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April 22: four things.

April 22: four things.

asks:
15, 38, 47 [=

wentwinchester:

h-loooo:

15. What is your “Song of the Week”?

Sylvan Esso, “Coffee.” I keep hearing it on the radio and digging it. 

38. Who is better… Leno or Letterman?

I wish I knew how to answer this question. I’ve never watched late-night talk shows, but not because I particularly disliked them. I don’t do a lot of shows in general lately. I did watch Craig Ferguson regularly for a little while and developed a bit of a crush on him. The faces he makes! It dissolves me.

47. Ever eat a pierogi?

It’s funny you ask that! Never. I saw some in the frozen section of the grocery store the other day and thought, “I need to try those sometime.” Because I dearly love a potato. Do you recommend any brands or kinds in particular? How do you eat them? With what? Now here I go with the questions.

Thanks for answering! Well, I had a good reason to ask you this question. I was born in a Slavic country, from where the word pierogi originates, that is Poland. Hm, it actually depends on what they are stuffed with, if it’s meat you just put some baked onion rings on them and voilà! They can be stuffed with almost anything I love pierogis stuffed with plums and enriched with some sugar or even whipped cream :P I love potatoes too, I recommend another traditional polish meal - “Kotlety Schabowe”, referring to wikipedia “..variety of pork breaded cutlet coated with breadcrumbs similar to Viennese schnitzel, but made of pork tenderloin (with the bone or without), or with pork chop.” I’ve never eaten it with breadcrumbs, only oily onion potatoes! ;) It sounds terribly unhealthy, but well, hell, it’s worth it!

All those versions of pierogis (and the Kotlety Schabowe) sound marvelous, and you’re clearly an expert — thank you for the tips!

brevetcaptain: I, too, am a broth devotee! 

I’m one of those people who, when they go to restaurants, taste things repeatedly, furrow their brows, and try to figure out what’s in it so they can duplicate it later. This can be obnoxious, so I try not to be too obvious about it.

 So I found a picture of the very mussels: 

I don’t know how to make Stitt’s broth, but based on how it tasted, I suspect sorcery is involved. 

I have, however, made this, and I recommend it enthusiastically. (Warning: it’s Ina, so the word “good” appears three times in the list of ingredients.): http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/mussels-in-white-wine-recipe.html.

Do you make a lot of broth? What are your favorites?

asks:
15, 38, 47 [=

15. What is your “Song of the Week”?

Sylvan Esso, “Coffee.” I keep hearing it on the radio and digging it. 

38. Who is better… Leno or Letterman?

I wish I knew how to answer this question. I’ve never watched late-night talk shows, but not because I particularly disliked them. I don’t do a lot of shows in general lately. I did watch Craig Ferguson regularly for a little while and developed a bit of a crush on him. The faces he makes! It dissolves me.

47. Ever eat a pierogi?

It’s funny you ask that! Never. I saw some in the frozen section of the grocery store the other day and thought, “I need to try those sometime.” Because I dearly love a potato. Do you recommend any brands or kinds in particular? How do you eat them? With what? Now here I go with the questions.

asks:
4, 19, 21

4. Where is your next vacation?

That is an excellent question because it looks as though my next vacation will also happen to be my honeymoon. The short answer is somewhere warm. It’s looking like an island in the Caribbean somewhere, or maybe Italy. I just sent this article to D last night and told him we should go to Malta and visit the set where the live-action musical Popeye was filmed. We have a hard time making decisions sometimes. I will report back.

19. What do you drink with dinner?

When I’m being good, I usually have a glass of water. I prefer it fizzy.

I randomly caught some daytime program a few months ago (it was probably Dr. Oz) in which one of the guests was arguing that you shouldn’t drink much water with a meal because it dilutes the digestive acids that help you break down food. She said that if you drink a lot of water while you’re eating, it makes the food slosh around for a long time in your gut. I don’t know if this is true, but it made a kind of logical sense to me. So I try to have just a few sips while I eat. It has seemed to make a difference.

If it’s not a school night, I cherish a hoppy IPA or two, or a big glass of something red. 

21. What is your favorite food/cuisine?

Tough one! I like every national and regional cuisine that I’ve been lucky enough to try: Italian, Mexican, Thai, Vietnamese, Taiwanese, Japanese, Chinese, Indian, Spanish, Russian, Belgian, Dutch, Central American, Cajun, Californian, Moroccan, British, Haitian, Ethiopian (Have you ever been to Queen of Sheba in L’ville, by the way? It’s fantastic). I suspect I’ve forgotten a few. 

I think if I had to pick a national cuisine, it would be French. I love bistro food, and French food done right is earthy, sophisticated without being pretentious, and that appeals to me.

But I’m also Southern. Sort of. If Tennessee is Southern. When I lived in Birmingham, my favorite restaurant was Chez Fon Fon, one of Frank Stitt’s restaurants. I used to go there to get the moules frites. After I’d dispatched all the shellfish, I’d tip up the bowl and drink the broth because it was this heavenly amalgamation of butter, white wine, thyme, chiles, garlic, and shallots. Fon Fon was next door to Stitt’s much more highly decorated Highlands Bar and Grill (which is also wonderful and has delicious oysters). I consider Frank Stitt an expert at fusing the best parts of French and Deep South cooking. Frank Stitt’s Southern Table is one of my favorite cookbooks: it’s gorgeous and the recipes are incredible.

I could write reams about food. You’ve opened a can of worms.

asks:
40, 41 and 56!

40. Afraid of heights?

Stationary heights give me an occasional stomach-flip of terror, but I mostly find them thrilling. I like being on airplanes a lot, but again, if I think too hard about how close I am to oblivion, I can quite handily wig myself out. I honestly don’t think I could ever skydive, even as a bucket-list item. I feel a deep shame about my cowardice in this area.

41. Sing in the car?

If I’m alone: unrestrainedly, with fist pumps, visible neck vein, and no regard for other people who might see me. If someone’s in the car with me: unlikely, but if I do, it’s in a soft-girl-voice kind of way.

56. Wal-Mart, Target, or K-Mart?

All three make my soul hurt. Whichever’s closest, and only if I can’t avoid it.

Send me numbers.

Ah, what the hey. Never done it before. Anons welcome.

adreamersguide:

  1. Do you usually sleep with your closet door open or closed?
  2. Do you take the shampoos and conditioner bottles from hotels?
  3. Have you ever ‘done it’ in a hotel room?
  4. Where is your next vacation?
  5. Have you ever stolen a street sign before?
  6. Who do you think reads these?
  7. Do you have a calendar in your room?
  8. Where are you?
  9. What’s your plan for the day?
  10. Are you reading any books right now?
  11. Do you ever count your steps when you walk?
  12. Have you ever peed in the woods?
  13. Do you ever dance even if there’s no music playing?
  14. Do you chew your pens and pencils?
  15. What is your “Song of the Week”?
  16. Is it okay for guys to wear pink?
  17. Do you still watch cartoons?
  18. What’s your favorite love movie?
  19. What do you drink with dinner?
  20. What do you dip Chicken Nuggets in?
  21. What is your favorite food/cuisine?
  22. What movies could you watch over and over and still love?
  23. Last person you hugged/kissed?
  24. Were you ever a boy/girl scout?
  25. Would you ever strip or pose nude in a magazine?
  26. When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper?
  27. Can you change the oil on a car?
  28. Ever gotten a speeding ticket?
  29. Run out of gas?
  30. Favorite kind of sandwich?
  31. Best thing to eat for breakfast?
  32. What is your usual bedtime?
  33. Are you lazy?
  34. When you were a kid, what did you dress up as for Halloween?
  35. Do you have any magazine subscriptions?
  36. Which are better, legos or lincoln logs?
  37. Are you stubborn?
  38. Who is better…Leno or Letterman?
  39. Ever watch soap operas?
  40. Afraid of heights?
  41. Sing in the car?
  42. Dance in the shower?
  43. Dance in the car?
  44. Ever used a gun?
  45. Do you think musicals are cheesy?
  46. Is Christmas stressful?
  47. Ever eat a pierogi?
  48. Major annoyance right now?
  49. Occupations you wanted to be when you were a kid?
  50. Do you believe in ghosts?
  51. Ever have a deja-vu feeling?
  52. Do you take a vitamin daily?
  53. Wear slippers?
  54. Wear a bath robe?
  55. What do you wear to bed?
  56. Wal-Mart, Target or K-Mart?
  57. Nike or Adidas?
  58. Cheetos Or Fritos?
  59. Peanuts or Sunflower seeds?
  60. Ever hear of, “gorp”?
  61. Ever taken karate?
  62. Ever kissed someone of the same sex?
  63. Can you curl your tongue?
  64. Ever won a spelling bee?
  65. Ever cried because you were so happy?
  66. Own any record albums?
  67. Own a record player?
  68. Regularly burn incense?
  69. Ever been in love?
  70. Hot tea or cold tea:
  71. Tea or coffee?
  72. Favorite kind of cookie?
  73. Can you swim well?
  74. Can you hold your breath w/o manually holding your nose?
  75. Are you patient?
  76. Ever won a contest?
  77. Ever had plastic surgery?
  78. Which are better black or green olives?
  79. Can you knit or crochet?
  80. Wash room or bathroom?
  81. Do you want to get married?
  82. Who was your High School crush?
  83. Do you cry and throw a fit until you get your own way?
  84. Do you have kids?
  85. Do you want kids?
  86. What kind of mom are you?
  87. Do you miss anyone right now?
Kings Of The Wild Frontier by Adam And The Ants from the album: Kings Of The Wild Frontier

cicada-shell:

Adam And The Ants - Kings Of The Wild Frontier

No wonder I haven’t slept well for the past few months.

Tomorrow in class I plan to go over what we’ll be doing during our final exam period: everyone will give a short presentation of their research on the final paper, as well as creating a poster to go along with it. To help the students out, I thought I’d dig out a few good poster examples to share from last semester. I had to look for them a bit, but finally found them under the bed, where I’d stashed them at the end of last term.

And that’s when I realized that since December I’ve been sleeping two feet above a thick stack of posters about Jaws, Vlad the Impaler, Jeffrey Dahmer, the Bell Witch, demon possession, Charles Manson, Nazi war criminals, the Kraken, and the zombie apocalypse—amid many other fake-blood-spattered visuals depicting horrific stuff.