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Thursday, May 17, 2012

That Salad. THAT SALAD

The recipe for THAT SALAD comes from here.  I'm not sure what it was the caught and held my interest - was it the picture of the pig conjuring up mixed memories or the writer's over-the-top description of being teased and pushed to your limits?  I don't know, but after a kaleidoscope of a day at work I found myself at Whole Foods putting the ingredients in my cart. 

The author at Food52 wrote about April Bloomfield's Lemon Caper dressing in glowing terms. It was the kind of description that makes you stop half-way through reading, look back , and question if you are still, in fact, talking about salad dressing. As opposed to Mother Theresa. Or penicillin. But I was intrigued by the idea of lemon segments in the dressing and her description of the acids working with the fats (which in April Bloomfield's case were fried pig ears).

I sent the link to Jennifer and she wrote back, "What on earth could you substitute for pig ears?" I wanted to find out.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

My Favorite Holiday I Never Knew Existed

It's that time of year again.  It always sneaks up on me. 

Once a year, South Carolina state offices close down to honor soldiers who wore grey uniforms and carried the stars and bars.

That's right: it is Confederate Memorial Day!

Note: County offices remain operational.

I usually celebrate by spending the day explaining to Yankees why the DMV is closed.

Me: "It's Confederate Memorial Day."
Yankee: "Yeah right."
Me: "No, it's a real holiday.  All state offices are closed."
The bemused look on the faces of the unsuspecting Yankees slowly fade away as they realize we're serious.  We don't joke about Confederate Memorial Day in these parts.

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