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Asparagus

Back when I was a kid (in the 1970s) my parents used to go gaga over asparagus. I didn't get it then. Many years later I learned. Now it's not hard to get out of season as an import but in my mind it's still a spring vegetable. Whenever it hits $1.99/lb (or so) I pick some up. It doesn't really need much help.

It does have one, ah, unusual side effect, though... #1 smells funny. But that's a small price to pay.

Hacking Canned Goods and Other Prepared Foods

You get home from a long day at work... shuffling upstairs, you look through the junk mail and collection agency letters addressed to the previous tenant who is on the run from unpaid medical bills... you don't feel like cooking anything, don't want to get fast food, in fact you just want dinner quick and be done with it, but you don't want it to suck either.

Introductions

Am a longtime resident of Champaign who departed a few years back for the joys of the NYC metro area. Some may know me (or not). Email if you want details.

Ode to the Cast Iron Skillet

Having moved a few years back I had to "re-kitchen". This was because I got rid of nearly everything I owned and bought anew as I was moving across the country. No real loss in most cases and actually I think it might be something worth doing a little more often because I rethought a lot of things I owned. One of the items I got---having been convinced by Alton Brown that it was a good idea---is a Lodge cast iron skillet.

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