Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Since i have to cook dinner every night

a few fun quotations about food.

"Ask your child what he wants for dinner only if he's buying." Fran Lebowitz 

"Bagels are made with love and a little cement." Anonymous

"Classic Recipe for Roast Beef:
    1 large Roast of beef
    1 small Roast of beef
    Take the two roasts and put them in the oven.
    When the little one burns, the big one is done." Gracie Allen

"Carob is a brown powder made from the pulverized fruit of a Mediterranean evergreen. Some consider carob an adequate substitute for chocolate because it has some similar nutrients (calcium, phosphorus) and because it can, when combined with vegetable fat and sugar, be made to approximate the color and consistency of chocolate. Of course, the same argument can as persuasively be made in favor of dirt." Sandra Boynton

"Cuisine is when things taste like themselves." Curnonsky

"Eat drink and be merry, for tomorrow they may make it illegal." Anonymous

"Give a man a fish; you have fed him for today. Teach a man to fish, and he will sit in the boat and drink beer all day." OldFox

"How can a nation be great if its bread tastes like Kleenex?" Julia Child

"Miss Child is never bashful with butter." Phil Donahue

"I always wondered why babies spend so much time sucking their thumbs. Then I tasted baby food." Robert Orben

"I don't cry over spilt milk, but a fallen scoop of ice cream is enough to ruin my whole day." Terri Guillemets

"Recipe? Recipe? We don' need no stinkin' recipe." Eli Wallach

And i still say it's easy enough to be a chef.  Someone else expedites (chops all the ingredients beforehand), buys the groceries, which are always of the finest, and cleans up the kitchen after.  The real magician is the mom who makes something different every night out of the same old tired ingredients, while monitoring the kid's homework and folding the laundry and cleaning as she goes along so she won't have so much to wash once dinner is done.

Today is:

Act Goofy Day -- started by someone who wanted to see how far the internet could spread goofiness

Arivee de l'Evangile -- French Polynesia (Gospel Day)

Celebrate Your Name Week -- Tuesday:  Unique Names Day, a day to appreciate friends, acquaintances, and loved ones with unique names

Crispus Attucks Day*

Custom Chief's Day -- Vanuatu

Diasia -- Ancient Greek Calendar (festival of Zeus Meilikhios; date approximate)

National Absinthe Day

National Cheese Doodle Day

Navigium Isis/Ploiaphaesia: The Festival of Navigation -- Ancient Roman Calendar/Ancient Egyptian Calendar (Sailing Festival, honoring Isis as sea goddess and goddess of sailing, on the traditional start of the sailing season)

North Dakota Winter Show -- Valley City, ND, US (world's largest crop show, eight-breed cattle show, rodeos, tractor pulls, entertainment, and more for tons of family fun; through Sunday)

St. Piran's Day (Patron of miners, tin miners, tinners; Cornwall, England; Piran, Slovenia)
     St. Piran's Day Celebrations -- Cornwall, England

Stop the Clocks Day -- another of those with-no-explanation web holidays that sounds like a good idea

Temperance Day -- North America's first Temperance Law was passed in Virginia this day in 1623

Taoist Celebration of the Birth of Lao-Tse -- some say it's March 26, i'm putting it on both days

Town Meeting Day -- Vermont, US (giving all citizens the right to speak out about local government, an official state holiday the first Tuesday of March allows towns to have a daylong public meeting of voters to elect town officers, approve budgets, and deal with town business)

Wedding of the March Dryads -- Fairy Calendar

Birthdays Today:

Jake Lloyd, 1989
Niki Taylor, 1975
Kevin Connolly, 1974
Eva Mendes, 1974
Andy Gibb, 1958
Michael Warren, 1946
Samantha Eggar, 1939
Dean Stockwell, 1936
James Noble, 1922
Rex Harrison, 1908
Zhou Enlai, 1898
Heitor Villa-Lobos, 1887
Howard Pyle, 1853
James Merrit Ives, 1824

Today in History:

Roman Emperor Julian moves from Antioch with an army of 90,000 to attack the Sassanid Empire, in a campaign which would bring about his own death, 363
Naser Khosrow begins the seven-year Middle Eastern journey which he will later describe in his book Safarnama, 1046
English king Henry VII hires John Cabot (Giovanni Caboto) and his sons to explore unknown lands for England, 1496
Smoking tobacco is introduced in Europe by Francisco Fernandes, 1558
Copernicus' "de Revolutionibus" is placed on Catholic Forbidden index, 1616
Antonio de Ulloa, the first Spanish governor of Louisiana, arrives in New Orleans to take possession of the Louisiana territory from the French, 1766
*Boston Massacre: British troops kill 5 in a crowd, including a young boy and Crispus Attackus, the first black to die for American freedom, in an event that would contribute to the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War five years later, 1770
The Dutch city of Leeuwarden forbids Jews to go to synagogues on Sundays, 1820
Samuel Colt makes the first production-model revolver, the .34-caliber, 1836
George Westinghouse Jr patents the triple air brake for trains, 1872
Nikola Tesla, in Electrical World and Engineer, describes the process of the ball lightning formation, 1904
Winston Churchill uses the phrase "Iron Curtain" in his speech at Westminster College, Missouri, 1946
The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty goes into effect after ratification by 43 nations, 1970
Soviet probes Venera 11, Venera 12 and the American solar satellite Helios II all are hit by "off the scale" gamma rays leading to the discovery of soft gamma repeaters, 1979
America's Voyager 1 spacecraft has its closest approach to Jupiter, 172,000 miles, 1979
The Soviet probe Venera 14 arrives at the planet Venus, 1982


  1. Thanks, Leah. There are more, but these are a few favorites.

  2. Love that Fran Lebowitz quote. Some mothers cook as many as three or four meals every night to please everyone. This is nuts. If I didn't like what was served for dinner the rest of the family enjoyed eating my share.

  3. Love the Gracie Allen quote. I happen to be making roast beef tonight.. only one though. :) Say "Goodnight," Mimi.

  4. Stephen, i cook one meal, with enough sides that everyone can have stuff they like. If they don't, they all know how to cook for themselves, it's easier that way.

    Goodnight, Mimi! (And thanks for the smile, Hilary!)