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Hello world! July 30, 2009

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Welcome to This is your first post. Edit or delete it and start blogging!


Rather ominous words, don’t you think? The greeting is a put offputting, too…I have never fancied myself to be a writer. It was an arduous chore in school, except for fifth grade. It was Mr. Sefzik’s first year, and he had yet to become jaded and apathetic to his students. He was full of promise and, perhaps, naivete. On Fridays, he assigned creative writing exercises, such as ‘what would you be like as a robot.’ He wanted specifics and descriptive imagery.


Flash forward about thirty years; it’s a brave new world out there! Practically anyone with half a brain can put their ramblings online for the entire world to see. Seriously, how cool is that???!!! Well, we will see…time will tell.


Welcome to my life, such as it is. Hopefully, you will get to know me and I will get to know the world just a little better, and perhaps, understand it a little better.


Currently, I am readying Julie Powell’s hilarious account of drifting through life at a dreary governmental job and suddenly deciding to cook her way through Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Through this period, she blogs about her experiences as her life takes turns for better and worse. (I don’t think I could deal with faulty plumbing on a continual basis.) The book is titled Julia & Julia; it has been made into a movie with Amy Adams as Julie and Meryl Streep as Julia Child….can’t wait to see the movie. I’ll let you know later how it is….


As I am reading this book, it got me to thinking…would the world care what my life is like and what my thoughts are? Who knows…


Ms. Powell’s adventures in cooking and eating are hilarious, especially since she is such a picky eater. I can honestly say that I am not a picky eater; I will try almost anything at least once. As she learns new cooking techniques and ingredients, she broadens her horizons and opens her mind. I have been cooking since I was at least 7 or 8, and reading cookbooks and recipes for almost as long. I can remember that my very first cookbook was entitled just that and Mom ordered it from Imperial Sugar after saving the required number proofs of purchase. I wish I still had that cookbook. I think I first made sugar cookies out of it.


I am now more of a cook rather than a pastry chef-type. Baking requires precision, the ability to follow exact directions/proportions and attention to detail. With actual cooking, these things are rather optional. It helps to ensure the outcome, but sometimes when not present, the outcome is still good. I think of recipes more as guidelines and suggestions. (Think about the pirate’s idea of parlay in the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie!)


I have been successful more often than not and I have learned that one shouldn’t drink alcohol whilst cooking shepherd’s pie from a recipe in one’s mind. (It was so awful, the dog wouldn’t even touch it with a ten-foot pole!) Also, don’t cook bone-in chicken and Stove Top stuffing without reading a recipe and/or instructions after inviting a new boyfriend home to dinner with your family. (Very bad idea – raw chicken and boiled stuffing! Uuugghhhh! Of course, I was still young and somewhat inexperienced in the kitchen.)


Life is kind of like cooking, I think. You are either really good at it or not so good. So many people come with excuses as to why their life just isn’t working out the way they think it should. I’m just as guilty of this as the next person. Well, guess what! You have to start out with quality ingredients and pay attention. Listen to advice you have been given (just like reading directions for a recipe) and take what you can use. If you don’t have quality ingredients to start out, work hard to get them and get what you want out of life, whatever that may be. It does help to be somewhat detail-oriented. It also really helps to use your imagination, too.


Here is a closing thought:

Continual cheerfulness is a sign of wisdom. – German proverb


Happy Cooking! 🙂


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