Monday, August 31, 2009

We need this! Scorpion Bowls

Life in the desert.  Scorpion Stings.  Got my first two last week, while I was sleeping.  Check it out; you can see the sting in the middle of the pic and the OUTLINE of the SCORPION on the right side of the pic (my arm).  This is because I had FALLEN ASLEEP on it for at least 1 hour before I rolled over and gave him the wiggle room to sting me!!!!

We need this:

Or this:

And probably this too:

Scorpion * Largest drink in the world, a conglomeration of rums, gin,brandy and liqueurs, plus tropical fruit juices. Superbly blended and beautifully served. Sipped through Kon Tiki super long straws. The recipe is not available to anyone but Kon Tiki mixologists


Mommy's Whine

THIS was a wonderful gift from a close friend.  Served icy cold, this Pinot Grigio (we like to say Pinot "Greege") was refreshingly acidic enough to make your mouth water yet light enough that it won't slow down your afternoon plans for fun in the sun!
Here's what the pros say:
Cheers y'all!

Amuse(ment) Bouche; Potlucks, Distrust and Irradiation

Why isn't there more (Dis)Trust in Potlucks?
So my friend recently went to a potluck this weekend for a retiring professor
from her department- Entomology; the study of bugs. That’s right. And it got
me thinking… do you trust everyone bringing the food? Should you? Don’t we? 
Typically I like to assume everyone is as clean and respectful as I am, read: 
I’ve taken a microbiology class, I use my dishwasher regularly, I keep my pets
out of the kitchen…well now I do anyway…and I don’t have 5 rats anymore…and
we’re not housesitting 2 feral kittens from Cambodia…and the snake has been
rehabbed and released back into the wild…and Martini the Tiny Terrapen was
moved to a sweet pen out back…and our 2 Golden Retrievers are groomed and
shaved. BUT, I digress.
Along with this social faux pas: the only Chinese attendee was asked if he
brought the spring rolls (actually the young white newlyweds bought them at TJ’s) a potluck begs these hygenic faux pas questions:
-did the attendees wash their hands and keep them clean (without wiping their noses,sneezing, or adjusting their underwear) throughout the entire prep and cooking process?
-did they lick the spoon/prep utensils while still cooking?
-did they sample the dish unsanitarily while preparing it?
-did they have all the ingredients or did they have some creative substitutes?  I bring this up b/c I heard a new mom confessing on the radio once to using her OWN BREASTMILK for a bake sale recipe since she was out of cow's milk!!
-do they have pets or children?
-do they have a communicable disease or a cold that could be transmitted through saliva or airborne micro-droplets?
-are their workspaces clean?
-did they use fresh ingredients?
-did they cook everything well enough and keep any uncooked items properly

Sure, cooking and chilling a dish properly will kill most bacteria but do you want to tell your guests all these guidelines because you think they have cooties?! Simple solution: Irradiate, with a capitol I.
Yep, I said it; albeit facetiously.  How hard is it to bring your own uv light along with your insulated casserole carrier? That's right, it's not.  Sure, the life force of your tasty morsels will be dead and gone, kaput, but you’ll be eating sterilized-and-safe goodness! Thankfully! No worries about hugging the porcelain goddess later that evening, or being wrenched awake at 3AM by diarrhea pangs. What better way to say hey friend, I like to keep your company and share the bounty of our kitchens together but I think you pick your nose!?  Actually, you'll be ready for what's coming from the FDA:

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Dining and Whining here we go!

Hey Y'all!  I'm a transplanted Southerner with a 1-year-old. You could say we both have complex palates, sort of, impeccable table manners for our ages, or maybe not,  and a proclivity for the atmosphere and adventure of fine dining! Or, not-so-fine dining! But we're always up for a social adventure!  Stay tuned for our tales and photos!