25 Random Things, Kitchen Style
Like a gazillion other Facebookers, I succumbed to the pressure, but as suggested by a trusted consigliere, I limited my list-composing time to 15 minutes. In the midst of my pen-to-paper extemporaneous combustion (yes, I actually hand wrote my list), it occurred to me that this might be a fun exercise for us cooks.
To get things started, I've compiled my own "25 Random -- With a Kitchen Twist," below, which I've cut and pasted directly from my Facebook Fan page. You can use it as a model and make it your own "25" to share with your "friends" or weigh in at the bottom of this page or add your comments here. And in case this is completely Greek, I've included the rules and how-to.
If nothing else, this exercise feeds the writing muse. Have fun, and tell me something random!
Rules: Once you've been tagged, write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about food and drink, your kitchen, cooking life or anything edible, culinary or gastronomical.
At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it's because I want to know more about you.
To do this, go to “NOTES” under tabs on your "PROFILE" page (you may have to add the tab by clicking on the + sign) click on "Compose New Messsage" and paste these instructions in the body of the note, type your 25 random things, tag 25 people (in the right hand corner of the app) then click publish.
1. During the week, I make coffee with my Bialetti stovetop espresso maker; on the weekend, it's a French press pot shared with Mister MA.
2. My first cookbook as a kid was the Better Homes & Garden Junior Cookbook; my first cookbook as an adult was "The New Basics Cookbook" by Julee Rosso and Sheila Lukins. I still own both.
3. For the first time in I don't know how long, I have a toaster. Not a toaster oven, but a four-slice toaster.
4. I used Sweet-n-Low and Cremora in my Maxwell House coffee in college.
5. I didn't learn to light a grill properly until I got married. That was two years ago.
6. The best peach of my life was in Greece, when I was 17.
7. One morning, about 15 years ago, I was getting ready for work in my basement apartment in D.C. I opened the kitchen cabinet to get a coffee cup, and a rat flew out of the cabinet.
8. My first day on the job as a line cook, I was asked to keep an eye on a pot of lemon curd, and I nearly fainted.
9. I much prefer eating at the bar than at a table.
10. I butchered 80 lobsters in cooking school with a Turkish guy named Sukru. At the end of the day, I smelled like a sewer.
11. Bourbon, neat. With a water back.
12. Livers, better than okay. Kidneys, thymus glands and brains, not so much.
13. I would like to be one of those people who bakes bread at least once a week.
14. I am determined to have my own vegetable garden.
15. I need more schooling on canning and preserving.
16. I have yet to cook Afghani food. Hawaiian too.
17. I am not a compulsive eater, unless there's a bag of chips or a plate of bacon on the counter.
18. Food does appear in my dreams, and usually there's music, the sea and the color orange.
19. I could eat beans every day. Except franks 'n' beans in a can.
20. No matter how hard I try, I still cannot make pasta to save my life.
21. Teaching someone how to cook, even just one recipe, is like giving someone a key to a door they never knew existed.
22. I am envious of people who have had recipes passed down from previous generations.
23. I would like to learn how to cure pork and make cheese.
24. I wonder if/when I have a bigger kitchen, as I fantasize, whether it really be all that it's cracked up to be.
25. I am at work, with my agent, on selling a cookbook to publishers.
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