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Saturday, October 20, 2007

Addendum to Friday Five on Saturday


"Shrimp, crab, lobster, clams, mussels, all these are an abomination before the Lord, just as gays are an abomination. Why stop at protesting gay marriage? Bring all of God's law unto the heathens and the sodomites. We call upon all Christians to join the crusade against Long John Silver's and Red Lobster. Yea, even Popeye's shall be cleansed. The name of Bubba shall be anathema. We must stop the unbelievers from destroying the sanctity of our restaurants."

9 These shall ye eat of all that are in the waters: whatsoever hath fins and scales in the waters, in the seas, and in the rivers, them shall ye eat.
10 And all that have not fins and scales in the seas, and in the rivers, of all that move in the waters, and of any living thing which is in the waters, they shall be an abomination unto you:
11 They shall be even an abomination unto you; ye shall not eat of their flesh, but ye shall have their carcases in abomination.
12 Whatsoever hath no fins nor scales in the waters, that shall be an abomination unto you.

So, all of you Revgalblogpals heed this! Actually, in my household, the Jewish Beloved abstains from fish withouth fins or scales (we have had discussions in restaurants about this) shellfish and lobster. And in 16+ years, in only one instance has our oven seen a ham!

Friday, October 19, 2007

Friday Five-Homage to the Top Chef

If you were a food, what would you be?

My mother and her sister worked in the family business, a grocery store (pre-supermarket) when they were growing up, and then took it over when my grandfather died. My mother was the butcher and we always ate lots of steaks. After I grew up and moved away when I'd leave after a visit, she would send be away with a box of my favorite food, New York Strip Steaks, so I guess that's what I'd be. Substantial, a little old fashioned although flying in the face of convention in these vegan days. A good New York strip steak, red in the center, charred outside.

What is one of the most memorable meals you ever had? And where?

1.Every meal I had in southern Italy this past spring was great and the memorable ones were the unexpected ones like at the car/bus gas station, when we had a flat tire and had the best breakfast and lunch! Better than any restaurant in the US, so good. We could have eaten every meal there!
2.This is difficult as I've had so many, hence my previous post! I'm remembering a plate of pasta I had at Chez Panisse in Oakland, California in the 80's, not in the main restaurant as we couldn't get a reservation but the one downstairs. I just remember that it was delicious and perfect.

What is your favorite comfort food from childhood?

Why, warm chocolate pudding, of course!

When going to a church potluck, what one recipe from your kitchen is sure to be a hit?

Haven't been to a lot of potlucks, but last Friday I took a box of Dunking Donuts to my Catholic Lesbians Group and it was a hit!

What’s the strangest thing you ever willingly ate?

I'm a pretty picky eater, so sushi is it, but I don't consider that strange. Hmmm I may have to think about this today and add something later. I was never a paste eater in grade school.

Bonus question: What’s your favorite drink to order when looking forward to a great meal?

As I stopped drinking alcohol 20+ years ago it's Coca-Cola or iced tea for me. But when I go out, I'll have a ginger ale to be festive! Has anyone tried Arizona Iced Tea Stress Tea. I started drinking it after the World Trade Center when I was cutting back on caffeine. I'm hooked. Water, too.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Doctor Shopping

Mrs Dumple decides who will have the
privilege of removing her gall bladder.

And that's what I will be doing starting this morning. It seems that my "Hep A" turned out to be an expired gall bladder-one producing stones, rocks and boulders rather than what it is supposed to be doing-not quite sure what that is, but I have a vauge idea. Yes, the yellowness, fever, pain were not the slightly sexy Hep A, but the dowdy, common gall bladder disease. Yuck. Doesn't it seem old, Well apparently it's THE most common surgery performed on WOMEN! wow.

I talked to my-no plan-doctor who recomended a-non-plan-surgeon. $$$$$$$$ later, I looked on my plan website. 199 general surgeons. I faxed the list to my doc who chose two, both it turned out do only hernias. Hey, I asked for a general surgeon and that's what was listed. False advertising! So it seems there is a gall bladder guy in the practice. (the gall bladder is green in all illustrations-is that right?) I'm seeing him this morning. Stay tuned.


Sunday, October 14, 2007

The Flatulent Nun-Callahan

And perhaphs you might understand why this amuses me.

Callahan Online-A Cartoon and a Suppository

John Callahan is an hysterically funny guy who happens to be a quadriplegic in a wheelchair . He's shocking, he's wicked, he's irreverent. Nothing is taboo and nothing is funnier!

I love his cartoons and when people-in my field or anwhere -start infantilizing or putting people with disabilities on a pedastal, well I'd like to sit them down with a book of Callahan Cartoons.

His website is: