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If I knew anything about sports, I would give you a witty pep talk, but I don't so I will just say congrats on cooking something blog worthy.


Julie, just OK is good. Trust me!! And what your family doesn't like mine might. Probably will, actually, as your not too good would be my excellence!! So, please, share!!


I think it is also interesting to read about what went wrong, and why. I do understand that these underexciting dishes are not recipes which you want for a personal working cookbook, but we like to read about them, too.

Maybe you could have a category for "keepers", and then when you clicked on that category, you would have only those posts for your personal reference cookbook?

I've been thinking about this idea myself, and how to do it best. For awhile, I thought about keeping a 2nd, nonpublic blog, just to copy and transfer those posts with keeper recipes, so I could subindex them by categories. Needless to say, I am nowhere near getting this done.

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If the batter gets a hit everytime the game becomes kind of boring. We like reading about the misses. More terms: Catcher catches the ball, pitcher pitches the ball.


I'm not always too sure what to do with my misses, either, especially as they seem to come in heaps. I tend to post them, but often a bit later, when I get around to it. I think it's good to focus on what I learned from the miss (eg., I just don't like ginger).

Maybe you can post about them, but you don't necessarily have to include the recipe, since it's not a recommendation?


More posts about baseball wouldn't be a terrible thing.


I love food like this. And it's a Mai Phan recipe!! She has a restaurant called Lemongrass in Sacramento, which is the big city near us. Wel, I'd say you hit a home run with this one. I can already taste it! I've made others recipes of hers that have the caramel sauce and it works with Asian flavors.


hey Julie,
Do not feel bad about the slump.Last week I a meal so bad that the niece and nephew asked if pizza hut was still open.
They warm me .


Don't forget about the "sacrifice" and the "suicide squeeze"! Maybe in cooking a "sacrifice" would be when you cook something just to feed your family but you know you won't get a blog entry out of it.

I'm a little confused about chillies because I don't cook with them that often. Donna Hay calls for "chopped red chillies" in a lot of her recipes and I don't really know what to get. I tried miniature red peppers but they weren't that spicy (although I did burn my eyes when I absently rubbed them later). But I have no idea what variety they were.

Miz S

You can always turn to Leah in Chicago if you need help with the sports metaphors. She can help you with baseball AND hockey.


PS I love lemongrass. This looks wonderful.


Thanks, Angela, but I know darned little about sports so even if you did know and gave me a witty pep talk, it would probably be lost on me.

Cazza, some of these will probably make an appearance when I figure out how to rework them in a way that makes me like them.

Lindy, that's an interesting idea about the "keepers" category and maybe that's the way to go. Of course some failures are more interesting than others.

DFO, thanks for the thought, and the baseball terms.

littlebouffe, I think some misses teach you something but some misses are a little harder to define -- the I-don't-know-why-I-didn't like-that-it-just-wasn't-that-interesting/good-to-me kind. Of course, if I worked on figuring it out maybe I'd have fewer misses.

Will, I'll see if I can work it in.

Sher, have you ever been to her restaurant? I bet it's wonderful.

Bets, thanks. Pizza is sometimes my backup plan.

Rebecca, chilies can be very confusing. They go by different names in different places, they go by one name when they are fresh and another name when they are dried, and when an instruction is only "red chilies" I'm stumped.

Miz S, good plan. I'll have to work my way up to hockey metaphors though.

Lindy, I love lemongrass too.

Peter Lewis

Hey, Julie,

Do you remember my grandmother, Hope Wells? When I was a kid, she used to feed me as many weeds from the garden as vegetables, including purselane and lamb's quarters. I've since eaten steamed stinging nettles, which are quite good and would be better if they were served with some crumbled bacon - - Southern style.

Ann just sent me your blog info and I will read it further this weekend. Looks real good.



Hey, Peter Lewis!!

I do remember your grandmother, and that she fed you purslane and lamb's quarters doesn't surprise me.

Did the story of my marijuana plants in the purslane post sound familiar? If so, do you remember the source of the seeds?

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