A few other items before I turn in:
1. I'd like to thank the illustrious TBOGG for the kind mention and the link. I'd also like to thank all of you for visiting our humble blog, and for your great comments. We're new at this, so it's all very heady and exciting to us. We thank you for your support. (Whatever happened to Bartyles and Jaymes anyway? Think they ran off with Aunt Jenny to start a free-love commune in Nantucket and make Spry Wine Coolers?)
2. There's this, taken from the Washington Post story Translator Accused of Spying :
You know, I was thinking that posibly the guy was just a misguided dope who had foolishly acceded to requests to deliver letters and news for the prisoners being secretly held in Guantanamo. But then I read about that unauthorized baklava, and I knew he deserved the death penalty!
3. What do you make of this (Fire Retardant Leaves Chemicals Behind in Women)?
On the one hand, I guess this is scary news, since these chemicals are known to impair attention, learning, behavior, etc., in laboratory animals, and if they did the same thing to human fetuses, we might get a generation of hyperactive, undisciplined kids who would sit behind you on long plane rides and kick your seat. On the other hand, it is good to know that my breasts are flame retardant.
BTW, for an interesting look at how news is reported, here's the Reuters headline: Toxic Flame Retardant Found in U.S. Breast Milk, and their quote from the Flame Retardant industry: "ALB.N of Richmond, Virginia, one of the companies that makes the flame-retardant chemicals, said it was working to find out if the chemicals are dangerous.
And here are the UPI versions: Fire Retardant Found in Breast Milk, and "Peter O'Toole of the Bromine Science and Environmental Forum said human effects can't be extrapolated from rodents"
And AP, from a Texas paper: Breast milk of Texas Woman Has High Levels of Chemical, and "A Spokesman for the Bromine Science and Environmental Forum, an industry group, said PBDEs are safe. 'I think when you balance the two out, the benefits of fire protection far outweigh the risks,' said spokesman Peter O'Toole."
So, either worry or don't, depending on the news service your paper subscribes to.
4. Good night, and have a pleasant tomorrow.
Magic Meat Pie Wins the Pennant! Magic Meat Pie Wins the Pennant! Gets Chosen As Regrettable Food Experiment #3
Yes, in a hotly contested election that was decided when Dave and Mary both voted twice, Magic Meat Pie has trounced its hated rival, Pineapple Parfait Cake. And yet the pie has won a moral victory, since people like Elizabeth voted for it out of concern for my health and well-being after the rigors of Stuffed Frankfurter. So, Pineapple Parfait gets to be Vice Regrettable Recipe, and I'll prepare it next week.
(In case you missed the press release, we're trying to capitalize on the success of the "Julie/Julia Project"(in which Julie cooked all the dishes in the Julia Childs' classic and so gained blog fame and fortune) by cooking some of the alleged food in the James Lileks classic The Gallery of Regrettable Food. And we're letting people vote on the dish I prepare next, because we just happen to believe in a little something called AMERICA!)
Now the winner will announce its plans for its term in office. It goes a little something like this:
I don't want to cast aspersions about lack of candor or hidden agenda, but I've never before encountered a recipe containing ellipses. I wonder what it means . . . .but there actually IS a recipe for baking power biscuits on page 39
So it's not the lack of baking powder biscuits which they are trying to hide . . . but I don't like that lack of certainty regarding the milk . . .and where am I going to get a floured board?
Anyway, I'll do my shopping tomorrow and will try concocting this dish tomorrow. I'll take photos so you can share the magic. I will even taste the stuff, but if it gives me rabies, you'll have to take me out and shoot me.
Oh, and I actually did some research into Aunt Jenny. It seems that she WAS the town gossip, and the people in the recipe book really WERE all having affairs, illegitimate babies, and amnesia. Here's the real life story (Aunt Jenny Radio Show) :
So, when I tell you the story of Magic Meat Pie, I'll try to include some sin, suffering, and scandal. And lots of lots of Spry, of course.