Holidays


Hybrid Holidays

Hybrid Holidays


Posted By on Dec 16, 2014

After moaning and groaning about various things, I figured I owed you an actual recipe for a change. Since I owe no allegiance to any organized religion, my holiday seasons are always free to borrow from any sort of traditions I please. Usually this finds me turning on my favorite musical, Fiddler on the Roof, while spending a day baking Christmas cookies. Now that Bob has retired, my baking day has shortened significantly. I used to...

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NaBloPoMo? Not bloody likely…

NaBloPoMo? Not bloody likely…


Posted By on Nov 11, 2014

I really wish I could honestly justify using this cool-looking crest. Why? It’s got a viking helmet—I’m half Norwegian. It’s got coffee, a computer, pens, and paper. That’s how I often like to write: I’ll sit in a comfy chair or couch and scribble what I call first-draft thoughts on college-lined spiral paper with a black Bic Atlantis pen. Or I’ll scrawl on the backs of what I call scrap...

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When I think of the process for making garum, I keep getting the ridiculous Dr. Demento song “Fish Heads” in my own head. This is strange, because in Roman times, it is more likely that the heads of various fishes were not indeed used to produce garum. Heads and fillets would have been snapped up by customers in the fish market. Just about any sort of fish would do, from species such as small mullets to sardines, but...

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When my girls were little, we’d do the obligatory dying of the dozen eggs, then Bob would hide them all in the yard for Easter. One child found her six eggs quickly; the other found the event extremely frustrating. She was usually relieved when the other took charge and found them all. Both loved eating the eggs once they were deviled, of course. Each one got a relatively small Easter basket filled with fun miniature chocolates....

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Sex. Chocolate. Asparagus Pee.

Sex. Chocolate. Asparagus Pee.


Posted By on Feb 13, 2014

Now you’re paying attention. I was wondering, just why is chocolate sexy? Why are women usually the only ones pictured eating chocolate in commercials? Why are women sent into almost orgasmic states when they consume it (in commercials, I mean, I don’t recall ever being sexually turned on by chocolate…well, never mind…). Sometimes you’ll see a man in chocolate commercials, but I’ll bet 90% of the...

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The exact identity of the specific St. Valentine associated with our modern holiday is a a bit hard to pin down since apparently there were a few different men with that name who were saints. Regarding this particular holiday, however, we can connect one man who was tortured and later executed for the crime of assisting Christians who wanted to marry. This was way back in Roman times, before Christianity became legal. It could be that...

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