Perils of assimilation

If only life came with subtitles.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

You Eat It and You Like It

Any one who knows me knows how insane I am about cooking. I am an utter control freak in the kitchen, I can't have any one else cooking with me, especially CrazyRoomie. Ask me to cook a meal and I launch into Kamikaze Chef mode, a state which puts the Swedish Chef to shame.

I have a set of extemely sharp and awesome knives that I don't want anyone to touch because their cutting technique may be inferior and will dull the knives. I hope to one day replace the pots and pans with professional-grade ones. I actually enjoy the act of cooking more than I enjoy eating, to tell the truth. I love the act of creating something new and wonderful, it's euphoric. Julia Child is my one of my heroes (the woman was a spy, I mean, how badass is that?)

Despite all my passion for the art, I know I could never again be a cook in a restaurant. All those people whining about the wait (It was just me and the other girl, for heavens sake!!) and asking for substitutions drove me into a hostile rage. I have but one rule : YOU EAT IT AND YOU LIKE IT. Now that you know how picky I am about cooking, let me tell you about a site that has blown my mind.

It's called Foodpairing, a site that maps out a food with similar flavor components, and also maps of interchangeble ingredients to supposedly come up with the a similar flavor. The purpose of which is to aid cooks in coming up with inspired new dishes, for example: Rhubarb-apple-mackarel. Although the Caviar-chocolate combo has every fiber of my being shouting NO NO NO, I am itching for the farmer's market to start again (and for me to become un-broke) so I can start expirimenting. The ideas it presents are like a Beck song: quirky, unexpected, often brushed off as crazy, but totally worth the listen.

Sunday, January 27, 2008


My favorite place in the world, Cafe Aeon, will be closing it's doors at the end of February. I just can't get over this. Cafe Aeon was my second home. After work, I would go all the way to McHenry and stay there until closing, reading and smoking and hanging out. I always stopped there for a cup of coffee on my way to Chicago, and Adam and myself planned many a devious scheme there. I met so many of my friends there: Dak, the Maggies, Dani, Kurt, James, Pam. Cafe Aeon was one of the main reasons I was going back home for the summer. Life just made a little less sense.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Back in the Northwoods

Life sucks.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Do Not Anger a Magician

He will pull a knife on you.

I never said my life was entirely normal.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Only Funny to Those Who Spend Excessive Amounts of Time in IHOPs.

Thanks to gift donkey for sharing this bit of wasted time.