Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Mishmash is my favorite dish

-Woody Allen's Nietzsche Diet:
In a scene cut from the "Ring" cycle, Siegfried decides to dine out with the Rhine maidens and in heroic fashion consumes an ox, two dozen fowl, several wheels of cheese, and fifteen kegs of beer. Then the check comes and he's short. The point here is that in life one is entitled to a side dish of either coleslaw or potato salad, and the choice must be made in terror, with the knowledge that not only is our time on earth limited but most kitchens close at ten.
Woody writes now exactly as he did more than thirty years ago. Is that good or bad?

Also, Woody claims that Scarlett Johansson is wittier than he is (and that she is "sexually overwhelming" and how's that for a one-two punch).

-TNR: The Stultifying Blandness of Conservative Cuisine. Among the various tidbits we find that, apparently, Republicans don't like fish. Or rather, they make a show of not liking fish because it might make them seem all effete and liberal. Warning: includes a description of the Veep's Chicken Florentine.

-Russ Parsons on cooking with smoke:
Smoke tastes like smoke and that is the dominant flavoring. If you're expecting dramatic differences from one variety [of wood] to the next, you may be disappointed. It's not a mustard and ketchup thing, but more like the differences between different types of mustard.

But there are differences, even if they are nuanced, and they do affect the way the smoke flavors the meat.
If the different woods are only nuances, I take this as license not to care. But I did keep reading because I will read anything Parsons writes.

-An appreciation of Aaron Spelling z"l, America's Trashmaster Flash.


Blogger the sad billionaire said...

I haven't had a chance to check out the TNR's article on conservative cuisine yet, but when our friends were over on saturday night, they told us a tidbit that I found, for some reason, very revealing about the Vice President. Cheney vigorously salts his steaks (which he eats very often for someone who has had a trillion bypass surgeries) on both sides, essentially coating the meat in a layer of table salt. Ecch. There is something so quintessentially ultra-con resentful and hostile about double-salting a steak, no?

3:52 AM  
Blogger mzn said...

Interesting. I heard a similar story about Cheney. You know how when you see someone driving at night with their headlights off, you flash them the hi-beams? Well Cheney likes to go driving at night with the headlights off. When the first car flashes him the brights, he sends Scooter Libby to chase it down and dispatch the driver and any passengers with a Glock kept in the glove compartment for just these occasions. Then he feasts on the quarry at an undisclosed location with that old lawyer he shot in the face and his daughter, who is a lesbian. Everyone salts the meat on both sides.

11:32 AM  

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