Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Just Add Water

I have a few cookbooks in my house, as decoration of course, and my favorite one contains various writer's favorite recipes. The best one comes from Joyce Carol Oates about adding water to a can of Campbell's soup. It explains how she wrote so many books -- the woman can cut out the unimportant crap and get to it! I used to be able to cook a few things, but have forgotten everything important about it including all the ingredients. I have managed to remember an entire score of ways to waste time that I could be writing so I guess I'm not that ahead of the game. I have a very clean house when I'm writing; I make dentist's appointments. I convince myself that such things matter.

Recently saw an article about "healthy" cocktails, mixing perfectly good vodka with muddled cucumber and whatnot. People interviewed claimed that this provided a good dinner substitute, that they felt superior to regular drinkers. I suppose it's a little less rough on the system than Jack and Coke, but still. I wouldn't touch a muddled cucumber with a ten foot fork except to put on my eyes to get rid of the circles underneath them and what those are from, well, it's from staying up so late to write. Yeah, that's it! I'm a fiction writer, after all.

Michelle's Spell of the Day
"I have a thing with the camera. The lens is unconditional. It doesn't judge you. "Debra Winger

Cocktail Hour
Drinking literary website suggestion:

Benedictions and Maledictions
Happy Wednesday!


minijonb said...

I like to think that a Bloody Mary can be considered a "healthy cocktail... but what do I know, I'm just a cartoon floating in cyberspace.

= : - )

the walking man said...

Lightly butter one side of single piece of bread (white or wheat).

Place buttered side down on frying pan over medium low heat.

Put two slices of american yellow processed cheese food on bread in pan.

Lightly butter one side of second piece of bread (white or wheat)
Place of yellow american processed cheese food buttered side up.

As processed cheese food begins to melt use fingers or other cooking tool to flip entire sandwich over.

Sandwich is done when american yellow processed cheese food begins to run out sides of sandwich.

Place on paper towel so as not to dirty plate (thus minimizing clean up time) Serve with mulled cucumbers to reduce nutritional value.

Goes best with dry gin martini and anchovies stuffed olives.

Marks words of wisdom at 5am: I have a thing with the camera, the lens always breaks as I step in front of it. It does judge me.

Charles Gramlich said...

Beer is grain, you know. Grain is a staple of human diet. Thus, beer is a staple of human diet. My logic is unassailable.

dharmabum said...

I think you mentioned you were vacationing in Tejas. You back yet? I thought school starts soon. Just curious. I had emailed you about online classes. Do you do any?

I like your posts about authors. My mother, English teacher also, would have had a blast exchanging trivia with you I think. Mom knew so many stories and quotes, histories etc...of authors. Missing her is hard, especially the parts that I never really realized were priceless.

Anyway, have a good first day at school. I envy your students.



Yul Brynner said...

I eat cucumbers all the time. I don't like them.

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