1. I had to admit today that I don't know where anything in this apartment is. Today while searching for one of those bits that connect one Apple product to another, I happened to find a photo I had wanted to scan and put in my last post, which photo I had emptied several boxes looking for last week. That one album had ended up in a box of computer equipment instead of a box of photos and journals. I spent time hunting for at least two other things today. (Andrew uncharitably says it was ever thus, even in New York. I disagree, but this is a very big subject indeed.) Tomorrow I have to hunt down the spare key to my safe deposit box and have a bad feeling in my gut.
2. Friends! Strangers! Casual googlers of the word "gougere"! Whoever you are, I'm issuing a general reminder that we do not take essential identifiers and set them off in commas. For example:Los Angeles chef Suzanne Goin wrote a real humdinger of a cookbook.
A shocking number of bloggers would put commas around "Suzanne Goin" in that sentence. Those commas are wrong, because the name is essential to the sentence. Try dropping the name: to whom does "Los Angeles chef" refer? One can only speculate. Nancy Silverton has written some pretty good cookbooks, too.Suzanne Goin, the Los Angeles chef, appears on the back of her cookbook, Sunday Suppers at Lucques.
In this example, you use commas because they contain nonessential elements; that is, if you remove "the Los Angeles chef" and "Sunday Suppers at Lucques" from the sentence, it still communicates the same core message.
This just drives me crazy. Why is this the way we use commas? I can't tell you, but it is. This rule does not go both ways, like the Oxford comma ("red, white, and blue" instead of "red, white and blue"). (Personally, I think the Oxford comma should not be optional.) I'm sorry to bring it all up, but it's late. I'm testy and tired of seeing commas pressed into service when they should be nibbling on something and watching Gossip Girl. We all make plenty of mistakes in whipping up these blog posts--I certainly do--but my editing fingers get terribly itchy when I see these things over and over again and it becomes obvious that they are not just slips.
4. what we ate...
- 3.15 zucchini and mushroom tostadas with Homesick Texan's uncle's salsa...this salsa was the hit of the week for me. I was skeptical that canned (or in our case, boxed) tomatoes would taste right, but they were terrific--and how brilliant to be able to make a nice, fresh-tasting salsa in March. We used only 1 serrano chile and half the amount of chile powder, all ancho.
- 3.16 polenta with pulled pork and a salad
- 3.17 quinoa, roast sweet potato
- 3.18 pork chops with onions, quinoa, sweet potato
- 3.19 cauliflower macaroni and cheese, broccoli vinaigrette
- 3.20 mac & cheese
- 3.21 according to my records, we did not eat dinner on Sunday...sigh