Friday, January 25, 2008

Knowledge pimp.

It's been an odd couple of weeks around these parts. Much has been going on, and rather than do a long recap, I'll just post some of the things I learned, in no particular order.

  • Risotto is incredibly easy to make. The other night, we made risotto with lemon, thyme and peas, and the next night we made it with butternut squash and mixed mushrooms. The third night, I had leftovers of both kinds, sort of a yin yang of grainy goodness.

  • Sometimes, it's fun to cook for guests.

  • Sphincter of ODDI dysfunction is difficult to diagnose, treat and live with. Difficult, but not impossible.

  • Occasionally, a Guinness with lunch is a good thing.

  • Mushy shallots are hard to peel.

  • Contrary to what the nightly news tries to tell me, Robitussin cough syrup works wonders when I have chest congestion.

  • Mama's on 39th (formerly Bell St. Mama's) needs to hire more servers. Also, they make a mean omelette. Granted, I didn't learn about their omelettes in the last couple of weeks, but I figure this is a perfect opportunity to extol the goodness of a number 54 omelette: ham, cheddar and mushrooms. They don't skimp on the fillings, and when you add on some grits, toast, and pretty good coffee, you've got yourself a hearty lunch for a cold day.

  • With all the advances in medical science, they still can't manufacture an IV machine that doesn't sound like a 2-ton science fiction robot chugging along next to the bed.

All this knowledge sharing reminds me of the opening lines of Charles Olson's Maximus, to himself:
I have had to learn the simplest things
last. Which made for difficulties.

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