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Old 04-26-2012, 10:26 PM   #11
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Claire I think you're suffering from mild depression brought on by visiting your loved ones and now missing them because the high of your visit is over. I'm pretty sure time will cure your problems, and in a few days or a week or two you'll probably feel better. Good luck!
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Old 05-07-2012, 10:39 AM   #12
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When my daughter visited me from out of state recently, we spent most of our time either shopping for food or cooking. Since she left, I've found myself in the doldrums food-wise, with a couple of exceptions brought on by Alix's lemon recipes and the need to use up things we bought. I think it will probably just be a matter of time until the dust settles and I'll feel more enthusiastic in general. Getting back to a normal routine and giving it a bit of time will probably do the trick for us. Here's hopin'!
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Old 05-07-2012, 11:49 AM   #13
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had a young couple over for dinner, after the young man helped me prepare my garden for planting. I'm kind of mentoring this almost adult, who has not had a proper father for a very long time. I taught he and the young lady who was there with him and his mother, to make carne asada buritoes, along with home-made refried beans, and guacamole. They did the prep work, while I showed them an easy way to fire up the Webber Charcoal grill with old newspaper and old cooking oil. No need for charcoal starting fluid around my house. Also showed them how to grill the meat just right, with the lid on to maximize the smoke flavor in ten minutes of cooking time. They also had to dice the meat after it was grilled, and before it was combined with the cilantro, onion, bell pepper, cayenne peppers, salt, and lime juice.

Finally, they had to put it all together, with freshly grated colby-jack, or sharp cheddar for my wife, and his mother. I showed them how to build the burritos so they weren't too full, but contained all required ingredients.

I got to make something I had been hungry for for weeks, and help a young couple learn to prep, and make great food for five, out of two New york strip steaks, part of a bell pepper, an onion, 4 avocados, and a can of pinto beans, oh, and 7 flour tortillas. Everyone was full and satisfied.

After supper was over, I then took the young man to my craft room and taught him how to tie an aunt pattern dry fly.

That got me out of the cooking doldrums. It has been my experience, that we are never more satisfied than when we are giving of ourselves for the benefit of others.

Seeeeeeya; Chief Longwind of the North
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Old 05-07-2012, 03:54 PM   #14
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So well said, Chief.

And I'll be darned if you haven't got me asking myself if I should invest in a grill. Seems extravagant for just one person, but your description of those Mexican goodies is awfully tempting.
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Old 05-07-2012, 05:12 PM   #15
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So well said, Chief.

And I'll be darned if you haven't got me asking myself if I should invest in a grill. Seems extravagant for just one person, but your description of those Mexican goodies is awfully tempting.
My grill is humble, a Webber Kettle that burns charcoal, and whatever flavorful wood i decide to throw in it. And if you can use it to mentor someone who wants to learn how to cook, wants to increase their knowledge, then that's double bonus.

I believe that if we have a little extra time, and the means, we should all mentor someone. Of course I put everything into my own children, when they were living at home, and still help them in any way I can. But they live so far away, and I have so many things I know how to do. I'm just wasting my time if I'm sitting around watching TV.

As a society, we've lost a great deal with our forced urban environments, even when we live in the country. We don't know, or talk to our neighbors. We are distrustful of anyone we don't know. We are not communities. We are individuals who are fighting everyone else, competing against everyone else, every minute.

If we could but learn to help each other, to be friendly toward each other, maybe our kids wouldn't think they need alcohol and drugs. Maybe the suicide rates would go down. Maybe communities could become a great place to live in again.

Ok, I'm climbing down from my soap box now. I was just talking to a friend about such things and was all fired up. But what I said is still relevant. We practice that lifestyle on DC. Let's practice it in our communities.

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Old 05-08-2012, 03:34 PM   #16
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Yeah, I had a conversation with husband about it. He used to pull his share of cooking, but the joy went out of it for him years ago. We came up with the response of a lunch out (in addition to our usual Friday night dinners w/friends), just the two of us, and maybe a delivered pizza or something like that once a week, until I get my enthusiasm back. I did already throw a brunch, and my friends are truly appreciative when I cook (and more than happy to help out; we're a very potluck type group). I guess I just need to back off the entire concept for awhile. Weather was beautiful, and getting my cookout mojo going will help. It's just the drudgery of coming up with delicious and nutritious several times a week just started getting to me the past month.
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