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Cockroaches and Sourdough

Jun. 21st, 2009 | 10:56 pm

I hate cockroaches. I hate that they run in the streets of the city where I live. I hate the squishing sensation and sound when I step on them when they invade my kitchen. I really really hope Portland doesn't have roaches.

On the otherhand, I am crazy about sourdough.

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Jun. 1st, 2009 | 06:13 pm

Caterpillars have decimated our arugula. It's a little sad.

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Waiting waiting waiting ...

Apr. 29th, 2009 | 06:25 pm
music: NPR

I'm still waiting ....

I'm so impatient!!!

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Greta Gargle

Apr. 27th, 2009 | 09:23 pm

I just found out that I share a birthday with Greta Garbo. I also found out that she is Swedish. My Swedish/English grandmother always used to call me "Greta Gargle" when I would dress up in my mother's heels, fake jewelry, and dress-up clothes and strut around the house.

I can't think of a sweeter memory than that right now. That totally made my day.

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New Blog

Apr. 23rd, 2009 | 09:25 pm

By the way, I started a new blog, Bloody Show. This blog is about my interests in midwifery and health and the intersections of race, culture, class, sex, sexuality, disability, etc. with a little bit about cooking, gardening, and biking thrown in for good measure. Feel free to stop on by!

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Apr. 21st, 2009 | 10:11 pm

What is with TODAY today?

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Kenyan Sign Language

Mar. 15th, 2009 | 10:34 am

A friend of mine that I studied abroad with just found this amazing link to the Peace Corps. It's an interactive game about Kenyan Sign Language. Incredibly cool. Makes me long to travel the world again ...

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Ah, LA

Mar. 11th, 2009 | 08:56 pm
music: Adele

I had the strangest experience today. I was biking along a little side street and smelled freshly cut grass. And what was my first thought? "Who has enough lawn in LA to need a lawnmower?" And then I realized how long it's been (well over a year) since I've smelled that particular fragrance.

It's been a bit of a loopy day. Shortly after, still riding my bike, I tried to check my rearview mirror to see if there were any cars behind me. Of course, no rearview mirror.

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Night owls

Jan. 24th, 2009 | 11:51 pm

I wish I had not worked so hard at Mount Holyoke to develop the ability to work with focus late at night. I find now that I cannot sit down and really focus on my midwifery applications until, oh, 10 pm or so. And then I'm good for 2 hours or so.

Oh Mount Holyoke we give thee ... our skilled procrastination techniques?

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Sesame Oil

Jan. 24th, 2009 | 09:59 pm

friggasfemme's recent post has gotten me thinking about food and foodways.

Back when I first began to dive seriously into cooking (it seems crazy to think there was a point in my life before I discovered the immense joy of cooking) I was making all sorts of new things. One of my favorite recipes at the time was stir fried spinach and rice noodles. It used a few tablespoons of rich roasted sesame oil at the end to give it a bit of much needed depth.

I remember vividly how surprised I was when I bit into a natural malt ball one day and distinctly tasted sesame oil. I could never figure out what was more surprising at the time - that a flavor I associated with stir fry should be in a candy, or that I had actually picked out a distinct flavor in a food I didn't cook.

I used to wonder how my mother knew which herbs to put with which meals (does oregano go on Italian pasta or in an Asian salad? Hmmm?). Now I can't wait to learn new flavors and use them in foods.

One of the great joys of my life.

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