my lingering credit card debt. The monkey is off my back! (For now, anyway.)
- The big IRS portion of my tax refund arrived. Ahhhhh. Knock on wood, I can actually start to amass some savings to see me through the summer.
- I just picked up Madhur Jaffrey's Quick and Easy Indian Cooking. I'm excited about experimenting with new recipes, especially ones that don't require a huge amount of effort after the workday. (I'm going to politely ignore the amount of fat that some of the recipes include, for the moment.)
- Speaking of cooking fat, I was searching for a recipe for chopped chicken liver, which led me to a recipe for schmaltz. Shudder. It's entirely possible that I will try that someday just for the tinkery challenge of it – especially with my increasingly greasy and well-seasoned cast iron pan – but it makes me mildly ill just to look at the pictures of the ingredients in process. I really don't understand how my Ashkenazi ancestors ever lived past the age of 50 in the pre-modern era.
- I sometimes wonder what it felt like to be one of those first proto-Ashkenazim who emigrated so far north of the Mediterranean that they could no longer acquire olive oil for pareve cooking.
"Well, the only fat we can even get out here in the boonies is butter. How are we supposed to cook meat without oil?"
"I dunno. You think we could maybe just render animal fat into cooking grease?"
"Oh, yeeeeccccccch! That's gross, man!* But....I guess I don't have any better ideas. Go get the meat pan — and, uh, maybe some onions just to make this seem a little less nasty."
- Some geeky anti-MOOC brilliance here. It makes me wish more people tried to formulate ideas in Yoda's (apparently native?) grammar and syntax. Seem smarter and more insightful, it makes things.
Fork in the road
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