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Subject:Mmm.
Time:10:02 pm
Current Mood:lovedloved
Dinner tonight, with scurvy_flies:

Bow tie pasta, served cold in cucumber-garlic-mint-yogurt sauce. It's a recipe given to us by a Turk of our acquaintance. It tastes of cold, and it sits peculiarly well in the stomach on hot summer nights. Garlic? Yogurt? pasta? I know, it sounds bizarre. But it works really really well, and it's a sauce you can eyeball. There's really no way to do it wrong. It's my favorite summer dinner.


I feel loved.
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Subject:The beauty that is a good farmer's market
Time:04:48 pm
Current Mood:mellowmellow
In nutritional news, I had an intensely painful round of leg/foot aches last night, which I've come to attribute to a potassium deficiency. This afternoon, en route to Stop n' Shop in our quest for bananas, my mother and I stopped at a farmer's market a few miles from our house. I live in Massachusetts at the moment, just off the Cape -- it's a place in which one can drive for a few minutes and find a decent farm. Anyway, I had never thought about it much, but I realize now that I LOVE farmer's markets. First of all, they're generally outside, with only a small overhang or temporary roof to keep the fruit and vegetables cool in the afternoon sun; shopping for fresh produce in pleasant sunlight always finds me in a good mood. Second, this particular market (little more than a stand with piles of corn, wax beans, and strange leafy stuff on a table) was literally twenty feet from a large corn field. It is an exquisite and singular pleasure to eat food so fresh that one has seen the very field from which it was harvested.

Back home (Pennsylvania), there was this lovely place called Linvilla Orchards, which had a marvelous and expansive market. Fresh apples of at least a dozen varieties, assorted peaches and other fragrant fruits, and heaps of healthy orange pumpkins (pie!) could be found there every fall. Ah, what a lovely place. My favorite part about such markets is the smell -- a mix of peaches, corn, and freshly tilled earth. It's very comforting.

End of rhapsodizing. Thanks for listening. Sigh.
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Subject:On Ice Cream and Loyalty
Time:01:56 am
Current Mood:discontentdiscontent
Once upon a time, I was loyal to my ice cream. I had faith, unshakeable, in the goodness of Ben & Jerry's. It was good enough for me. And tonight, as I wolf down the last of a pint of their Mint Chocolate Cookie, I find myself... Straying. Wishing I had other ice cream.

It feels like cheating.

What I really want right now is utterly unobtainable. It is coconut ice cream from Four Seas, on Cape Cod. It's a small local ice cream shop, and the flavors are all fantastic and simply made. The coconut in particular is exquisite beyond what I'd ever expect- better than B&J's, better than Bart's, better even than Herrells and that's saying something. It's rich and undeniably not artificial- ice cream without guile.

I am unsatisfied by my Ben & Jerry's tonight.

Oh, and welcome to forloveoflunch.
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