Post # 59 Saying What You Want

October 17, 2012 at 10:48 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Post # 59 Saying What You Want

There are a lot of sayings about food.  I’ve used some in this blog to highlight some posts and some lessons.

“Too many cooks spoil the broth” or in my case, the lasagna.

“A watched pot never boils.”

“You can never put too many onions in a meat loaf.”  My mom and I used to argue over that one.

There’s always a grain of truth hidden in these old sayings, mostly because they’re based on experience.

“Never pour salt in an open wound.”  Ever do that?  Stings like hell!!

“Put butter on a burn and it won’t blister.”  Actually, what it does is provide a protective layer against bacteria.  As an aside, the best thing to do for a burn is bathe it in cool water.  Do not put ice on it because that’s too cold.  Just hold the burn under the cold water and let it run.  Leave it there for several minutes.  Burns don’t stop burning once they’re removed from the heat source and the water helps take the heat away from the burn site.

“Add pasta to already boiling water.”  True, too true.  I once had a friend call me to ask what she did wrong when all her macaroni stuck to the bottom of the pan.  After some Q and A it turned out she filled the pan with cold water, put the macaroni in it, put it on the stove, then turned the fire on.  As the water slowly heated, the pasta melted into itself and eventually stuck to the pan.

My former sister-in-law, who is still a close friend and a wonderful person, was a treasure trove for inventing pithy sayings.  They were new and fresh but sounded like they were first said a hundred years ago.

“Nothing smells better than the barbeque you aren’t invited to.”  She and I and my former wife were driving somewhere through a picturesque neighborhood.  Someone was grilling hamburgers nearby and the aroma blanketed the area.  My mouth was watering and I was wishing that we were on our way to a barbeque, more specifically that barbeque, when she said those words.  They’re absolutely true.  For me, it’s probably because I didn’t have to do any of the work to prepare it.  Everytime I smell someone cooking on the grill, I remember that saying.

“Strawberries are over-rated.”  The first time she said that I laughed out loud.  I don’t like strawberries.  I used to think I was the only person who felt that way.  I like most fruits.  I particularly like berries.  My favorite is blueberry followed closely by cherries.  I know, I know, cherries aren’t a berry.  However, I never could get jazzed about strawberries.  It seemed like everywhere I turned, everyone was eating them and loving them.  One town I used to live in held a strawberry festival every year!  I just didn’t get it.  My mom was the all-time biggest strawberry fan in the world.  She’d buy strawberry anything and enjoy the heck out it.  Sometimes, the only jelly we’d have as kids for our PBJ was strawberry.  Ever try to spread a big honking strawberry across peanut butter?  The odd thing was I always felt like I should like strawberries.  I mean, what’s not to like?  My uncle used to grow strawberries and we could help ourselves anytime we wanted.  Picking a fresh ripe berry and popping it into your mouth should be the height of organic wonderment, right?  Logically, I knew they tasted good.  I could taste that they tasted good!  I just didn’t care for them.  My SiL put my feelings into words perfectly.  They are over-rated.

Finally, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”  It’s true that good health starts with good eating.  Your body is an engine that needs to be fueled properly to run properly.  The corollary to that is “An apple a day keeps the doctor away, but an onion a day keeps everyone away.”


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