@RadScientist I also thought it was an absurd hypothetical joke. Crazy!
Here is my use of the open thread: to see if other people are as interested as I am in a recurring feature on people's budgets. I know we kind of do it with the "what do you spend on transportation?" threads, but I would like, maybe once a week or month, to see a reader or Billfold editor walk us through their monthly expenses. Is this something other 'folders would be into?
@Tripleoxer It also kind of makes it feel like you're on a cooking show! "Now just grab this bowl of grated carrots..."
@Caitlin with a C Great tip from the comment section yesterday: make two pies!
@coastalelite After doing some of it, it's not even the way my voice sounds, it's all my verbal tics. Liiiiiike, I draaaw wooords ooooout? And use upspeak? And haaaalf my questions end wiiiiith ", or...?"
@eatmoredumplings Okay, I hear what you're saying, BUT: food processor slicing attachment for the cabbage and microplane for the ginger and garlic. Plus, you may know this, but if you slightly crush the clove of garlic, the peel comes off by itself.
I need to transcribe an interview but am really really dreading listening to the sound of my own voice! Must procrastinate further...
I cook every other night, but I like to get dinner on the table somewhat quickly after I get home (and I am a slow cooker), so on nights when my husband cooks, after dinner I do all the prep work for the next night's meal. The other night, I knew I still had kind of a lot to do before dinner and I didn't want to waste time, so I literally wrote out in advance every single thing I had to do, every ingredient I needed from the fridge and every utensil/bowl/colander/knife I needed to eliminate any extraneous walking around the kitchen. It worked perfectly. Would do again.
@garli Mandolin all the way. I chopped up some potatoes from French fries last night and with a mandolin it took all of 5 minutes and they are all exactly the same size. Actually, mandolin most of the way, Cuisinart the rest of the way. If I ever need to grate anything besides a small amount of cheese, I just stick the grater attachment into the food processor. There is also a slicing attachment.
I love cooking, but I am always a little susceptible to this mindset. I bring cupcakes to parties and then I keep one eye on them to make sure people are eating them. Once I brought these amazing peppermint patty-filled brownie cupcakes and found myself in accidental competition with other guests (whom I didn't know) who had brought store-bought cupcakes, and I secretly got kind of mad at everyone who ate the store-bought cupcakes. I knew it was ridiculous—I didn't know any of these people!—but I couldn't help thinking, "well, they obviously don't have a very refined palate when it comes to cupcakes."