Wednesday, January 29, 2014

quick takes

happy wednesday! this week is a good one, because friday ends with me in chicago for a slightly early celebration of two years with this amazing man.

25 cooking mistakes even good cooks make. many are common sense.  but take the time to watch gordon ramsey teach you how to chop an onion. i am testing this out next time, because blinking tears out of my eyes each time i need chopped onion is not my favorite. also, garlic. add more, always.

in the food vein, 24 foods you hated as a kid but love as an adult.  except to be honest, i still can't do grapefruit, runny eggs, olives, mushrooms, anchovies, and i'm not sure i've ever had okra. but considering i used to abhor brussels sprouts, cooked spinach, coffee, dark chocolate, eggplant, avocado, tomato, spicy food and onions too, i'd say i've made quite a bit of progress in the expand-your-food-horizons game. (yes, i was that kid who liked her sandwiches as bland as possible. sliced turkey with light miracle whip on toasted sourdough was my go-to.)

good friends are gifts. mine are scattered around the country/globe, so chats and (unfortunately rare) visits with friends from high school, college, and law school are even more treasured. sometimes when i get busy with work and family life and all that, i forget that friendships deserve attention as well, so: 5 simple ways to be a better friend.

some of these are good... you can almost feel the burn, even decades later. 19 scathing political put-downs. the comment contributions aren't bad either.

wordhoard, n. 'A store of words; (in later use esp.) the vocabulary of a person, group or language.'
Etymology: word n. + hoard n.
Pronunciation: Brit. /ˈwəːdhɔːd/,  U.S. /ˈwərdˌhɔ(ə)rd/

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